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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In 1815, Jefferson writes in a letter to Joseph Coppinger (himself a brewer): “I am lately become a brewer for family use, having had the benefit of instruction to one of my people by an English brewer of the first order.”

Large-scale brewing began with the appearance of a British brewer detained in Albemarle County during the War of 1812. Captain Joseph Miller improved upon the quality and quantity of Monticello beer, introducing ale, stronger beer suited to storage. While at Monticello, Joseph Miller trained the enslaved Peter Hemings in the arts of malting and brewing. Hemings – a brother of Sally – carried on the brewing operations, making 100 gallons of ale every spring and fall.

Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had “no receipt for brewing,” doubting “if the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt.” Using ingredients grown on the Monticello plantation, Jefferson’s brews varied based on the grains that were available at any given time, including barley, and larger quantities of corn and wheat. At Monticello, about three-quarters of a pound of hops were used for every bushel of malt.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pale golden yellow color with a thin and quickly fading white head. Dry, hints of tart citrus and banana. Light yeast and wheat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pale golden coloured body with a light soapy white head. Aroma of skunk, coconuts, pale malt, corn, coriander seed and a hint of grass and quite a bit of hay. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong hay flavour with some earth and cardboardie malts noticeable with a hint of alcohol and a definite but hard to notice coconut and odd fruit sweetness that hits hard. Aftertaste shows a skunky flavour with some cardboard and other assertive bitter notes. Overall, an interesting and relatively complex beer, for the style. Not a horrible beer to sample, but not the best value for money, especially from this brewer. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased on 24-November-2012 at Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington, Virginia for US$10.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-December-2012.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a hazy gold with a small white head. The nose smells of musty corn feed. The flavor is rotten buttered popcorn with notes of coconut and dirt. Reminds me of feeding the steers as a kid. This one is total crap and a drain pour. At least with BMC there is a note of bitterness and a light mouthfeel. This one is heavy and has no balance. Retched.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
750ml bottle from Kinz. Pours clear golden with white head. Aromas of citrus, wheat, and a bit of fruity. Flavor was grains, wheat, citrus, and some tropical fruit. Nice body and carbonation. Did not get any type of buttery notes. Better than I thought it was going to be. Refreshing and drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with no head. Aroma of grain and ginger. Citrus flavor with grain, and ginger at the back end. A touch watery, but an easy drinker. Very nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1740) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is wheat, citrus and tropical floral. Taste is sweet with what seems to be tropical notes, I am surprised by this. Light bodied with smooth texture. The tropical elements made this very interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Very pale. Good white head. There’s not a lot to the flavor and aroma. Just a bit of grain and very little sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2370) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Cloudy yellow golden pour, thin ring of white head and very light sticky lacing .... aroma of orange and wheat with some sweet malts .... taste is of wheat, oranges and sweet fruity yeast ... light sugar and sweet caramel malts .... finishes dry and sweet .... light and easy drinking

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned.Gold pour with a medium, foamy white head. Aroma is soft all around but has corn, grains, sweet malt and yeast notes. Taste is slightly buttered corn, grains, toasted malt, oak notes (is this even barrel aged?), yeast, sweet malt, faint toasted coconut (am I really picking this up?) and candy corn. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Finish is more sweet malt, buttery corn notes, candy corn, wheat, soft grains, bread dough, yeast and toasted malt notes.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3495) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy golden yellow with a small creamy head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is very weak, with faint notes of wheat and lemon. Flavor is wheat, some lemon and a bit of grass. Bland and watery.


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