detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served chilled in a tall straight sided glass. Pours a bright and clear deep gold, topped by about an inch of frothy white suds. Great head retention and good webby lacing. Floral yet spicy hop aroma. Enticing.
A smooth, soft, and lightly sweetish malt flavor is wonderfully balanced by the same hoppiness that I found in the aroma - a little more spicy than floral this time. Drier in the finish. Sublime.
Medium body, fresh, crisp, clean, and lightly carbonated. A joy to drink. And drink... And drink...
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not very good this time. Strange aroma of sweet honey that doesn’t fit the style. Gold with no head. Fairly bitter chalk and bitter malt; with an odd bite from carbonation and alcohol.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a medium head. Interesting aroma of light German hops. Very calm taste of malts and Saaz or Hallertauer hops. Clean, slightly bitter and floral... simple and tasty!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A few on-tap at the brewpub and fully growler worthy as this comes from the growler somewhat after:
Crystal clear gold body that’s close to medium tone but sends off a lighter reminiscence in most brighter light. Faint carbonation bubbles slowly percolate. White cap of smooth foam stays intact for quite some time. Hell, longer than the snow of recent that affected a days worth of traffic. Speaking of which, the lacing creates a nice set of ringing snowy-like drifts across the glass.
The wiffer on this is short, sweet, and tender with a bready sweetness of grains and malt. Only a small flurry of floral hopping makes a note as it warms. But the groundwork of malt here is stable and intent on so.
Taste is slippery and wet. Quite crisp, brisk, and clean with not much but the regular tendencies of most lager beers being presented in the forefront. Ahhh, but wait...just past the midway point this decides to step it up a notch and carry terrificly clean grainy flavors and Bavarian pretzeled breadish sweetness and fluffy, light texture. Firm and holding throughout the finish keeping a mild dance of slightly herbal grains and hops across the floor of the palate and mirrored along the walls with sensing longevity and slightly sweetened breadyness. All worth the while to drink it just to get that finish to fold into place as the front lulls you into a creeping sense of whats to come with its incredible cleanness and wayword pause. Then as if to say "Hello, how are you..." the flavors begin to steadily take their place along the cavity of the palates’ structure and leaves the mind and tasting buds craving for it to happen all over again. Quite nice.
Extra clean and firm feel of medium bodyishness that just flows with the go of this brew.
Totally guzzable! Outstanding drinkabilty. No surprise really from Hoops at Town Hall. At first I wanted to try to come up with a bunch of basketball analogies for this review, but once I got a few pints in me I found this to be much more worthy than that. Hope you like...I did.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, golden/amber-y hued, shortish, soon gone head.
Little aromatics, simple and inoffensive, typically lagerish, but not bad.
Taste: nice, slightly sweetish, classically malty, then drying nicely out. No hops speaking up, and no flavors too forward. Light bodied, quick finish, feels like a classic Dortmunder. A well-done, easy to drink lager. No one can complain about this one. (well, except when it takes up time in the fermenter that would have gone to making a new batch of Masala Mama IPA...and we hophead’s go weeping in it’s abscence for a week!)
Created to go along with the NCAA Championship Games going on at the nearby Metrodome, hence the name...which I loathe, ...but, who cares about that when there’s rubber balls bouncing.