dogfish120love (830) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber in color. Sweet biscuit, caramel and cereal notes. On tap at brewery.
philvil (170) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the 2010 batch is a masterpiece. sweet and rich with perfectly balanced malty flavors.
Alphadelic (1733) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 So this is the 2009 version:
Crisp clear amber/brown with a ring of head.
Honey and golden syrup aromas are joine with esters of mint and hot cross buns.
Big, crisp cereal hit. It mellows out to a sweet (and a little slimy) honeycomb. Then to a lightly (hop) drying and robust oatmeal finish.
Session style carbonation complimentsd the complex but drinkable nature.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear amber with off white head. Aroma sweet malt and floral hops. Taste of roasted malt and light hops with bitter finsih.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber/red with a thin white head. Smells of toffee, caramel, roses, some nuts. Taste is rosey with some caramel and earthy hops. Finishes lightly peppery.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught pint at the brewpub on 4/29/06
Quite a dull reddish-orange, almost a dried apricot sort of color, high clarity and a beige head atop, medium size and well-retained.
The nose is very munich-like. Bready, lightly sour malts throwing out plenty of melanoidins, giving a dry melon-like note. Sourdough continues to unfold as it warms, with tangy, noble hops, mostly dry hallertauer , that keep things dry and spicy. Some wateriness invades the nose, keeping the aroma only at medium strength. Some touches of toasty crystal-like malts and a hint of sweetness, but overall, dry, bready and very German.
After the aroma, I’m no longer expecting an American amber ale, but almost more of a dark German lager, like a marzen, but with the heavy, biting yeast of a helles, and plenty of breadiness. Spicy hops are bittersweet and seem much less crisp and refreshing than they could be, while too much astringency builds up. Crystally-sweet texture at times, some toastiness contributes to this and the light sugariness as well, but there is a touch of wateriness to this one as well, with moderate carbonation. No alcohol noted in flavor or aroma.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber color, medium white head. Nose is sweet biscuit, medium malt and a light floral hop on top. Rich, toasty maltiness, some more biscuit flavors. Nice spiderweb lacing. Medium bitter finish. Good, but not great.
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very clear dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle caramel, grass, and a bit of grain. Flavor starts with some caramel sweetness, some chewy biscuit followed by a faint spicy hop presence. Finish is interestingly dry and leaves a nice bitterness behind. Quaffable warm weather beer, the malt heads will enjoy it.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at pub 4/29/06. Pours a clear amber color with a small fizzy white head. Nose is light nuts and some sweet munich malt. taste is more of the nuts, much like an octoberfest. Some sweet malt and a lightly bitter finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub. Light musty aroma with mild mint notes and watermelons?? Weird aroma??! Transparent dark copper/amber color with a small white head. Lots of roasted and pale malts in the stant and middle Hints of caramel. Bland and quite boring. If I were making a special beer to celebrate my brewpub’s anniversary, this WOULD NOT be it.