Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel color with a pretty cream head. Smells mostly of hops and a little bit of something sweet. Taste is hoppy with very nice spicing. Kinda simple, but enjoyable.
Dogbrick (11339) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at Fat Head’s in Pittsburgh. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin and foamy lacing. The aroma is outstanding: Citrus hops, malt, caramel and fruit. Very smooth body, with a strong floral hops flavor, followed by malt and spice. The finish is slick and earthy hops and malt. This beer is definitely enjoyable on the cask, I’d like to try the bottled version too.
haddon90 (1615) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper color with hardly and head at all. Hoppy aroma. Citrusy, with some spicyness to it.I would think this would be an American Pale Ale, but anyway. Smooth. Hoppy flavor. Nothing complex about it. But it’s a pretty decent beer nonetheless. Bought this 12 oz bottle at Total Wine in Manassas, VA.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color, decent, off-white head: all is in order...
But the olfactory senses are most pleased by what pours out of this bottle...hops stand up, bright and tall, citric, spicy, warm, but refreshing, a beautiful hop bouquet, a pleasure to enter the nose.
Great, big, buzzing hops are the first order, but they fade fast, and mellow out.
Body is light, finish is fast, but each subsequent sip returns the hoppy, fruity sensation anew.
A great candidate for a session brew, easily consumed, but a reminder is always around the corner of how good a beer can taste. Well done, Troegs
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice looking maple syrup amber color with a golden luster, vibrant carbonation and a creamy head. There is a great hop aroma to this amber ale to go along with a faint malt sweetness. The feel is very smooth and creamy. There is a nice full carmel malt taste and a very nicely balanced hop flavor. Thanks to DocLock for this one.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange, clear with a very light off-white head that is completely gone after 30 seconds. Aroma is quite tempting for an amber ale. It's very sweet (malty honey, caramel, maple and the likes), but sure doesn't lack the hop counterpart (spruce, perfume). It tastes fresh, with a good cookie maltiness, slight notes of tobacco/smoke and a balancing spicy hops finish. Still quite sweet overall, but it works with me here. Mouthfeel is great, silky and creamy. Great april beer: Sugar Times as we say in Quebec. Very nice session ale, immensely quaffable, bad style executed well imo.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker orange-amber color, starts malty light caramel then switches to a citrus hop taste. Flavors tend to travel to the back of the mouth.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle no date Pours a clear amber with a thick white head. Malty caramel in the nose with fruity floral hops which even it out nicely. Mouthfeel is softlty carbonated and medium bodied. Flavor is slightly sweet and slightly grassy from hops. Overall a good brew. Thanks Bert.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The name says it all. Hoppy throughout finishing nicely with a kick of bitter hops. Also has a subtle citrus sweetness. A good brew. I have had a couple beers from troegs and all have been great.
DocLock (9904) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just got back from a tasting event at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA. I got to sample a freshly bottled one direct from the brewery in Harrisburg. This one pours deep amber in color, with an amazing hop aroma, with malt, grapefruit, and toffee overtones. Great head and lacing. The first taste is super hoppy, with a nice, slightly sweet malt flavor underneath. Finished very smooth, hoppy, malty, and crisp. To me, this was not an amber ale, but rather a great pale/IPA made with amber malts. I was so impressed that I took a case home with me. This one reminded me very much of Victory Hopdevil. I will do them side by side and report ASAP.