ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, dirty copper color with a quickly dissipating ivory head. Sweet, fruity malt aroma. Very sweet with a pleasant hop spiciness to offset it. Pretty fruity flavors as well with a touch of dark fruits, pears and even a note of citrus. Dry, fruity finish.
IrishBoy (3825) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Sandy’s San Luis Obispo; nose of spices, a little funk, and some fruitiness; lightly hazed copper-orange with a 3" head, that lasts for 10 minutes and laces pretty thickly as it recedes; flavor of light pumpkin pie (pumpkin and nutmeg), some tartnes, but not very heavy, caramel, and a little sweetness. as it warms the tarty funkiness disappears and it tastes more like a Cal Common with its fruitiness and less like a saison or Belgian ale. Much better than their Porter!
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky orange with a thick white head.aroma is of dusty hay,wheat,and some funk.flavor is a mix of the aroma,with some spice and malt thrown in.tastes alot like a saison.
Gorbalev (2920) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of biegaman. another rare telegraph beer, thanks Jan!! Dark orange, thick bubbly white head. Yeast, soft floral aroma, some sourness. Very refreshing taste: rather bitter, floral, light malt. Medium body. Nice stuff!
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of biegaman. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a large lasting off-white head. Aroma’s yeasty with a hint of funk, some spices, pumpkin (!) and lemon -- smells somewhat like a Saison to me. Flavour’s yeasty with lightly sour fruit, spices and some bitterness. Medium bodied. An Interesting beer, this is pretty good stuff.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Los Olivos Grocery this beer caught my eye. Amber and super big frothy head. Aroma was yeasty, citrus and spice. Flavour was malty with a complex and enjoyable yeasty flavour. This beer is smooth and creamy yet bubbly and hoppy. Lots of citrus flavour throughout adds a zing at the finish.
tribrewer (6) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer for the first time at a local wine bar. It had a nice color and citrus hop. Very malty flavor with a nice finish. A good beer to enjoy with dinner.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 this had a good head.average IPA color.Aroma was a very inviting citrus hops.It tasted like a good Ipa.I liked this beer.One of the best IPA’s I have had!!
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I heard that a new brewery had popped up in my backyard in Santa Barbara, I figured that I owed the RateBeer community the first rating. On tap, a deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a tiny white head, lots of bubbles rising on the sides of my glass. Aroma is subdued, kind of a spicy hoppiness in the nose. Very gentle aromas, and nothing in particular stands out. The first sip yields a multitude of flavors, most prominent is a really spicy, kind of herby flavor. Not very sweet but the malts are there, then a solid spicy hoppiness takes over through the finish. I get a hint of citrus zest in there, not like the citrus flavors from American hops, maybe a bit lemony with some subltly sour twinges too. A lot to pick up with each sip. In the aftertaste, a nice crisp yeasty flavor comes through wonderfully. Nicely balanced, flavors are pretty well in harmony. Medium body, medium carbonation, neither dry nor sticky in the mouth. I would agree that this belongs in the California Common style, no question that this beer is unique. I’m super happy to add another local brewer to my drinking lineup, and hope that others get a chance to enjoy this brew.