FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by Date of January 2007, Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, full gold color and is topped by an initially two finger thick, frothy, somewhat quickly disappearing, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is a nice mix of grassy herbal notes offset by a ripe berry like fruitiness. There is a touch of warming alcohol aromatics that come to play towards the end as well as a hint of dry malt character and even something that reminds me of plastic.
The taste is lightly sweet, again accentuating a soft berry flavor. The finish has a grassy, almost astringent finish to it and there is a solid hop bitterness that runs throughout the flavor profile. While this beer does have some soft malt sweetness, the overall impression is dry. I think it is because this beer dries out considerably in the finish, where the herbal / bitter hop character comes into play. Quite simplistic malt and hop character here, coupled with the clean yeast & high alcohol it just doesn’t do it for me.
Still this is a much better beer than I was expecting, still it is a bit too green and astringent in the finish for me and with such a light malt profile, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like. I bet this would be quite tasty if fermented with a funky Belgian strain of yeast though.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, this one is different...and just seems to be confused with it’s own identity. Immediate thought is that it is like an MGD on crack. Lots of cereal taste in the beginning with a bitter malt backing. Then, some slight hops come through that taste promising...but are drowned out by the rest of the crapiness. Boo.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very biscuit in nose with some earthy hops. taste is somewhat the same. a little sweet. not bad i dont think i would get it again
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very pleasant biscuity flavor with a slight hop presence on the nose and the palate. A respectable beer, but style-wise, I am not so sure.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours light yellow. Aroma: lemon. Flavor: Start malty with moderate bitterness. Grape in finish. Thin body.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle best before Jan 07 Received via trade with cbkschubert! - Thanks Craig! - Pours bright amber with a short white head that stays pretty well and laces the glass. Aromas of some frosted flakes as well as some light floral hops. Flavor is dough, cereal, and a kiss of orange. Somewhat crisp and clean on the palate. Alcohol is well covered..Not bad.. Just not much to get excited about..
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle I picked up in Co. Golden color. Spicy aroma. Taste is cereal malt, spicy, earthy, with a small amount of citrus. A bit soapy. Moderate bitterness. This was a brew day beer.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle labeled best before Jan 07. Poured a light and clear yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of caramel, lemony citrus, and cookie dough. Tastes of biscuit, light citrus, caramel, and lightly fruity. I really didn’t get a strong hop presence out of this at all. Thinner body. Alcohol content hidden. I’d have to sum this one up as different...
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UGH UGH UGH Poured a pale amber color small head and lacing was junk. Aroma was way fruity. Flavor was watered down thin fruits and where in the world was the hops. ugh should have poured.
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can you say train wreck? Well, it doesn’t matter if you can’t, this was that anyway. The pour was whimpy looking, amber, somewhat flat, weak head/lacing for a style that certainly has more to offer. The aroma was fruity bad with some citrus and caramel malts. The flavor was weak and watery, fruity (peaches / pears / apples), completely missing a hop statement for a dIPA, IPA, even for a pale ale. Too watery to be caramel sweet and the mouthfeel was just way too thin. One of the worst dIPA’s I’ve ever had.