StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, magnifying gold with saliva spackle for the head. Honey, whole wheat and pumpernickel dinner rolls drive the nose with cookie batter and a hint of spicy floral ness in pursuit. Dry, bitter tone. Liquid thirst salivater. Rye is pronounced in the form of salted pretzel rolls. Dry scratch with a staunch citric element but never sears. Papaya and starfruit provide most of the citrus flavoring with a formidable cascade presence, and caramel malt is only on hand to support from a distance. Briskly glides along the palate. A refreshing session ale that lets the rye shine. Thanks CaptainCougar!
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 Pours a cloudy golden color with a small ring of white lace. Good aroma of rye and floral hops. Interesting flavor of rye and floral, resinous hops. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Very good.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 The Lure:
Grainy rye girth forms an alluring biscuity maltiness. Softly integrated perfumes give expectations that this is well-made.
A cushiony feel is created by biscuity rye pillows. Bitter and spicy hops delicately announce their presence. A beautifully crafted, mellow pale ale.
Laying back, a Sunday afternoon in spring.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Copper-colored, medium white head. Hops and grain in aroma, slight citrus. Flavor is moderately hopped, and a bit malty. very decent flavor. Mild hop aftertaste, and I like the effect of rye.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gently honeyed cookie maltiness leaves the necessary room for the toasty rye flavours to deploy. The pour is golden, hazy and forming a generous white foam. Light-medium bodied, excellent balance, not very complex, but appeasingly bready, gently hoppy and crafty. I could drink a lot of that.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is not unlike lemon grass with a hint of rye and hops. Nice golden color with a thin head. Citrus flavor with plenty of hops and a dry finish. Not bad but the taste is a bit too lemony citrus for me.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Gold color white head well laced. Crisp hop aroma some weak carmel like a mile IPA. Well carbonated and coated palate. Flavor is a grassy hop fairly dry.. pretty plain. Like a boring IPA.
sampled at GABF..
smells much nicer more hop fresh sweeter. up to 8... flavor is a little plain but fresh up to 7 ovrl bumped
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Pours a dark golden with orangish hues. Aroma of grapefruit, mango, citrus, and resinous hops. Taste is grassy, slightly bready/grainy, with spicy and sweet citric hops. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is improved recently, I raised my rating from 3.4 to 4.0. Well balanced with plenty of hops.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle, gift from Staley. Pours a copper orange with a sudsy, off-white head. Nice lacing adorns the glass. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Nicely bitter with an ejoyable piney, citrus hops flavor addition. The hops overpower the rye, so if you are drinking this for the rye character, you’ll miss out. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and zesty. A good, hoppy APA.
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: Didn’t 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 didn’t 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.