TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Glistening blonde. Pasty white head shows good retention. Lemony and peppery hops (Tettnang?) prominently line the aroma along with some faint huskiness and hints of circus peanuts and doughy yeast. Firm body. Stiff carbonation. Opens with a juicy and rounded punch of lemony hop acids which gradually merge with lightly husky malt and an onset of doughy yeast. Snippets of peppery hop bitterness persist, scratching the palate and offering some welcomed definition and perfumey vigor to the supple hop flavors. Doughy yeast takes foothold and never fully subsides, deadening a large portion of the hoppy brightness as it contributes unnecessary weight. Consequently, the body remains slick in texture and borderline nauseating because of the oppressive yeast and odd suggestion of circus peanuts. Dry and deeply hoppy finish showcases a medley of grass, herbs, and lemon atop a honey-kissed Pils malt foundation. Has the similar framework of Prima Pils, which typically ranges from very dirty to putridly unclean, but this is marginally cleaner. While the malt is a little husky and the yeast rather doughy, the hop character nicely juggles flavor with bitterness, with neither being overaggressive. Would love to see this bottle-conditioned and brewed with a Belgian yeast, because the potential is here.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very surprised by this one! light bodied with a nice hop flavor reminiscent of a pale ale. easy drinker, wish I would have discovered this one in the summer!
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a very small white head on it that didnít linger long. Nice aroma to this one. Floral, grassy, hint of lemon in the back ground. The taste is good. Slightly lighter body, just a faint whiff of bitterness and a slight dryness. Slight lemon flavor, with grassy a slight graininess. Very crisp and refreshing. An excellent summer choice!
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Summer Love. Pours a clear bud light color with a nice head. Citrus in the nose, along with a touch of something sweeter. Nice brew they got here. Not overly sweet. Hoppy, but dry. Low alcohol. Makes for a good summer drinker, even if we are now in October. I like it.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a golden color with a white head. The aroma contains lemons, hay, vanilla. The flavor is rather sweet with some citrus showing up. For a blonde ale this is rather refreshing. Good deal!
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy yellow pour with a big white head. Aroma is light malt, a little biscuit, some honey and a bit of hop character. May have been drinking this one a little old as the hops are not really present at all. As it stands a relatively pleasant if fairly unremarkable beer.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For some reason, I had been expecting a saison. This isnít. Pours a very clear gold color, nice white head. Aroma of hay and lemongrass. Flavor is bitter herbal, grassy, and ultimately floral hops, over a light malt backbone. The hops here absolutely shine without coming across as aggressive. Almost like an ale version of a German pils. This was actually quite fantastic.
Beaver (1649) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.
The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.
Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet honey and earthy biscuit. The flavor is very smooth and easygoing; some honey, light citrus, some rose petal. Nice. Brandywine River? Oh man, isnít that in the Shire?
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz flute. Pours brilliantly clear straw colour with a foamy, whispy white head that somehow leaves good concentric rings of lacing. Aroma suggests floral, herbal hops and subtle cereal grainy, light malt sweetness. Good bitterness right off the bat, and very dry in the finish, leaving me wanting another sip as soon as itís gone. The hoppy bouquet is pleasing to say the least. Bright, vibrant, absent of all sulfur compounds, or below my threshold at least. Not grassy, no misplaced dankness or musty earthiness. Just bright, clean bitter and floral hops. Finish leaves me wanting a little more malt, but thatís my only complaint. Fizzy carbonation, light bodied and has a long residence time for slightly astringent bitterness. Light, almost airy texture. One of the best summer slammers out there. Had to go for this with the recent resurgence of hot temps here in the hell hole some call the Mid-Atlantic states. RATE TO STYLE esse!