Bulk_Carrier (3865) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes. From my AZ trip.
The appearance was a somewhat hazy dark red color yet there’s still a nice transparency to the color to it. Light carbonation is seen rising but one really has to strain to see the carbonation rising.
The smell had a really nice combination of bitter piney hops to caramel malts - well noticed throughout the entire drink.
The taste was mainly sweet but does end up leading to a decent combined bittersweet flavoring, light caramel aftertaste, quick dry finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body and sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me, nothing obscure and nothing off, there is a slightly creaminess trying to coat the mouth and tongue but still maintains a somewhat sliding off the tongue sort of feel to it.
Overall, I say this was the best one I had by Thunder Canyone as its a good sesssionable beer to have with food.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint on tap. Clear, brownish-red, almost no head, great malty aroma. Good mouthfeel, pleasant taste, warm. Slightly bitter, somewhat toasted, but overall a great beer - I’ve had it twice so far.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Thunder Canyon. Pours a clear copper color with tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, bread and biscuits. Taste is sweet malts with some pleasant bitterness. Some fruitiness also. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish. Pretty tasty and easy to drink.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ TC - Pours a reddish-brown color with a small off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is basically caramel malt. Flavor is caramel malt and floral hops. Medium body. Kinda boring, but a decent session beer.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Arrives with a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head that starts out about a finger thick. The beer is a slightly murky, concentrated amber color that shows a clear, red-amber hue when held up to the light. Malty smelling with a touch of herbal / spicy hops towards the finish. The malt character is caramelized without really being sweet, it has a brown grain and lightly toasty character to it and it helps to accentuate a light fruitiness that leans towards a non-descript berry character or perhaps even a touch of raisin. The hop character is quite faint, and only really plays a supporting role here.
The beer is quite carbonated, perhaps even a bit more than I would like. There is a herbal / hint-of-pine hop character that mixes with a lightly sweet, caramelized malt and English biscuit malt character and this is finished off by a bit from the carbonation as well as from some bitter hop character that lingers for just a bit in the finish. There is a sort of sweet tea like crystal malt flavor to this beer. The body of this beer has a definite chewiness and texture to it, it isn’t overly heavy though, but is not a beer to be pounded by any means. The malt character is actually the focus here with ample notes of biscuit, chewy brown bread sweetness, touches of toasty, whole grain crackers.
This really isn’t my preferred type of beer, but having said that, it is quite nice for what it is; a caramelized malt, slightly toasty, kiss of hop character type beer that is nice and chewy, but still up for quaffing. The texture definitely seems to hit the right spot for the “cool” winters that Tucson experiences. I am actually enjoying this beer more than I would have expected otherwise.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish pour. Light head. Very typical amber. Light hops, caramel malt, crackers. Flavor follows suit.
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick tan head. Aroma of pale malts, bready malts, light fruit, hop resins. Flavor of fruits upfront with sweet malt, citrus, and malt in the finish. Tasty amber, works well on cask.