artmcd8 (1920) - 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.
Gription79 (2390) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is very malty, caramel rich, oxidized, raisin. The flavor is bready, sweet maltiness, caramel, light coffee. The hops are very soft. Almost Footbalmed.
Darkmagus82 (1897) - - AUG 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-9-13-
Appearance – Pours a copper color with a small cream colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to a thin persistent film and leaving a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The smell is of some caramel sweetness mixed with aromas of toasted grain. Along with these aromas are some smells of a musty nature, giving a slightly stale aroma to the brew.
Taste – The taste begins with a blend of roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances the sweetness intensifies more toward the middle with a toffee flavor joining the caramel that was present up front. While the taste sweetens in the middle it begins to dwindle again more toward the end as some hop flavors of an earthy nature coming to the tongue. With the earthy hops comes some flavors of a roasted malt and a light corny taste, which leave a somewhat off lightly bittered toast flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to above average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess for a brew of its strength with a carbonation level that middle ground. The thicker body is nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop, which it accentuates, while the carbonation level is good for keeping an easy drinking brew.
Overall -This is a pretty easy drinking brew. Its aftertaste is not the greatest, but other than that it has a good profile. It’s likely worth a try, but not worth buying a + 6 pack of.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - 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 (337) - 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 (1389) - 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 (667) - 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 (8185) - 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 (1956) - 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 (823) - 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 (966) - 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.