IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
500 ml bottle from Five Points Liquors, Ventura. Nose of grassy hops, light sweetness, paste, and a hint of butter (diacetyl). Gusher (lost the top 2"of beer from the neck); clear gold with a big off white head. Flavor is tiny bits of bitterness, sweetness, and diacetyl. Very mediocre!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with a brilliantly clear, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear gold color that get fairly pale when held up to the light. Sweet grain notes mix with ample DMS in the form of creamed corn. Perhaps a touch of herbal hop character is just noticeable, but the DMS is big enough here that it is really hard to tell. The DMS is actually a bit obnoxious after just a short while.
Sweet grain flavors up front of honey-like grain, sweet corn and pale malt move to a dry finish that has a touch of hop bitterness as well as a light herbal note. As far as balance goes there is just enough hop character to balance out the sweet grain notes and keep them from being cloying. The DMS is not quite as objectionable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but it does tend to stick to the palate a bit with a vegetal, cooked corn note. Appropriately light bodied, though not watery, and the carbonation provides a nice fizz to the texture.
Just not all that good, even by pale lager standards. The DMS definitely ruins the aroma and donít let this warm up much as it really starts to intrude into the flavor as well.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle, from Rythym & Booze, Brigg. Faintly hazy gold, fluffy but shortlived white head, nasty aromas of sweet starchiness, quite soft in the mouth with more nastiness from the sweet starch which is balanced (?!) by a harsh dry bitterness, short fruity dry finish.
Crit (3443) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow gold, stark white head.Corny, lightly soapy nose.Somewhat grainy light maly palate.Light spicy hop finish
Kinz (3378) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím worried and I havenít even poured. The bottle appears to be a Belgian lager masquerading as an Indian lager. This does not portend of good things. Medium gold, nice head, utterly clear. Aroma of grain and hay. Flavor is of rough grains, a touch of honey sweetness, and a load of grassy hops. And something that isnít quite right. Maybe it was the Indian flair they were going for. They should have stuck with all malts, and they could have had a much better beer. Having said that, in the vast world of crappy pale lagers, this really is on the high end of the scale.
thegreenrooster (3364) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is a golden with a white head. Aroma is typical lager. Some breadyness but overall this is wet paper bag. Flavor is horrible. Super tart lemonlike flavor takes over and makes you wince. It may be from Belgium but pass this one by.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from tops shared on 2/7/2010.
pale straw honey colored with a small off white head.
rough pils-ish grainy aroma mixes with honey comb, mud, a bit of nuttiness and dust.
add some lemon and mineral/slate to the aroma to make up the flavor... it finishes with a harsh mineral note which lingers with grain in the aftertaste.
the body is medium and crisp but somehow has a muddy/swampy mouth feel which really distracts me. 6/3/5/2/12/2.8
Frank (3128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís probably just me but when I see a pale lager thatís made and Belgium and called Tikka, I just have to try it. We have here a slightly hazed orange golden brew w// a diminishing head of mixed bubbles that leaves behind lace in big sheets. The nose is mildy fruity and floral, maybe a tuti-fruiti bubblegum sort of thing. Dry w/ a grapefruit rind bitterness up front complimented by a twinge of acidity. Vigorous carbonation. There is a strange earthy bitterness in the finish which is my only real complaint. Whatís really strangest about this beer is that given itís called a Pilsner on the label and it tastes like it does, I have to conclude itís been infected. It seems though that the infection was by some Belgian yeast strain and itís none the worse for wear and for all I know more flavorful and better.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
11-Feb-08 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 09-Feb-08 for $2.89 at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, CA) I take it that Tikka Gold is supposed to be Indian-style lager brewed in Belgium, or at least that is the marketing. On the palate, the malty base is bready, lightly sweet, and slightly cardboardy, but a light but noticeable hop character adds balance to the flavor and a mild bitterness to the finish. Except for the light cardboard in the finish, this isn’t actually all that bad. It’s light-medium in body, medium in carbonation, and sports a modestly crisp mouthfeel. Grainy, somewhat bready malts dominate the nose, and there’s even a hint of hops when the beer is swirled, but the ubiquitous presence of cardboard mars the overall aromatic character. It pours pale golden in color and very hazy, but the white head is very creamy and rises to well over an inch before settling to a quarter-inch layer, which it impressively holds for the duration of the lengthy session (and is still there the next morning). A large, dense, tightly packed blanket of foam covers much of the glass. What could have been a complete throw-away beer is actually decent enough to warrant drinking several ounces. It’s not enjoyable enough to drink more than half the bottle though...
Palidor19 (3011) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
not much on any front, slightly corny with some sweet malts. fizzy tasting with a touch of wheat at the end. better to skip it.