Elwood (3161) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 07/25/12 Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a deep amber color with a small, but well sustained head of white foam. The nose has a deep fruitiness with a touch of spicy rye. Slight pine and a touch of plastic. The flavor has a touch of caramel, some earthy pine, and a slight twist of rye. None of the flavors are vibrant and it’s a little lifeless on the tongue. Not bad per se, but lacking personality. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a dull finish. Rather forgettable unfortunately.
Update: 01/27/13. 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans. The new label fooled me into thinking I hadn’t had it. Let’s give it another go. Appearance is the same. Nose is light white pine needle and spruce notes with a bread and cracker backdrop. The flavor strikes a nice balance with just enough malt balance and solid hop bitterness the whole way through. Solid pine and resin notes up front, nice herbal punch in the middle with just a hint of mint on the back end. Light toast and rye cracker from the malt side. Definitely better than the first time.
ReggieDunlap (3069) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber/caramel with a medium off white head. Aromas very caramely with mild earthy/rye spice. Flavor follows suit...caramely sweet and doughy but earthy bitterness too. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is earthy/rye and bitter/dry.
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a refrigerated 12 ounce bottle. Pours a darker copper with a beige head of foam. The aroma is heavily indicative of a spiced Christmas beer. Not much in the way of hop presence. This bottle is likely a shadow of what it once was in the hop department. Kinda wish I would have had it several months ago.
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
Palidor19 (2946) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
solid beer all the way worth a nice balance between the hops and malts. the bitterness packs a small punch with just enough room left over for noticeable malts.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a crystal clear mahogany color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is strong pine and herbal hops. Flavor is also strong pine and herbal with a little citrus and malt sweetness in the background. Finish is fairly bitter with a touch of astringency. Medium body. A nice beer.
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with a white soapy head. Minimal aroma of bread and yeast. Bread, yeast, hops at the backend for flavor. Good bitter ending. Very nice.
kaser (2689) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe the rye threw me off. This is an usual beer. Pours dark gold almost copper. Hardly any head at all. A faint grapefruit aroma and not much else. floral with the rye hint I'm trying to get in to. Mild hops and a little bitter. It's ok
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OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at West Park Tavern. Good aroma, sweet. Kind of peachy, orange,, piney. Clean brownish orange color. Small head that faded quick. No lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Good, better than I’d of guessed, but I might have a bias against widmer. Pleasant. Not overwhelmingly hoppy. But solid.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft somewhere in town. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Big citrus hop nose with lots of bready, spicy rye popping through. Nice bready rye spice body with a touch of caramel in the taste. Taste also has a nice resiny citrus notes as well with a clean finish.