AgentAle (1315) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is caramel, light sulphur, and straw. Taste is lightly roasted malts that transition into moderate bitterness with pine needle and tanin on tip. Fairly subtle and smooth. Appearance is a clear gold with a lacey head that retains quite well.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Medium gold, average white head. Cereal and light tea, light popcorn. Just odd.
BeerAndPonies (140) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 355 ml can from a sampler twelve-pack, served in my NHL Coyotes pint glass. Pours a nice medium amber with light haziness, and a bone-white cap that settles in interesting, asymmetric fashion, like a root beer and ice cream float/soda. I noticed light carbonation through the haze. Aroma is strongly dusty floral/earthy herbal, citrusy, along with some noticeable pine. Flavor is floral and earthy, piney hoppiness, citrus in behind, with clean, pleasant ale bitterness. Nicely bodied, and the citrus lingers pleasantly. An interesting take on a session pale ale...easy-quaffing and refreshing, and the hops aren’t overly challenging for the uninitiated. Still, I feel that Tree’s Hophead provides a brighter, tastier ale for sessioning.
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tree brewing has a lot of great beers; this is not one of them. Pour had almost no head, left no lacing. Very flat and watery mouthfeel, primary flavour was syrupy malts. Not the best.
lotsalaughs (132) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
caramel, grass, spruce, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish
Amber pour with fast falling white foam. Be quick to catch aromas because they disappear fast. Caramel and grass at first, then hint of citrus after a minute. Taste is more sweet than bitter. Average carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Finish is slick with an astringent, slightly metallic after taste that lingers. Not great.
cfrancis (2865) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light copper with a small white top. Aroma is spice and earthy hop, rather unpleasant. Taste is better with earthy, caramel malts with light hop bitterness.
exeter (488) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a 2 finger head and a bronze colour. Taste is sweet and fruity (citrus), with biscuity undertones. Has some spiciness and a mild hoppiness.
Rae723 (13) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is hoppy but light. Appearance Is a medium dark amber. Taste is good, has a nice light bitterness. Palate is medium for carbonation. Overall it is decent, would drink again.
markas101 (2175) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl can, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Light amber, slight haze. Sweet caramel with malt and spice aroma. Sweet, more caramel, then a balanced bitter finish.
Oakes (14101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
So rebranding the banal caramelly 1990s amber ale as "session" because that word is trending? It’s either misinformed - there’s nothing sessionable about a cloying sweet 5% beer - or cynical. Insipid crap like this doesn’t offer one single reason to session it. No balance, no character you might want in a beer, and it’s leeching a really positive trend to sell terrible beer. One of the worst things I’ve seen out of BC in a long time.