bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Just barely hazy gold with thin white cap and minor lacing.
Aroma: Very bready with some citrusy and spicy hops.
Taste: Bread and apple malt backbone that actually reminds me of an English/German hybrid. Nice hop profile that combines the traditional spicy, floral English hop taste with a little more citrus and bitterness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body with a crisp, dry finish.
Overall: Great example of how to take a somewhat stale style (English Pale Ale) and rejuvenate through both a historical and a modern lens. Well done, Damien!
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasnít sure what to expect from this beer. Indications of style were cloudy, perhaps apropos of this unfiltered beer. Nose was full bodied lager, like the best lawnmower beer you could hope for. Extremely clean mouthfeel and finish, without the potential metallic overtones. Didnít look unfiltered, but the corpus of this fine elixir made up for that.
Reminiscent of: Goose Island Honkerís Ale.
For those seeking a solid, clean ale without the sometimes overbearing, perfumed hop profile...this just might be your ambrosia. Extremely glad to have this and a wonderful addition to the Unchained series.
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into an English Pint. Pours a hazy gold with a little bit of white head. Aroma of hoppy citrus fruits and honey. Taste is very lightly sweet on the start and medium bitter on this finish. Slight aftertaste of honey. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, a pretty damn good beer. Definitely worth seeking out for the try.
CanIHave4Beers (2757) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 Pours a hazy gold color with a small but well retained head that leaves some nice lace. The aroma is fruity and peachy but really fairly mild all together. The flavor is something else entirely, dry, bitter, & crisp this is an ale of great class and character. The hops seem to have a good deal of depth while maintaining a dominantly herbal character. Thie beer is also fruity in a reserved way as well. The bitterness is very nice and lends to a great finish that begs you for another drink. The maltiness is slightly grainy, and crackery, but just very bright all around. I just feel like I could drink a whole lot of this.
After drinking three more bottles of the beer this weekend Iím inclined to give it an even higher score. This beer is maginifique!
jmohno (958) - Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First initial taste and i liked it alot.Glad im stuck with a six pack.Great bitterness that goes well with the malt and yeast.There is kind of an appleyness to this- crisp and smooth kind of like a lager.Good mouthfeel really refreshing and tastey with a good solid bitterness that fades softly and lingers.
Aroma is some herbal earthy some fruit with a pleasant yeast presence.
Now im going to have to try the other unchained. This is a good beer to have around.
drpimento (2018) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I let this warm out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, medium sized, off white head that soon settled to a light cover and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with lots of small bubble trails. Aroma is fruit, hop, malt. Flavor is similar to nose but with hops coming out much more along with pronounced bittersweetness and balanced by good carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and longer than average. Wouldíve scored this higher as an American Pale Ale.
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one bottled, thanks Wyl! Hazy, dark golden pour with a wispy white head, earthy and somewhat citrusy nose with a fine, balanced taste which tapers nicely into a sharp, citrusy hoppy bite at the end. Excellent!
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thanks! Cloudy golden brown color, large fluffy white head with good retention. Aroma of grass, earth, summer fruit. Taste is malty and spicy rye bread, bitter and very dry finish.. Nice.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a lightly hazed light straw color with a medium sized white head. Nice aroma here. Itís subtle, but quite complex, with contrasting scents of malt and hop that alternate in-between each sip. Sometimes the aroma can be crackery, somewhat doughy, and it resembles toasted bread. The hop scent is mainly a showcase of orange marmalade, with a unique spiciness present which is vaguely similar to coriander and bears a passing resemblance to a belgian witbier. Some tea-like scents and earthiness are also present. Flavor is restrained, but again is well-executed, with the crackery malt showing up in force, and the orange marmalade following right behind, yielding a jam over bread flavor I thoroughly enjoyed. Bitterness hits pretty heavy on the finish, and is slightly astringent. Again tea-like. Mouthfeel is medium, borderline light, with low carbonation. This is a perfect mouthfeel for this style of beer, and it makes the beer incredibly drinkable. For some reason I always crave bitters (and geuze) in the spring, and this beer certainly satisfied that craving.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours dark straw toward deep gold with white head. Nose is apricot and pear, hops, pale malt, spicy. Tastes pale malty, hoppy, peppery, with a mid-palate fruitiness that integrates well, and an overall solid palate complexity and finish. Much better than expected, and arguably one of the best Summit beers.