lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow-white, clear whitish head. Pear, floral aroma. Taste is spicy, more fruit, pear.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, fairly fresh. Opening clean, with a loud hiss, the bottle brings forth a downright cloudy, light golden-straw liquid with an absolutely massive, billowing head of off-white froth. Tall and rocky, that foam takes ages to settle, and never fully goes away. Twenty minutes go by before it’s down to a centimeter level. Of course, tall, raging flares and jagged splotches mark the glass, resembling the waves from Hokusai’s masterpiece Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura. It’s an absolutely beautiful beer, but the first whiff brings worry, as there are initial notes of plastic or bandaid, suggesting infection. Though it did not gush those telltale signs of something gone afoul are unmistakable. I walk away for a while to see if it will blow off, and indeed it does. Having gained some clarity, the nose now reveals its true character, which is a harmonious blend of clean pilsner malt, golden wheat, cream, and peppery, lemony hops. Wildflowers bring spicy zest and vigor, as fresh spring water and mountain air lend an earthy, mineral-rich contingent. Nickel offers a sharp metallic element that slices through the softly sweet, doughy yeast. As more time goes on, the more I am glad I let this one sit. Flavors ring true, showing just a tiny bit of caramelized pils malt sweetness, with notes of raw bread dough and some lemon meringue. From the mid point on, biting, zesty, peppery hops take over. Bitter, bone dry grasses are accompanied by oily citrus rind and some lemon pith. Distinctly Belgian yeast is both doughy and earthy, hinting at a wide range of elements, from flour crackers to stone and metal. The palate, much like the flavor, quickly transitions from a very lightly sugared forefront to an absolutely bone dry, desert-like finish. Scratchy carbonation bounces from roof to tongue and back again, sizzling like a drop of water on a hot pan. This will be one polarizing brew. I can see two distinct sets of beer fanatics both loving and hating it. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. I love the fully attenuated dryness and the play between the lemony hops and the clean pils malts. I don’t like, however, how temperamental the beer is overall, and I do ultimately feel that there is an infection setting in that will ultimately ruin the beer. As it stands, in the state at which I consumed it, I liked it a good deal. My recommendation, however, is to drink this puppy as soon as you can if you have a bottle, and to allot a good amount of time for it even though the gravity is fairly low.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright cloudy lemon rind yellow with one of the most stable head formations I’ve ever seen. Billowing white head. Nose is interesting, almost tart, lemongrass and a light bready sweetness. Spicy zesty flavor with notes of citrus rind, white pepper, and bread dough. Crisp palate with a a light body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from Northwest Liquid Gold. Label is *just* short of being really cool, but kudos for the effort. Very pale pour, with a big rocky cone of a head. Nose is soft and fairly understated, with ripe yeast, rind, and a hint of herbal bitterness. Full carbonation makes the body almost a bit too lively, but it was nice. Flavors were still just a bit muted, making this a not quite imperialized lager that’s very heavy on the lemon zest. Works for me.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Hazy straw, huge fluffy white head, sticky lacing.   Bright grassiness, slightly peppery, zesty straw and hay.   Warming straw and hay on the tongue, minor citrus, peppery, even a touch floral.   Reminds
me of a strong Pils mated with a Saison.   Somewhat dry, finishes a little spicy and peppery.   Alcohol is noticeable, and seems higher than 6.7%.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Bright finish.   Not as mealy or
straight up grassy as others, seems to have this peppery/citrusy/floral spicy sort of flair.   Fairly decent.
decaturstevo (5741) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Dry wheaty aroma and lemon. Wheat, dry lemon, and a medium bitter. Thin fizzy and watery. Decent drinker.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer Bloggers Conference 2010 – Boulder, CO - The Night of Beers…
Golden yellow in color, clear with a thin head. Easy drinking lager. Smooth flavors nice malt and a good balance with the hops.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Straw pout with a large sized white head. Aromas of grass, floral, lemon rinds, and some yeast. Tastes of grass, husky, toasty, some bread, and yeast.
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle post Thanksgiving dinner. Pours dirty blonde with fluffy bone white head. Nose and taste of lemon, grassy hop, spicy malt, celery salt, peppercorn and toasted grain. Medium body.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… South Florida Throwdown 2010… Hazy straw-colored lager with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is very, very hoppy – a seeming potpourri of varietals. Sorachi Ace isn’t one of them, but I’m picking up lemon peel, green apple and white pepper. Light-bodied with prickly carbonation. Nicely bittered and refreshing. Low sweetness. Finishes bitter, coarse and dry. Different. Thanks go out to DA for the bottle!