IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can from Kaggie; Can’t find a batch number! lightly hazy copper-orange with a big beige head that leaves rings on the glass; Nose of piney hops, caramel, a peachy note with a tiny vanilla undertone; flavor is a light bitterness, caramel, light fruits, and some grapefruit; finish lightly bitter. Now I need to get ahold of a case!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is gazed ruddy amber with a thin sticky off white head...smell is lightly resiny and has hints of soap an pine...taste is sweet with some molasses at fort, followed up by a light resin bitter hop flavor. Not really good but I am so surprised thisvcame from Conroe!
wu1000k (18) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce can from Spec’s in Austin. Pours orange-amber with 1-2 -finger head. Aroma of malt, pine, fruit, hops - the aromatic characters remind me very much of Great Divide Titan IPA, but in a pale ale style (slighly less hoppy, leans more to the malt side in the proportion of malt vs. hops). Moderate carbonation. Taste of slight roasted/sweet malt balanced by citrus-ish hops, but has a bit of a watery finish. From earlier reviews, it looks like I tasted batch #3. Very drinkable, would be even better if it weren’t for the watery finish.
BTW, this should be obvious, but do not drink this straight from the can or you will lose 2/3 of its flavor... for most beers that come in cans these days, a loss of 2/3 of the flavor is usually a *benefit* of the packaging, but this one’s an exception :)
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney.
This is a nice suprise from another Texas brewer. Pours a deep hazy copper with beige head. Aroma is very nice, malt, pine, fruit notes, very aromatic. Flavor is bold, malty, grapefruit and pine, nice bitterness.. Mouthfeel has full body, medium-high carbonation. Over all I very much enjoyed this beer.
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep amber pour with a 2 finger cream head. fresh hop aroma with some piney notes. easy on the palate with a slight floral flavor along with some citrusy hops and sweet malts. easy finish and very refreshing.
theisti (3651) - Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz cans, courtesy of Zinister (Batch #2) and Specs Liquor (Batch #3) in Houston. I drank the two side by side.
Batch #2. Pour is a hazed orange with ruby highlights, with a three inch tan head. Head falls slowly revealing some nice lacing. There are a few carbonation bubbles floating towards the top. Aroma is very fresh orange ctirus, sweet and juicy. There is also some pine hop present. Under the hop is a bready maltiness which shines trhough nicely. Great nose. Taste is bitter-sweet orange, though in the tast you get as much peel as you do fruitiness. The malt gives it a nice, easy backbone. The finish is bitter, and the bitterness liners a bit. Palate is medium, and holds up nicely to the bold bitterness. 8,4,7,3,15 (3.7)
Batch #3. Pour is a orange ruby, with a three inch tan head. Head falls slowly revealing some nice lacing. There are a few carbonation bubbles floating towards the top. Aroma is musty pine hoppiness with a bready - sweetish maltiness lying below that. Quite a bit flatter, and much less fresh smelling than the #2. Taste is the musty pine hops initially, though they are actually fairly muted. The malt is present, though comes across a bit watery. The orange peel bitterness shows up initially in the finish, which surprised me a bit, since I had not really detected any citrus prior to this. The finish then rounds out to a piney, almost gin like taste. Palate is medium to thin, as mentioned, the malt tasted and felt a bit watery. 6,4,6,3,12 (3.1)
Overall impressions: certainly batch #2 was the better beer. Hopefully Southern Star is able to source the hops they need in the future, as batch #3 was a pretty predestrian beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flying Saucer - Houston on 07/27/08. Slightly hazy copper body with a small white head. Sweet citrus hop aroma with caramel and pale malts. Citrus hop flavor, some floral, caramel and pale malts. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
alexsdad06 (7744) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can courtesy of SS summer ’08. pours a clear dark golden/light amber color with a creamy lasting yellow beige head. The aroma is a nice mix of citrus, floral, earthy hops and mildly sweet malt. The flavor opens with some citrus and earthy hops, the malt shows through mid palate before giving way to a dry bitter finish. There seems to be light pine and a very slight medicinal quality, but overall this is enjoyable. Medium bodied, good carbonation, and very drinkable.
blutt59 (6356) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tallboy, cloudy orange color, piney nose, hoppy malt flavor with some citrus thrown in, finish is a little light
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored with a hazy look and nice sized head head and good lacing. Taste is sweet, some malts, hops, nice bitterness. Good feel to it. Smell is nice malty, caramel, nutty, and some hops. Good beer.