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 (3038) - 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 it’s not surprising that the head was very small during the pour, quickly settling to a sheen. It’s also not surprising that the carbonation levels on the palate were pretty low.
BBB63 (6373) - 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. It’s 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.
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was damn good! this one was one of the first i had of the day, as well as one of the best. orange in color, with a nice hop kick to the smell as well as the taste. malty as well and very well balanced. this was a good beer. very good. sampled at brewgrass 04 on draught.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very hazy golden color with a creamy head.Just like the ad says:floral hops.perfumy,citrus.Very nice.The rye malt adds a different flare altogether.the nose from this isn’t quite telling the whole story here.hops do come thru’ but they are toned down by the rye malt.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a coper color with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops (not as much as the tasp version though), oranges, fruity, and sweet. Flavor malty sweet and citrusy with a hop bitter backing. Good balance. Light to medium bodied.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest ’04. Amber coloring with an off-white head. I never really got the ’rye’ part of the flavor but this was a very enjoyable pale. Easy drinking, yet full-flavored and hoppy. Enjoyable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber with a white head. I didn’t get the rye nose I expected. Got more of a citrusy, IPA kind of nose. It was good, but just unexpected. A little watery and light on carbonation. The flavor wasn’t bad. More an IPA than a rye ale.