Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.
Ron (3391) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I just had to get one of these while at BOTW. Pours a pale straw color with creamy white head that fades, but sticks around. Aroma is grainy with Belgium yeast. Taste is more the same with a lingering bitterness. Palate is thin with a dry finish.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Not a fan of the style, but this was nice. More hops than are common in the style. Sort of a German American Ale or like an ale and a lager had a baby. A decent transitional beer for macro drinkers, but I think it’s more of an easy-drinker for the beer geek.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, clear, light yellow with beautiful carbonation and a small to average, slightly off-white head that mostly lasted and left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate light-colored bread and biscuit; moderate to heavy grassy hops; and lighter citrus, floral and perfume hops. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with a fairly long duration. There was pale malts, biscuits, white bread, flora, perfume and grassy hops along with some metallic hops, cookies, slight lemon and a hint of honey. The light to medium body was leaning to medium and had a fairly dry, but slightly sryrupy by the end texture with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle, won in beer tasting at ABC. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a breezy freshness. Surprised at how flavorful this beer is. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or with distracting side notes, this one is very drinkable. Nice hoppy flavor mid-taste. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Clean finish. I really look forward to each sip. Solid work. I had not been a big fan of victory til now, but I think more of them after this offering.
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale malts, light bread, noble hops - peppery and grassy. Light golden, nice clarity, soft head and lace. Pale grainsy malt notes, very soft sweetness, grassy noble hop notes. Clean easy to drink nice food beer. Clean eassy to drink soliud.
strap (691) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a light yellow pour, crisp, clean, refreshing. nice lemon flavor, good hops. possibly the perfect summer bear.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: citrus rich, sweet nose , clean , crisp and refreshing. What I am saying, fresh? It is very fresh in its nature!
Appearance: hazed golden look with large white frothy top. Dense lace. Great appearance. 4+
Body/Flavour/Palate: Soft, clean citrus feel with light malty bottom. This golden ale is ultra drinkable. It has slight dryness on top , soft rounded malts. Brew that you can enjoy entire day.
radagast83 (6657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was citrus, bubblegum yeast notes. Flavor was citrus, wheat, crisp hops, clean malt notes, touch of bubblegum. Enjoyable, fantastic, clean and enjoyable for the last summer weather.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This summer has been stupid hot here in Philly. My go to has been PBC’s Kenzinger but I recently had a few pints of this and it just might force a rotation between the two. Bright fruits, light, crisp hops, and light grain. Finish has a nice bitter bite but not harsh. I wish the abv was a bit lower so I could do a few more in a row. Super refreshing and quite tasty.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Crushed a few of these over the course of this infernal summer, and I have to say this is yet another killer session brew from Downington. Ostensibly a blond, sure, why not? But it’s really more like a quirky hybrid to my tastebuds, with tons of bright fruits, a nice hoppy vein, and a subtle malt base that combines into something like a very bright biere de garde or a mild, spicy/hoppy saison via APA. It is the Rawlsian overlapping consensus of summer session brews perhaps. Tasty as hell.