KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color. Smell of wheat, hops, malt and brown sugar. Taste of malt, hops, burnt caramel, light pine, peanut shells and minor fruit. Very weak.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Immy. Pours dark copper in color with thin brown head. Aroma malty and sweet. Taste malty, nutty and sour which was a turn-off!!!! with dry finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Clear, dark amber with a slight off white head. Mildly sweet nose of caramel, and nuts, somewhat tannic. Earthy flavor, mildly nutty, light tea. Not bad, but not great, either. Light side of medium body with decent carbonation.
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 On tap at CAH Innsbrook’s Viriginia beer event. I am currently feeling very irritated with myself because they were also pouring the Cream Ale and I didn’t realize I hadn’t tried that one, so I skipped it. Grrrr. In any event, medium amber, slightly reddish, clear, good head. Light malt flavor, faint caramel, a faint roast note, and some faint floral hops on the finish. Aroma was very faintly floral. Light bodied. Just not much going on here. The roast note is what saves this. Glad mine wasn’t infected, hope they get their sanitation issues straightened out. RERATE 9/5/09 - much the same, but I noticed much more malt body this time out, with a distinctive bready note. Bumps up one point overall.
subcell (95) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2008
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I purchased a 6 pack from Farm Fresh and got home with much excitement. That quickly ended when I smelled this beer. Then I tasted it and it was very sour and off. I later found out from Grape and Gourmet about the contamination issues. I would really like to try this at the factory.
Drake (9460) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine North in Richmond. Hazy pour is the color of Boston baked beans. Fruity aroma with caramel, toffee and berry notes. Taste is hoppy with berry and sour cherry notes along with a malty finish. A little on the thin side. Some people below seem to be getting sour notes and some are not. I did. Do we have infection issues again?
Update: fewer infection issues in the second bottle from the same sixer. Rating updated accordingly.
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a fresh bottle bought direct from the brewery. Nice and strong but bitter. Though beer is supposed to be bitter. Reminds me a lot the hopheads of Victory. However this doesn’t have an unpleasant finish. Very drinkable and I’d say good for any occasion.
jgb9348 (4923) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice slightly hazy ruby tinted deep caramel body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of grapes, malt, yeast and a bit of candy sugar. Light-bodied; Strong grape flavour coupled with malt and a bit of raisin flavour. Aftertaste shows a very light bodied beer with most of the taste just on the malt. Overall, a light beer that should be drunk on a hot summer day on the water (due to the name & front of the beer). I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors on 03-May-2008, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 26-May-2008.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy copper amber body with a medium fizzy tan head. Slightly nutty caramel aroma with some grainy notes. Caramel and grainy flavor with some fruity hints and a dry earthy hop finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours clear ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is scotchy malt, vinous fruit, berry, red grapey notes. Tastes malty, a bit merloty, with a lot of berry, grape, and some figgy notes throughout. Decent.