orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Took me awhile to write this one up but here it goes...Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours pale orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of....very little? Some earthy hops, chewy caramel and some light booze creeps in as it sits in the glass. Not sure what is going on here, there is definitely a little something "off" with this one.
T - As with the nose, the taste is fairly dull. Starts off with some light earthy hop bite quickly giving way to hints of biscuity malt, toffee and caramel. Finish is a little dry, not lingering on the palate for very long after consumption.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, lightly hoppy feel.
O - I tried to like this one but I just can’t. The flavors are decent but that one "off" flavor/aroma really messes with me when I try and drink this one. I must say I expected a little more from this one.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Yay! I’m the first rating on this. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops and butterscotch. The taste is herbal hops, a salty note, caramel and butterscotch. Seems like there’s some diacetyl here. Medium bodied, high carbonation.