YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent but not exceptional IPA. Pours a clear amber with a frothy off white head that disappears rather abruptly but leaves some lacing. There are notes of citrus, sweet malt, vanilla, pine, and a wisp of spice. Medium to light body and thin and watery. The flavor was refreshing and clean, elements of the aroma present.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber, BB Sep 05.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with light notes of sage and plastic.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Thankfully not showing all of the major flaws in the Kölsch, this sample of Steamworks beer still seems to indicate some brewing problems. It’s quite lackluster for the style, being grainy, thin, and watery, with a little bit of plasticky/chemical character in the nose and aftertaste. I hate to rate a Colorado micro so low, but by the same token I cannot honestly rate this average or better. I’m not going to sit here and pretend to know what exactly is going wrong, but this is one of those IPA ratings where my personal hop preferences are not the issue.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22’er. Pretty much your typical Cascade IPA here, with a fairly aromatic citrusy, medicinal and pine nose, a golden color, a lush palate, light caramel and vanilla flavors, an oily hop feel and a floral and herbaceous flavor. Fairly good, but looking for more hops in the flavor and aroma, and a little hop diversity as well. There are so many more aromatic and flavorful hops that blow cascade away.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Eric: Pours a nice amber hue, with a fading frothy head and very good lace on the pint glass. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and pine, bready and biscuity malt, light clove, and dusty esters. The taste is a smooth balanced beer much in the English Pale Ale style than an IPA. Good citric and lightly yeasty background which keeps the palate interested. Nice lingering bitters and spice upon the finish. The feel is sharp in spot, smooth in other. When let rested, the beer starts to pick up a cask feel. This beer I think would rock on cask. An IPA (yeah right) for the average ratebeerian, hop heads need not apply.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The label on the bottle depicted a green goddess-like figure levitating in a seated yoga pose, pinching her own nipples. At least it looked that way. Nirvana, indeed. The beer itself had a deep golden body with an orange tone, moderate carbonation and a light, uniform white head. Appearance is spot-on for the style. Aroma is a little catty with lots of grapefruit, a lightly toasted malt background, and an ominous note reminiscent of corn syrup. Very citrusy flavor. Tastes like lemon drops and sugary children’s breakfast cereal. Late bitter finish helps, except the cattiness builds. Too sweet; hops should lead in a good IPA and not be distracted by residual sugars. Medium bodied with some slick, syrupy texture. The bottomline is that this beer is poorly attenuated. Steamworks definitely has potential, but needs to aim for more yeast action.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 ReRate-22oz bottle-pours typical orange with small white head. fresh hop pellets in the aroma along with lots of malt sweetness-pine, grapefruit with a faint cat pee note as well. flavors are much weaker than the aroma shows-mostly residual sweetness with a touch of fresh hop bumps. weak body and soft carbonation detract from this beer. I have had really bad luck with steamworks beers via the bottles. i hear they are much better at the brewery.
OK gathering-Mjames apartment-growler-pous nice orange with rocky whote head-some slight lacing-aroma is light ctrus-mostly pineapples-sweet, sugary flavros-orange, lemon. flavros are hoppy and metallic with some cardboard notes due to the age of the growler-thanks mjames!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Draft, 2003: Hazy amber with a nice orange glow to it. Mild carbonation; smooth texture, not too heavy. Big and juicy hops. Needed more of a malt background, only complaint. Some sour and tart notes in the background. Building bitterness never becomes too much. Decent IPA. Rerate, Bottle, 2005: Clear and medium gold; nice head. Smooth body with nice carbonation. Big hop notes all over the place ... kind of "green." Earthy, grassy, woodsy and a little piney. Grainy, cracker-like malts. Pretty good stuff.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - A lot better than I expected. Hoppy, but not overpowerfully so, or grapefruity. These guys did a good job with the hops.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 CASK at the brewery. Murky peach hue with a large ice-cream-like head. Peach hop aroma, with a sugared-cereal aroma. Big apricot nose as well. Very smooth throughout the drink, with minimal bitterness. Finish is wet and fruity, and this beer almost resembles a fruit beer. I can say that the IPA on tap is completely different, and not as enjoyable. Cask is the way to go on this one. Tap gets ratings of 6/3/8/4/17 bottle/can rating gets 5/3/5/2/10 = 2.5
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the brewery. Good but not great. Could use more hoppy bite and more carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. re-rate 12/08/02 Had it off the cask and it was much better. More hoppy and more complex. Very nice.