bird_machine (50) - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 32 oz. growler thanks to Epeeist - poured into a Ballast Point snifter. Pours a cloudy thin golden, light orange color while the head begins to build up to a big fluffy white layer. Aromas of vanilla, orange, lemon pie, malt, flowers, citrus. Taste is pretty out of this world for a pale. Big creaminess, with tons of vanilla on the palate. Lots of residual sweetness that brings on lemon and barrel character complexity along with a generous amount of malt backing. Finish is a little dry with the perfect amount of carbonation to coat the tongue with citrus, hops and vanilla. Overall a sweeter pale ale, but the oak here plays a huge part on the mouth of this beer which I am completely obsessing over. Didn’t even realize it was 7%! Another seriously unique and incredible beer from Tired Hands.
TheEpeeist (2817) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Cloudy pale yellow with white foam. Nose is orange zest, grain and vanilla pudding. Crisp and clean with a lively tingle and a dry finish. Taste is lemon oil, bread and bitter orange with hints of oak. Great integration of the wood notes.
watson1977 (2287) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick foamy white head. Aroma is floral...citrusy...some juicy orange, grapefruitand faint funk. Flavor has some grapefruit and spicy/funky notes, nice dry oakiness...maybe a touch of spice and vanilla from the oak. Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is grapefruity/oaky and dry.
callmemickey (1355) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden-orange, medium white head, spotty lacing. Nose is complex, orange creamsicle, oaky vanilla, bubblegum, tropical fruits, a bit of light must. Flavor is less exciting, more oaky, less fruity. Medium to light bodied, gentle carbonation, a bit of texture from the oak. Weird and interesting.
PhillyCraft (1964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at TH, pours murky,hazy orange gold with medium white head, great lacing. Aromas and flavor of orange marmalade, creamy vanilla oak, orange sherbert, smooth malt and beautiful citrus hops. One of the best and most interesting pale ales I have tried in a year or so. Cheers.