blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first time down to Atlanta, I was lucky enough to try this is both bottles and on tap. Apparently if you order a beer at a bar in Atlanta without specifying draught or bottled, they automatically will give you the bottled stuff.
The Bottled: Didnít give me a glass so cannot comment on color or head. Difficult to smell the true aroma. It had a nice palate and was quite refreshing. Tasted the hops and malt but nothing really too interesting. It didnít really stand out to me.
On Tap: Pours a nice caramel color with a quickly dissapating head with a slight lacing on top. You really taste the fresh malt and hops in this one. The rye flavors also really pulled through without being too overwhelming. Slightly dry fragrantly hoppy finish. Nice sweet fresh aroma and the beer is also nicely balanced.
This ended up being my favorite local beer during my trip. Make sure you get it on tap. The bottled version does not do it justice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a golden-orange body topped by a thin head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slighlty sweet and malty wtih a subtle hop note, a touch of rye and a nice fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a golden color with a very small head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma reminds me a of piece of rye bread. Flavor is good with lots of rye taste and just a hint of citrus at the end. Not dry at all like i was expecting, itís very smooth. I enjoyed this beer!
mcscottmc (6) - USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always try to get this beer when I see it on tap, as it is not very common, even in Georgia. I canít say that I order the beer because it is among my favorites, I really order it because it does not taste like any other beer typically on tap (unless you go to a specialty bar). When the Basses, Newcastles, and Stellas start to get boring, this is a great change.
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of kp via trade. Aroma is loaded with rye, moderate sweetness, and a light floral hoppiness. Pours a light transparent amber with a small white head that fades quickly. Sugary sweet and caramel up front with a moderate grassy and light citrus hop finish. Lots of rye in the finish that lingers for a short time into the aftertaste. More rye in this beer than any other Iíve had. A little to sweet up front and not enough hops for balance for my tastes.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 refreshingly hoppy, citrusy beer as all pale ales should be. what differentiates this one is the bigger malt feel you donít expect.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an onion skin and orangish color, light lacing. The aroma greats you with mildly sweet grain, crisp hops and light alcohol (I think). The flavor seems to have sweet grains and malt and the Rye must increase the crispness level overall (like in Hop Rod Rye). Very well balanced citrus hops as well. Good. Body is a bit creamy but finishes crisp. Overall this is a nice ale. Iím sure itís a staple of the brewery.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Decent. Interesting taste. The kind of beer that tastes good at first, but lingers and ruins your opinion over time.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely fresh 12 oz bottle - Sparkling light amber, creamy white head. The hop aromas were no joke with loads of pine needle and white grapefruit rind, with a light earthy tone late. Citric hop assault flavors up front and throughout, and faint hints of rye play upon further warming. Not a ton of balance here with the sweet malt, but who cares if you like your hops in liquid form. Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry, bitter, clean finish. Like I mentioned in my cream ale rate...gimme this stuff all day long! Special thanks to John at Terrapin for hookin a brotha up. Now work on that Maryland deal will ya!?
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is all about juicy, pink grapefruit sliced rolled in pine needles. Nicely balanced flavor with juniper and grapefruit. Light-bodied and crisp with lively carbonation. Finishes mildly bitter, dry and grassy. I really like this one. Terrific session beer.