theisti (3416) - Leawood, 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 (6755) - 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 (6172) - 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 (4336) - Frisco, 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.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 1 pt can courtesy of Zinister. Pours a translucent copper color with a big sudsy off white head that has good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma is moderate and unremarkable with lightly roasted malts and sweet breads. The flavor starts out sweet, mild and nutty, and builds to nice complex biter hoppy conclusion. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish is long and biter with lingering pine. Overall: Another winner in a can. Very tasty. Thanks Michael.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Draft @ FS Hou): Pours a reddlish browd body, creamy whitish head, smallish but lasting. Malty aroma, nutty. Creamy, nutty, fruIty taste. Some grapefruit. Somewhat unbalanced, too malty.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy amber body w/ a small but lasting head. Weak malt aroma. First taste is WOW! This one sneaks up on you. The flavor is moderate with a great palate. No single taste sticks out, it melds into a classic beer with hints of malt and hops throughout. This is everything your average American pale wants to be. Kudos to packaging this in a tall-boy; these guys went bold on this beer and scored big.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of theisti. Pours a hazy orange-copper with a large, loose, fluffy, off-white head that leaves behind sticky lace. The nose is of sweet, candy-like floral and citric hops over a toasty caramel malt base. Light-bodied and fairly slick it finishes moderately dry and bitter. Bitter, floral and citric hops over a toasty malt base. This is an interesting APA, and I’m glad to have had the chance to try it. Thanks again, Tim!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 16oz can, batch #3. English pint glass. Copper/amber color with a dense one fingered cream colored head. Aroma is piney hops, but is very faint (due the head?). Flavor is earthy, floral, and piney hops as well as some light caramel and a strong bitterness (for the style). Not bad, but nothing special. Thanks for the chance to try this Tim.