AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brilliant copper/amber color with a lasting, off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops, malt sugar, and toffee. Flavor is well-integrated hops into a slightly sweet, malt sugar, and caramel malt base. This is one of my favorite ambers I have ever had. I could really session this beer.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whew, what a scent! First thing that hits you, very aromatic. The process (hop back vessel) gives exactly what they wanted. Good initail head that fades slowly to a lace on the glass. Flavor is like it smells, but not as strong. Very flavorful, but not something I could drink more than one at a time. Not exactly my thing but I can imagine a good following for this flavor.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. From Sampler. This one pours a large off-white head with excellent lacing and a nice clear amber color. Nose of caramel malt and baking cookies with light earthy hops (english hop?). Toffee and honey flavor make this one not much different than the Troeg’s Pale Ale. Some darker malts in this one, but an ok beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. I finally got back to my beer after a few days of gastritis (caused, no doubt, by the pitcher of swill from my previous rating). And found this beer, from my trade with DocLock, to be a nice mellow transition back to real beers.
Pours a big country cream head over a pretty amber body; the head turns rocky as it starts to fade. The hops are clearly of an American IPA mode, piney more than citrusey. The bitterness is pleasing more than bitter for its own sake, and matches up well with a smooth caramel malt. Kudos.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Andy’s. Poured clear gold with a fluffy head from the hand pump. How is this not an IPA? Nice floral aroma with caramel and malt. Taste has an initial hop bite which is almost completely smothered in malty goodness. Not terribly sweet but a really well made beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is a light red stained oak. The head is big and lovely.
Solid caramel notes in the aroma behind a slightly floral and spicy hop mix.
This is delicious. Rich caramel covered fruits along with a spicy fresh floral hop profile. The hops are dazzling.
Moderate carbonation but an explosive head. Fantastic drinkability. I’d like some more.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is all hops with grapefruit and pine. Pours a transparent amber with a small head that is quickly gone. Not much lacing. Flavor is an excellent balance between malt and hops. Extremely quick initial light sweetness quickly overtaken by moderate hops. Not much aftertaste. Great balance. Great beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 Clear amber with white head.Light fruity hop nose.Not a strong hop flavor.I get a little caramel note over the fruit that I thought I would get.Rather thin with little finish.But it tastes good.I drank the last of this after letting it sit.What a difference.The hops came out much more and I found this to be enjoyable.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark orange with an inch thick white head. Nose is hoppy, but not as citrusy as I expected coming through the "hopback" system! Perfumy and soft, somewhat grassy, although some pine and orange rind start to come through once it warms. Body is rich and citric flavors bounce off the sides of my mouth...this tastes like grapefruit juice at first...where was the warning in the nose? Malts are soft, pale, sweet, light. Even the hops at the finish are bitter on the back sides of the tongue but never taking dominance like I expect. This is a fun beer. Tangy and fruity aftertaste like juicy fruit gum!
dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty good. has a kick though. very hoppy. probablyt will buy again, but would rathe get another example from this brewery first.