artmcd8 (1560) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Said to be a different beer than the previous Groundhog. I’m definitely impressed for the company. The new management pulled this one around and produced something decent.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark nut brown color with orange highlights and a small foamy tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sour, a bit tangy and malty with some nut and cherry. The flavor was malty, sour and nutty with faint toffee and wood. Short malty sour nut finish. Medium body. Better than usual for this brewer.
OPIE788 (317) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewery. Groundhog beer is solid every year. Malty sweet aroma and a good malty brown sugar flavor. Not the best beer in the world, but not bad either.
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Wholefoods in Wexford, PA. Brownish Amber.small head and small lacing, faint malt odor, nice mouth, a little too muchh carbonic acid and a metallic finis
MarkSachon (574) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 12 oz bottle from Grant Bar in Millvale, PA. Pours with a nice head and caramel aromas. Has a nice crisp and creamy taste. A slight hoppiness is found on the nose. A nice addition to the Straub family.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark brown, looking deep coppery through direct light. The head is khaki and minimal. Nose is earthy malt, brown sugar, nuts, and a whiff of vinyl. Tastes earthy, with notes of nuts, brown sugar, some lactic tartness. Finishes medium in palate heft. Mediocre.
r464 (1914) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep copper color with a thin tan head. Light malty caramel with a hint of spice. A nice crisp finish with a hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced.
gripweed57 (632) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle. Mahogany brown color with red highlights. Brief beige head disappears quickly. Faint roasted malt nose. Cloying burnt malt flavor has little complexity or body. More burnt maltiness. Overall, somewhat disappointing.
nike (955) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My brother-in-law had one in hidden in his fridge. I just assumed it was the Straub light that they put out every year. But, this one was tweaked. Poured a dark red color with a brownish i inch head. Aroma was of toasted malts, some dark fruit. Flavor was light sweetness (maybe fruit flavors), light hoppy taste. Medium body. I liked the altbier.
douglas88 (5896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Barley and Hops. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A sweet caramel and malty nose. A smooth nice flavor, very clean, sweet fruity malts, some yeast and light metallic finish. Good. Some bubblegum in the finish.
kramer (4892) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is pretty decent, a light fruitiness over a toasted and slightly husky maltiness. A touch of hops round out the aroma. The flavor strikes me as a bit astringent right off the bat, and I think it detracts from the maltiness and light fruitiness that is there. I think it could benefit from a dose if hops that could add a little more zing to the flavor profile. The body is a bit on the watery side as well, I wish it were a bit more creamy and airy. Fizzy soft carbonation. I had bigger hopes for this one, there’s potential here, but the recipe needs a bit of a tweaking.