islay (1125) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Approximately 1.5 oz. sample at the Grand Tasting of the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in the Twin Cities, MN on July 23, 2007. This was the twenty-fourth of 26 beers that I sampled and rated during the tasting. Very hoppy, sharp aroma features citrus and pitted fruit scents. Pours a brown color with an amber glow. Pacific-Northwest-hoppy flavor with a light candy-sweet base. Medium body. Undercarbonated, but it was poured from a growler, so that is to be expected. About what I expected given the name (a hoppy but nonetheless sweet brown ale). Thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one.
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Draft at Twain’s in Decatur, GA. Nice blend of styles here. A bitter brown that actually has a good flavor. Nothing extreme about this one. A tasty experiment.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Brown colored pour. Hoppy nose with a nondescript malty body.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DL Day: Ruby brown hue a small fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, walnut, milk chocolate, grassy hops, biscuity, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is mostly your standard brown ale fare but there is a light kick of bitterness and even some citrus twang upon the backend. The mouth feel is smooth and drinkable, a bit metallic in the end. A solid brew from out of GA crew I would have guessed.
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a creamy, light tan head.
Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and caramel with just a smidgen of chocolate. Hops impart mostly citrus notes with some pine and a light grassiness in there as well.
Taste: Earthy malt flavor of toasted nuts and caramel. More pine showing in the taste, with citrus and fresh-cut grass taking a backseat. Plenty of bitterness in the dry, lightly chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a touch watery.
Drinkability: Its alright.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brown ale pours a light brown color from a growler. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is nutty, citrusy and sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are caramel, sweet, nutty and a touch sweet. Hops are citrusy and floral. Nice balance. Nice sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to whomever shared this at the noogfest. It poured clear brown with an apple cider aroma and sweet flavor.
yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Looked almost like a cola in the glass. Malty, overly sweet, with a medicinal aftertaste.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown, no head. Rather thin bodied, in a good way. Nicely malty and spicey. Clean, crisp finish. Uncomplictated and tasty.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown in color with a creamy white head. Nice hoppy aroma, very earthy. Flavor is somewhere between a sweet brown ale and an IPA, a very well-balanced beer. Smooth on the palate with a subtle, mildly bittersweet finish. Very enjoyable.