hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Hand bottled sample acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!!!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, lemons, melons, caramel, perfume, and some alcohol. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and has hot alcohol burn in the finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: Festivus
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: caramel malt flavor with a light peppery spiced malt character, sweet caramel malt, a bit cloying, lots of bitterness,
Overall: the extremes without the balance in the middle,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand-bottled... Clear orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Earthy, herbal nose with loads of black tea and tree bark notes from the fuggle, golding or Willamette hops that were used. The flavor follows suit, but unlike your typical English IPA, this one has more than enough hop bitterness. A boatload of moderately sweet malt is evident, but doesn’t rain on this "hop parade." The alcohol is warming, but not annoying. Full-bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. A big SHOUT goes out to footbalm for shipping this 12 oz. sample my way!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-bottle, courtesy of footbalm, sampled on 1/6/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Sweet, lightly toasty caramel malty aroma has a fresh, grapefruity hoppy presence. Body starts sweet, toasty and caramely with a good toasty malt flavor and an earthy bittersweet finish.
JK (5625) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
IPA? Get outta here. This beer has a pleasant aroma of herbs and spices. The flavor is a letdown however, with weird grasses; corn, rotting vegetable matter. It looks good enough, cloudy yellow and a thick white head. Usually Town Hall does a good pale ale, but this beer is a failure.
badgerben (4808) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Murky dark orange color with a thin head. Very light hop aroma. Woah... bombastic hops in the flavor. Massive lemony hops with a pine back. The cask version of this has a very slick mouthfell. A little honey sweetness on the finish. Not what I would expect for a winter/holiday brew, but a fine one in any case.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottled gem. Pours a tanslucent golden amber with a smaller off white bubbly head that left slight lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, perfume, hints of alcohol and earthy. Flavors was very earthy with some decent hop bitterness, grapefruit, alcohol. Bitterness really lingers on the tongue. Actually reminded me of the Weyerbacher 11 with its earthy/english hops and alcohol but which got mixed reviews here on rate beer but that I was a fan of.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured an almost clear dark copper color with a thin off-white head. The aroma had some fruity malt and earthy hoppiness. Huge sweet piney malt flavor with the middle being very big. The finish was long with a huge bitterness.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral aroma, sugar sweet. Clear amber with clinging off-white head. But the flavor didn’t compare: layers of grape and effervescent fruitiness but a bitter note, partly metallic, ruins the finish. Smooth, tingling palate. (on tap at brewpub)
aracauna (3454) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich caramel malt with a candied hop quality. A bit of fresh berries. Really doesn’t show it’s strength as all. Tasty and easy drinking.