beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On-tap: This stuff is everywhere around here and I can't figure out why? IMO, this is the least pleasing brew that Summit makes, why they decided to push this beer over some of the others is beyond me.
Color is a honey yellow with a thin, white bubbly head of froth, about a finger high. Smells of citrusy spiced hops and light caramel, super rich in the hop notes. But this is where it takes a turn for me, is the taste, extra pale? Extra pale of what exactly? Its way to dry and bitter, very unpleasant to me, not pale by any means of my imagination of what pale means. I just don't know what it is about the taste, but I just pucker up like a Aunt at Christmas who hasn't seen me in ages. Blahyuk. Reminds me of a mineral or salt lick and fish scales when it finally reaches my throat and begins to tear my stomach to shreds. As before, its just to drying and overly hoppy bittering. Heavy in its approach that goes in the wrong direction for me. I've been debating whether or not to review this beer, cuz I think I might get some guff from some of the Summit lovers out there, but at a recent dinner out I decided to throw caution to the wind and try one. Well thank goodness I was able to drink some Schell's to help clense my ruined palette.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 living in st paul, and being a listener of 'mischke' on the radio, i've heard about this beer since i was about 12. smells decent-- hoppy and flowery. a tad thin... with a hoppy bitterness that isn't quite satisfying enough. i drink this when there isn't anything else, or if i feel like pay homage to my old, favorite city of residence.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near amber color with a dense beige head. Dough and floral aroma, with hints of light citrus. Mild caramel flavors with a slight metallic feel. Heavier in feel. Somewhat average APA.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Being from the Twin Cities, this is sometimes the only option when the rest is swill. It is ligthly amber in color and a less than average head when coming from the tap. The flavor is average. But it's better than the swill.
seuinoz (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
very refreshing beer with a great smack of hoppness.
nothing else to say about it.
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off-white mostly diminishing bubbles that left a fair lacing and a slightly carbonated transparent amber colored body behind. It had a tingly mouthfeel and a nice malt-hop-spice aroma. Its flavor was a medium strength combination of hops, malt and spice in a good mix along with a noticible alcohol contnent.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A small off-white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue of this beer was copper and the lacing was fair.The nose was hoppy, fruity, sweet and malty.The flavor was very bitter and it had a fore and an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly on the tongue, smooth, thin and watery.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice looking pale, with medium copper coloring and a fluffy, off white head. Nose is delightfully hoppy, and really quite nice as well. The flavor, however, doesn't quite live up to the nose and appearance. Hoppy, mostly in the finish, but it lacks any real depth of character.
DrnkMcDermott (2782) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, Minneapolis. Nice to see a larger craft brewer whose flagship brand is not the usual pale pilsner. And nice to see that it's readily available on tap in the Twin Cities (it's even on a few taps here in Chicago). A pleasing amber/copper color, toasty malty sweetness and a refined hop spiciness... definitely not IPA level, but enough to tell the novice beer drinker there's another world out there. Great with those Matt's hamburgers with the cheese fried inside the patty (a Minneapolis tradition my brother introduced me to)!
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color, hoppy and rich flavor, moderately bitter and very refreshing