Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
Sample number two was a beer that caught my eye at the festival. Due to time constraints (and the knowledge it was here) I never got around to getting a pour. I wish I would have snagged one as I was leaving. Light and refreshing it has a good balance of flavor that does not cling to the palate but doesnít bore you either. This is one of those fallback safe beers that every brewpub should offer.
Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent coppery fluid swirls around the rim with a little ring of head. Mellow caramel chews and rosy hints brighten up the afternoon. Low key and easy on the senses it still has some backbone.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy hops begin the party with a bang. Itís not like an IPA but the noble hops liven up the tongue and throat. Butterscotch, caramel, and toffee make it well rounded. The finish leaves an impression that is good enough to remember. However it doesnít fatigue the palate such that the remainder of the samples were not enjoyable either.
madvike (3089) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub - Pours deep amber with a nice off-white creamy head. Doughy and bready malt on the nose, with light spicy hops, light fruitiness, and a touch of lemon. Taste is light malt with faint sweetness and perfumy, floral hops on the finish. Pretty harsh carbonation when cold that never really stops attacking the mouth. Distracts a lot from the experience. This is decent, but I would have liked more malt presence, especially the caramel/toffee/biscuit notes from the description.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Vintage. This is a very solid beer. Lots of grassy citrus hops. Bready and malty. Overall, great!
cbfobes (2678) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage. Liitle head with very nice lacing. Clear, dark golden coloring. Smells like a dill pickle and pepper. Reminds me of a bloody mary in beer form. Tastes just like it smells. Very interesting!!
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. Pour is amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows toffee covered biscuits as well as some nice floral hops. Flavor shows the same with an underlying grassy/herbal quality thatís not overbearing, but definately present. Overall body is light to moderate, crisp, and finishes with light bitterness.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample size at the brewpub. This is another that just isnít my style. good enough, but I will always take something else.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Clear gold with thin head. Light sweet malt aroma, my nose is stuffy though. Moderate malt flavor with good hop flavor, resin . Medium body, moderate bitterness. Iím not a ESB fan, so discount my rating. This is drinkable though.