growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the pleasure of enjoying one of these on New Yearís Eve with with Hopscotch. The beer survived the trip from the brewpub Leesburg, Va in a growler maintaining itís freshness and retaining itís character quite well. The ale is has a copper colored appearance with light fizzy head. The 9.0 ABV places this brew at the lower end of barleywines but allows one to enjoy the beer itself without being overwhelmed by the alcohol. It has a somewhat fruity smell, crips finish with a very plesant after taste. One of the very few barleywines that I want to enjoy more than one or two at a time!!! I am anxiously awaiting future releases from the newly opened establishment and brew master Dean Lake. Job well done on this one!!
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, burnt orange ale with a small, fizzy, lightly tanned head. Cherries, leather, light alcohol and light grapefruit in the aroma. Very balanced, well-hopped flavor with lots of pink grapefruit and ight caramel flavor. Medium-bodied and astringent with medium carbonation. Short, crisp finish. The relatively high ABV is very well-hidden. Very nice effort by Dean Lake at Thoroughbredís.