Stine (1745) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Cask. Writing from old notes. Swirling shades of cream lace the coppery hued body. Magnificent aroma - fragrant and floral, sweet, with warming spiciness. Immensely full flavor, especially in the warmer cask version, with enormous fruit flavors and sharply bitter, hoppy edge. Greets the mouth with the sweet, rich feeling of biting into a fresh peach, chased by a dry, flowery finish. A must have if it’s brewed again next year.
Re-released in December 2006: A major dissapointment. Offensively watery and wooded on cask, gratuitously bitter on tap with more of a leafy, spoiled, monolithic hop flavor. Likely a simple, though dramatic, issue of freshness. A sedated, lifeless shadow of its former self. Cue the requiem intro.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery, August 2006, in commemoration for batch 700.
Translucent, nectary yellow with a steady film scum clinging to the edges. Aroma takes on sugary lemon grass, daffodils, citric corn chex, honeydew and marigolds. Could go either way. Flavor seethes static orange blossoms and elongated cotton. Dynamically refreshing. Centennial prominence projects mangos and spastic sugary orange drops. Melon and papaya are persistent in their tropically based citric showcase, with a clinging bitterness and a well supported and malcontented sweetness. Nectar laden wheat pipes the bittersweet arraignment, pursued by a crisp, orange glazed biscuit bite at the edges. Well-balanced, with a dry fruitiness melding well with the medium momentum format. Classic, aggressively balanced American pale ale, winding down with orange marmalade and a light yet authoritative clementine centricity in the end.
Cask, August 2006.
Settling. Suspended yeast is involved in the pillowy orange tinted cotton, as a one inch cap frames the beer with retracting marshmallow lace. Whetted sandpaper meets sprouts and the entrails of an orange rind in the aroma. Fresh, sugary hop bouquet peaks through with orange blossom honey and an autumn leaf’s seasonal mustiness. Smooth flavor portrayal of an orange rind edict. Mild, light tobacco wrappers circle round mango and papaya shards. Granted, there’s gentle carbonation to give a new persona to the formerly aggressive beer, conjuring motion in the slightest sense with the swiftest tongue flick. Citric glazed, almond sweetened bran flakes. Mild mannered, playing the part of a moderately bittersweet seducer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale orange with a fine white head. Lemon rind, with a little orange. Good clean hop flavor, but a little funny rind flavor in the finish. A fine ale, but not a standout in a very crowded catagory.
tennisjoel (1323) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy aroma. Nothing unusual for the style. Not overly hoppy, but pretty decent. Light in color. Almost all of the beers at TH are good; this one didn’t stand out like the Masala Mama, however.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light amber in color, slightly cloudy with average head and good lacing. aroma was very hoppy with grassy floral notes. texture had some zing to it and taste had some grapefruit. nicely done.
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served with a large head that soon diminished. Aromas of citrus and hops. Hazy amber with good lacing. Falvors of citrus and hops with long duration, moderate to heavy hops flavor, creamy texture, light to medium body. This is a very good beer!
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and hoppy, very rich and malty with lots of soft, pine aroma that is very pleasant. Almost cloudy, but mostly clear anda thin, white head. Rich, caramel malt flavor with a well balanced pine flavor and a nice level of bitterness with a hint of ale fruitiness in the finish. Medium sweet, but well balanced. Great medium-full body wit ha nice creamy feel and soft carbination. A really good pale ale.
ElGaucho (2384) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, hoppy aroma that doesn’t smell overly bitter...perfect for an APA. Slightly hazy light amber with an average-sized off-white, creamy, frothy, somewhat lasting head. Excellent lace!! Initial mouthfeel has a strong hop aspect. A touch on the dry side. This is an excellent pale; almost bitter enough for an IPA. I could drink this all night at 5.7% ABV. Not quite as rich and sweet as the Masala Mama IPA, but nearly as hoppy.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange and mostly clear. Sharp pine needles woven into a biscuity, bready and buttery malt with a hint of peach. Tranquilizer for the tongue and I am exhaling sweat bready malt. Very well done.
badgerben (4805) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color with a thin head. A good blend of pine and citrus-based hops in the aroma. The citrus tends to win out in the taste, but so much that it obliterates the rest of the beer. Dry and bitter finish with a little malt to keep it afloat. Well balanced Pale.