Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden colour with a good half inch or so of tight, white, foam. Yep, it looks like an American Pale Ale to me. In terms of aroma, you get that punchy citrus element that you would expect from a beer brewed with Centenntial, Chinook and Cascade, and sure there is a trace of pine resin, again classic, but there is something else, something different, something funky. Also in the hopping is Topaz, an Australian hop variety which has some earthiness to it, as well as the tropical fruit thing which is apparently common in Antipodean hops. Is Topaz where the beer is getting its grassiness from? By grass I don’t mean the common garden stuff that makes a lawn, I am talking about special grass. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it smells a bit like marijuana.
Tastewise, up front and centre is a big whack of bright, tangy, citrus flavours, I wouldn’t go as far as to say grapefruit, more bitter orange in my opinion, but it is there and very much a star of the show. The backing singers though are noticeable and certainly add harmony to the main attraction with a light caramel note, blended with a light toasty element which gives it just enough of something else so as not to make this just yet another hop transportation system. The body is just on the light side of medium, which makes it nicely pintable, though not really a session beer at 4.7%. I can easily see this being a regular beer in the fridge over the summer months.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good pale ale. Good aromas and flavors. Finishes clean. Another winner from Starr Hill.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden yellow. Aroma of citrus hops and rye malt. Taste of spicy peppery rye with a salty bitter finish.
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BrettTaylor (371) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Poured as a 2 oz sampler at Virginia Beer Live 2013. Okay drinking but had a strange gingerbread finish? 2nd try at Blacksburg Taphouse. Previous taste prob flawed from festival palate death. Pours a light gold color, light head, but lotta lacing. Lots of citrus on nose and palate, malt sweetness underneath, well-balanced and crisp finish.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really like this beer ... it is dry enough to provide a real crispness to the taste profile. Hopping is good, stronger dry hop character than SNPA for example. My case was purchased at the brewery so it was fresh. I like it equally well from tap.
radagast83 (4049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the DC Craft Beer Festival. Poured a clear light golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was notes of pine and citrus, biscuit malt notes. Flavor was crisp and clean malts, with a nice amount of tropical and citrus fruits. Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink.
edgallow (1634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malts and pine. Taste is the malts and citrus.
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Beerathon (889) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Confused by the low rating on this beer, as I found it to be one of the more enjoyable beers at the brew fest I recently attended. Good citrus hop nose to it with good malt backbone.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Metropolitan. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and resin hops with biscuit malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, light malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Kinz (3164) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep gold, not amber :). Aroma is grapefruit, pine, peach. Flavor is lighter, some earthy hops, light malts and high bitterness. Wish flavor matched aroma, but not bad.