jasonp (1560) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pretty clear golden orange with a white head. Very fresh, citrusy Pacific NW hop aroma. I’m gonna love this already. Flavor has notes of pale malt, citrus, pine, orange and ends with some spicyness from the rye and caramel. Pleasantly sweet, perfect hoppy bitterness - very smooth. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Very drinkable, great for summertime or anytime for that matter.
kramer (5505) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via CaptainCougar. Clear dark gold pour with almost no head. Resiny hop aroma over a sweet caramel malt base. Rye makes itself known with some earthy tones. Rye flavor is the star of this show. Complemented and balanced nicely by resiny hop bitterness. Finish is slightly sweet with more wonderful rye. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little prickly on the tongue. A nice twist on an APA. Rye character lends a nice earthy depth. Rye beers are good.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Honey gold with suspended particles. Sticky creamy head forms rocky islands of foam as it settles. Vibrant sugared grapefruit aroma with hints of honey, hay, pinewood, and peach fuzz. Fuzzy carbonation. Light in body due to an early edge of hop derived acidity. Quite mushy, as well, and noticeably rigid with dirty hints of earth and aspirin. Malt presence substantially weighs on the palate with a dusty breadiness, but lacks cleanliness and definition. The coarse aspirin notes are thankfully soon abated as a husky anchor of toasted malt husks and fresh hay takes foothold. Hop profile is rather shallow, and lacks the palate-filing fresh-squeezed juiciness to compensate for all the “off” notes. Finishes fairly acidic with soggy/overripe grapefruit, while a fresh snap of rye and dry malt notes enact low levels of attenuation. The hop character is not only mushy and acidic, but also lends a completely off-putting aspirin astringency. Pretty average.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a perfect summer beer. Light golden in color, slight haze. Nice frothy head. Much mustiness in the aroma, along with some citrus. Lots of apricots, lemons and tangerines in the flavor, solid malt backbone and the slight spiciness of the rye malts. Finishes very crisp. Really a nice pale ale. I bet the Rye2 is tasty. Thanks to J-Rob and Larry for the brews!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Goldtwins. Pours a light orange color with a small white foamy head. Nose is wonderful piney, grapefruity at first, but settles down as the beer breathes a bit. Taste is nice and bitey, fizzy, with big notes or apricot that I normally shun, but love here! Also some very nice peach, rye of course is heavily present, a very smooth finish and a wonderful hopy burp just now. I could drink this every day.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cute cartoon label. Clear golden/amber, moderate to significant head of irregular form. Beautifully hopped nose. Pine, candy, and just a little dusty. The flavor was not nearly so welcoming as the aroma. (bottle at Brick Store, Decatur)
shrubber85 (9462) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Extremely strong aroma - peach, orange, apple. malt, and hops. Hazy amber color with small head. Sweet fruity flavor up front - orange/apple with a moderate hoppy finish. Well-blended with neither the fruit or hops coming out too strong. Very nice.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Almost-clear pale orange; dense head has a short half-life. Sparse cobwebby lace. Signature Amarillo nose of succulent pineapple, orange, sauvignon blanc, white cherry, and bubblegum wrapper. A strong raspberry component emerges as the beer warms. Spicy, crackery flavor augmented by a dash of caramel. Unmistakeable citric Cascade taste. The hop varietals are excetionally well-showcased... I actually identified them before reading the commercial deScription above. Pretty geeky, huh? A pleasant touch of oily slickness contributes to the fullish mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste is grassy, lemon peppery, and cleanly bitter; rye is more evident after the swallow. Excellent beer with perfect balance.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper Coloring ith White Frothy Head. Rye and Hops on the Nose and Tongue. Pretty Simple and Straightforward but in This Case, a Good Thing.
badgerben (4682) - 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.