drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured a dark yellow, with adequate head that dissipated into a thin foam that lasted through the whole glass. Light biscuity malt was held in check by 'grassy' hops that were adequate, but not overpowering. A good session ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Named after what in Michigan thinks of Lake Huron as being its third coast of the Great Lakes, first and second are Lk.Superior and Lk.Michigan.
Nice looking lager, soft hazy yellow, more orange at the top with a big luscious, pillowy head of stark whiteness that faded somewhat fast but always leaves a solid thin skim of foam the whole glass through, lacing is in stringy patches. Aroma is all malts, very biscuity, and bread doughish, with a slight soft touch of apple and citrus. Taste is darn nice, layered and fairly complex malts, soft and appealing, slight breadish quality with subdued yeast and hops that lend a bit earthy, nice mellowing bitterness and dryness follows through and lingers longly into the back of the throat and tongue. Very well balanced. Feel is a lighter medium body, pretty full too, with a bizaar light creamyness in the middle and giving way to a slight tingly dryness into the finish. This was a surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting it to be this good after reading so many mixed reviews. I figured its a Bell's it can't be all bad. And its not. One heck of a easy, well balanced little brew.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber color with a full white head. Earthy aroma and a hoppy taste. Not an impressive brew from an otherwise very impressive brewery.
hershiser2 (2176) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single.
One word to describe my overall experience here: unimpressed.
My biggest complaint was the lack of flavor. It seemed to be bitter without much else. Nothing defined here... kinda like wanting getting some good french fries, putting them in the fridge overnight, then heating them in the microwave the next day.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was a little one-sided. There was not much more than a bitter hop presence in this beer. Only mediocre.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden colour with lots of yeasty sediment. Aroma is sweet with some citrus. Flavor is sweet citrus with some yeast. Acidic and hoppy finish.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a belgian witbier, very cloudy, sticky diminishing white head. Mysteriously enough, aroma is skunky at first, the scent fades away quickly enough though. It gets hay-ish, light, wheaty and tart. As it warms, the hoppiness becomes more evident and a very honest bitterness draws its way, it remains rather tart for a pale ale. Low-to-medium bodied. This is the golden horse that rides in between the weizen and APA. It kind of serves no purpose though. Original, but not what I expect from a brewery with such reputation.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An inception momentarily impregnated by an immature skunk...Cloudy, pale yellow Belgian wit clothing covering the full hay wallop of a bright Kolsch...Subdued, wheaty citrus from a German weizen encountering the confident late bitterness of an American pale ale...Characterful drinkability which sometimes suggests incoherence...
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium-density white head, fairly thick and long-lasting. Leaves a nice soapy lacing. Golden body with lots of yeasties floating about. Sour/funky aroma, almost like a weak gueuze. Light mouthfeel. The biggest component of the flavor is piney resin. There's some pale malt in there, but it's well hidden by the hops. Has a dry woody aftertaste. I really can't get much else out of the flavor. It's like drinking diluted grapefruit juice out of a wooden cup. The beer is pretty refreshing, but it's a little one-dimensional for me, I do like a decent malting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Hoppy aroma... little bit of pine... caught some slight sulfur. Body is a good looking gold color with some haze. Head is average but dissappears after a while. Overall flavor is bitter dry hops with a long bitter finish. The beer was good overall with not to impressive hops. I liked it better the second time around.