badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a thin head. Slightly bitter hops in the aroma without being very floral or citrusy. The rye didn’t stand out at all in the flavor, but the dry hops were very nicely done. Not overpowering, not crazy in any fashion. Just nice, dry, bitter, hops.
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
got this in a trade with TheBeerCellar2. poured dark orange, with a white head, that left a little lacing. aroma, hops, citrus leaning towards the lemon side, fruity, some malts. flavor, hops, malts a touch of honey, citrus, a combination of lemon and orange. not to bad
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color out of the bottle with a fizzy white head and a hoppy nose with lemons in it. Dark caramel sweetness with a rye grain flavor and a strong hop/lemon citrus finish. Nice beer.
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very disappointed in this beer. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time, but it came off tasting like a chemistry experiment gone awry. Color was light hazy orange-gold. The aroma was very appealing -- fruity and yeasty. The actual beer flavor was where this blew the shift - phenols were too prominent, diacetyls were strong, apricots were the best part. The body came off as medium-heavy - not what I expect out of a rye. On tap at 5 Seasons, maybe I’ll give it another shot in the bottle.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer offers a hearty aroma of hops. It is a golden-orange in color with a good sized head. It enters the mouth smoothly and produces a mildly bitter citric taste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark yellow with some haze. Whisp of a head. Mild aroma of honey and hops. Clean, somewhat sweet malty flavor with a nice, lightly resinous hop character displaying citrus and spice. Decent body. Well balanced bitterness. Easy drinking ale.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral, grassy, herbal and orange-grapefruit citrus hops in the aroma. Clear golden body with a thin white head that recedes to ring. Toasted malt flavours are joined by earthy, floral, citrus hops and moderate bitterness. Medium body is quite dry in the mouth with decent carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
southgadawg (6) - USA - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First drank this at Wild Wings in Athens. One of my more frequent purchases now. Golden color. Aroma comes across with lemon grass. Hops are the main character in this beer. Very clean. Excellent Pale Ale.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at London gathering, November 2005. Courtesy CaptainCougar (I think). Golden colour. Grass aroma. Lots of hop juice character on the palate - sharp, almost sour. Lots of grapefruit. Trouble is, I didn’t detect too much else to provide a counterpoint. I certainly didn’t find a "big malt background". I guess the brewer’s description of an extreme APA is pretty much on the button. However, whilst I liked the aroma, the flavour was a bit too one-dimensional and lacking in poise for me. I felt there was a certain emptiness at the core.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Confession: reptiles with banjos just have a hold on me, case closed, no explanation (well, beermail me and I’ll give it out)...the one on this beer’s label is a turtle with a straw hat, looking all countrified, probably plucking "turkey in the straw"...gotta love it!
Pours a hazy, golden/amber hue, with a full flush of foam on top.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh and zesty.
Taste: nice. Creamy, with a citric bite. Has a gritty tang that I kind of like. Rolls handily along the tongue, smooth, easily quaffable, medium-bodied, wit a crisp smack on the palate...creamy, again...nice...I like this one, although it’s not too complex, despite what the label claims..labels always lie, what can you do...