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 (2416) - 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. Iím still looking for the "big malt background" the commercial description talks about. Thereís 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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange body with a fluffy, big-bubbled, quickly-diminishing head. Big citric nose of orange and grapefruit, freshly baked bread, whole grains, melted caramel, light pine resin, slightly tart wheat (or rye) and a bit of floral/herbal element. The body is full and almost chewy without being filling. The flavor is excellent and quite satisfying. The hops give an excellent citrus fruit flavor that sits atop a fine layer of slightly sweet malt. The drinkability is subperb and the flavor is delightful. This is something I could drink regularly if it were available. An excellent example!
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap/In bottles: Pours a dark golden color with a suprising full head. a PA with a mild hoppy taste, very well blended beer with a great finish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pale ale - bready malts, hints of fruit, woody bitterness with a bite of rye. Floral hop aroma - not real strong, but pleasant. Jacob sent me one bottle - I could drink this all day long!
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with marinaro500, thanks Joe!) Mmm, very tasty! And nicely balanced too. Sweet and bready, but also moderately bitter with some modest grapefruit hoppiness showing presence in the finish. Also in the finish is a touch of spiciness hitting the back of the tongue. As this beer warms, some mild orange citrus starts coming out. Medium bodied, but leaning a bit toward the full bodied side. Good, solid mouthfeel, full, long lasting, but also cleaning up a bit in the finish from the hops. The nose is bready and mildly sweet, with some hoppiness in there somewhere. Dark golden color and a bit hazy. Hardly a pfft when the cap was popped, and so itís not surprising that the head was very small during the pour, quickly settling to a sheen. Itís also not surprising that the carbonation levels on the palate were pretty low.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazed amber hue with small but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of rye, carmel, biscuit, aromatic and grassy hops, and a touch of pear. The taste starts fruity and bitter with a nice dose of rye for a kick. Itís reasonable and smooth, very refreshing. Biscuity and toasty balance too. The feel is lively and never boring. A yummy brew and a surprising. I liked it! Thanks Jacob for the bottle.