RABinVA (990) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a not-at-all pale deep amber with no head. Slight spicy aroma. Taste is a slightly unbalanced blend of bitterness and spicy rye. There’s a sweet apple flavor that seems to develop out of nowhere and sit on the tongue.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: deep coppery amber, with two fingers of frothy light beige head and persistent lacing. Aroma: malty and slightly sweet aroma, with some honey, marmalade, and floral hop notes. Taste: sweetish, with graham cracker and slightly warming notes of toasted rye bread, with floral, slightly piney hops bring some balance. Finish: slightly dry, with a bit of lingering spice from the rye. Notes: I love rye beers, and this one made excellent use. From previous ratings on this beer, I’m guessing they’ve improved their recipe or I got lucky. Bottled in June 2012, Batch 2, Bottle 1284.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Summer 2013 batch. Fairly reserved pale ale with a sweet nose and very mild rye notes in the flavor. Not overly hoppy. Pleasant in texture and body. Significantly improved over previous batches.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1pt 12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber, with a beige head. Aroma has faint citrus hops, caramel, corn, with an unpleasant paint thinner/chemical scent, that is pretty off-putting. The taste is slightly better with some dusty malt notes up front, alcohol (4.2% huh?) caramel, floral notes, (and to a lesser extent than the nose, chemical) followed by a pine/metallic hop blast that follows through to the finish. Some nice grain notes, but that’s it. The hops are less than elegant, and the chemical thing is just distracting. It’s hard not to think something went wrong with this batch.
Sweetone (32) - USA - OCT 7, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle- pours very cloudy orange brown w/ medium tan head. Smells extremely earthy, lots of rye, light citrus. Tastes of rye spice, hop bitterness, garden soil. Oddly refreshing for a beer . Medium body. Finish is more earth, dirt, light bitterness.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wood, cherry, tea, and lillies on the nose, subtle. Cloudy dark copper, thick yellow head. Wood and cherry flavor. Finishes with grapefruit peel and soil. Solid bitterness, complex. Not terribly quaffable, but very tasty.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a hazy copper color with a very large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, floral notes and spicy rye. The taste is stone fruits, rye, caramel malts and a bit of toastiness. Medium bodied, well balanced, smooth. Very nice beer.
puboflyons (1677) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle labeled June 2012, Batch Three, No. 1296. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber with golden-yellow hues around the edges of the glass. The aroma is barley malts, subdued rye, grains and some apple. The body is about medium. The taste comes in two parts. At first it is malty and slightly sweet with a the slightest citrus zing but then suddenly it becomes very bitter with hops that linger for a long finish.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Murky amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Spicy, hoppy nose and flavor is tart, spicy, hoppy with a dry finish. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Caleb’s Country Store Barrington, NH. Bottled May 2012 batch One.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
bomber shared by jsprime. amber with a tan head. melting plastic aroma. sweet sticky malt, slightly spicey, big plastic phenols, horribly messy. gross.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Label shows bottled June 2012 and Batch Two. Copper pour with a short, fizzy white head. Aroma is spicy rye notes, caramel, soft fruit notes and toffee. Taste is spicy hops, rye notes, soft fruit, toffee, grains and dark bread. Light citrus as well. Body is light with a soft, creamy carbonation. Feels almost cask-like at times. Finishes with more toffee, dark bread, grains, spicy hops, rye, light earthiness and fruit notes.