KyotoLefty (7175) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: light malt, rye, hops. Dainty and spicy. Fruity, light, slightly spicy flavor. Nicely hopped as well. The rye works—it is light, crisp, a bit weak tasting but refined: dainty and subtle. I don’t really like it, but it is very interesting and well done.
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy, pale golden with almost no head. Spicy aroma that combines with fruity flavours. Well-balanced. Very refreshing and with good complexity.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAR 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Craft Beer Bar. Had this beer towards the end of the night and in retrospect, perhaps it should have been the first. Colour was very a very nice radiant glowing orange with golden bubbles cascading upward into a small, creamy off white head. Taste certainly contained it’s share of rye but overall this was just sort of...there. It was good, but didn’t blow me away.
Capa (2212) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden with a white head. Lightly spiced aroma with plenty of fruits and malts. The ry makes a brief appearance in the flavor but I didn’t find it to be all that noticeable. The fresh fruit flavor was much stronger. Really tasty beer but I wish the rye was more intense.
TimE (3894) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The deep golden brew really lets the rye shine through. The nose and mouth really put the grain on display, while the hops take a backseat, but not to a bit of wild lemon zest. I like how they made this beer. I just wish it was easier to find.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
5%. Faints whiffs of spicy rye and generic malt from a good pull on the nose. Very malt accentuated beer, but fair play, it’s not listed a s a pale ale. The rye presence is not too spry and this makes for a fairly generic ale, bordering on lager territory. Really needs something to punch it up.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This light yet flavorful Golden Ale knows how to keep the tastebuds busy with its citrus-laced cereals and spicy hop lengths. Not a world beater by any means, but another quality Swan Lake product nonetheless.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy pale golden beige.
-Soft carbonation and lean maltiness create an elegant mouthfeel.
-Very drinkable, flavorful and light, this makes a satisfying session beer, I’m sure.
Bottle; thx Tim!