hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. Aroma-wise, peppery and floral hops mix and mingle quite well with pale grains and honey malt. Medium to full-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor offers peppery and floral hops balanced nicely by pale malts. Crisp, snappy hop finish.
markwise (4587) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Brass Tap Wesley Chapel. Pours a light yellow with a white head. Nose is light malt, corn, yeast, lager, yeast, and hints of cracker. Flavor is similar with a light body- some sweetness, light malt, and yeast. Very nice summer light-bodied beer, akin to Summerfest. Nice session-ish beer.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a clean light golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and pretty nice lace. The aroma is hop charged which honestly is a bit of a surprise, seems more APA/IPAish than a Blond Ale for sure, much like how Prima Pils blurs the line of hoppiness for the style. There is also some pale grains and minerally vapours under the slightly spicy, grassy and resiny hop tones. The taste is more of the same, the bittering hops lead with a nice light fruity twang and earthiness balanced by mostly clean pale base malts. Again, the taste is more akin to an APA than a Blond Ale or at least the majority of Blonde Ales you get in most areas. The mouth feel is refreshing and moderately carbonated but there is a bit of a doughy finish along with some metallic notes that kept it from a higher score. Overall this is very good brew but the hoppy notes makes me wonder how accessible this really is for the "casual beer drinkers". It is noted that I could see this fading very quickly and something you must drink now.
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and crisp with hints of citrus and spice. A bit of hoppiness that carries through in the finish. Light enough to have a few, but substantial enough to really enjoy. A nice summer session ale.
fsbw21086 (338) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best ’summer’ beers i’ve had in a long time. Was happy to find a summer beer that focuses on crispness and good sharp taste rather than a cloudy lemon wheat beer. This beer SMELLED better than many beers, very high quality ingredients and choice hops make for a delicious beer. Excellent beer start to finish.
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Stone. Cloudy yellow. Lots of floral notes, crackers, hops. Flavor is incredibly smooth and crisp. Perfect hop/malt balance.
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sweet Afton. Pours a clear gold with standard white head. Aroma is full of honey and orange. Flavor has delicate notes of flowers and honey with a nice balance of perfume. Moderately heavy carbonation. Outstanding taste: very clean. Lots of oomph here. I want more of this!
Nickls (1916) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pure white frothy white head, and lightly hazy light golden yellow. Citrus hops stick out in the aroma at first with some sherbert and some grassiness. Fresh citrus hops and a bit of fresh grassiness as well, touch of yeast. Lighter, soft body with nice carbonation. I’ve been sessioning this as much as possible this summer, and love it for the season and ease.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The was tasted in a single blind tasting side by side with Hoppy Brewing Liquid Sunshine Golden Ale. Vibrant, metallic, spicy, grassy hoppiness in the nose. Has a very nice aroma. Transparent golden body with a fizzy white head. Starts with some grassy, spicy, and metallic hop flavor. Some nice cereal malts come through in the middle. Finishes with more herbal, sharply grassy hop bitterness. Fairly bitter. This is super crisp and drinkable. Too bad I’m finding out about this beer so late in the summer. Bravo.
gringo332 (559) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear yellow gold with small frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is bready malt and wet dog. Thin moutfeel with a light wheat flavor and citrus. Crisp finish, a good blond from Victory.