00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well as it says the hoppy flavor doesnt stick around long, but too bitter for me. Pours a light yellowish orangy color. Flavor has some grapefruit hints with a bit of btterness that is about too much for my likings.
csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. 42°-> 46°. NB Worthy glass. Poured really light orange, maybe some yellow hues. Small off white head (due to my overly careful pour). Nice lacing. Pleasant citrus/grapefruit and honey nose. Sour, almost wheatish malt start (is that the rye?) with a solid citrusy, honey background. The taste morphs into the citrusy hops and keeps the grainy flavor (nice) around. Finish is pretty well balanced, leaning more towards dry, with a residual citrus peel flavor. Feels "full" in the mouth, moreso than most APA’s. This is a tasty example of one of my favorite styles. Thanks Jay/Springlicker!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle contract brewed by Frederick B.C. spot for best before date is left blank. No head, slightly hazey copper color. Fairly big carmel and peach nose...some grain bag too. Not a lot in the flavor...some carmel hits as I swallow followed by a fruity citric bitterness...a gentle lingering bite. Malty beer. Not sure I get much rye in it. Decent pale.
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours dark golden with a fizzy off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is nicely citricly hoppy. Flavor is nice grapefruit hops. Not super strong by hop head standards, but as pale ales go this works pretty well. Nice session type ale. The rye works nicely, and I wish more brewers would use it. Both of the rye beers I have had have been very good. Enjoyable. Thanks Kawa!!!
mrmilo73 (2) - USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hops and citrusl, flower aroma . dry finish but not to bitter. A nice amber colorclear withourt particulate. made me wish i had another
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Frederick Contract Brew. Whenever I see Frederick on the label, I cringe. They spoiled my beloved Oatmeal Porter from Highland Brewing and probably are going to brew more of their beer and make them taste as unidimensional as the Oatmeal Porter from them. All right, off of my soapbox... Well, they did it to this beer as well. Cloudy gold in color with a thin, white head. Aroma is lightly piney, citrusy, and orangey hops with perfumey, sweet rye. Flavor is somewhat flat vs. what the aroma showed. Quite odd, a very short finish. This may be old. It tastes like the equivalent to lightly bittered citrus soda pop. If you cannot obtain a bottle of this to rate just bitter some Sprite and then do your rating. It would be the same.
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a hazy pale orange amber witha small fine fizzy head. This settles out quickly and the aroma is a malty and hoppy combo. Quite a bit of citrus, grapefruit notes in the hop side. Flavors are grassy and of light grains. A strong bitter edge but not typical hop type. Must be the rye malts. Almost a tame IPA. Refreshing, slightly bitter and a bit dry. Not bad.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sliightly hazy amber body, white head. Primarily hoppy aroma, not much sweetness. I get orange/lemon citrus and rubarb leaves out of it. I’m still looking for the "big malt background" the commercial description talks about. There’s a basic pale malt backbone but any of its sweetness is overshadowed by the rye malt dryness. Layered on top of that are bitter grassy then citrus hops. Dry, hoppy finish. This beer is about what I expected, noticable rye malt with American hops. Nice!
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
scent is a faint hoppy aroma, pours a fairly attractive golden amber, taste is slight malt with a fairly healthy hop presence, almost an evergreen sort of flavor. Only real rye attribute is kind of a dryness to it
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love rye. This one has a nice rye bite, but could use a little more. Very nice hop aroma and taste. Better on draft than in the bottle.