ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a deep yellow, rich hay colored body, with a fair amount of white head, moderate retention, low lacing. Aroma smells of corn blossoms, vanilla, toasted, buttery grains, some honey and light peaches. A hint of light citrus as well. Flavor is quite sweet initially, vienna or pils malt, lots of honey and creaminess, with a moderate amount of low-bitterness hops that add a light citrus zest. Body is medium-full with a very fluffy feel to it, lots of carbonation. As it dies down and warms, light yeast notes can be found as well as some distinct corn-breadiness. Alcohol is very well-masked, I drank this quite easily and quickly. If the Founding Fathers were drinking this stuff, then I have some faith in early American brewing.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a huge rocky light tan head. Flavor is fruity, citrus and peach, with a balanced bitter slightly tart finish. Throat warming on the end. Aroma is fruity, mostly citrus and some maltiness but none of that stood out much.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 Pleasantly surprised ... as good as I have had from Yards. Wonderful darkamber color ... with a bigger head would have had 5 on appearance. Is this really Thomas Jefferson’s recipe? I think I recognize a classic hop, maybe Saatz.in the mix, but the strongly citric and piney taste makes me wonder if there might be a Pacific North West hop sneaking in there as well. Great mouthfeel. Finish is bitter, with a touch too much alcohol for me. Musty scent ... calling it wet newspapers is a great image ... I wish I had thought of that first! // And again in November. No wet newspapers this time, and the same great appearance. Alcohol better hidden, hop mix seems less citric and more floral. Might tweak the numbers a little, but same overall score. // And again at Beer Week Brewers Plate 2009. Fantastic combination of British malts and British hops. Alcohol well hidden. My favorite beer of the afternoon. // Starting a new case in October 2009. Might drop it to a 4.0 but still delightful.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fun ale. Very sweet aroma leads to the sam e in flavor with citrus throughout. Nicely hopped as well.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Glen Gardner Inn. Hazy golden, thin white head. Fruity, hoppy, candi aroma. Malty big flavor with good hop flavor and bitterness. Good character and flavor coming together.
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad ale. Pours a very nice amberish color. Has a evenly balanced hops and malt taste to it. Kinda of on the expensive side though.
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber gold look. Pretty potent. Slight citrus notes (grapefruit?). Drink slowly to savor the malt.
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and ambery orange with minimal head. Starts with a sweet cherry juice taste, and finishes with a grapefruit-like aftertaste. Solid.
thehinge (287) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a good healthy head.
Taste has just a hint of citrus with a nice finish. Crisp mouthfeel. Very good in all.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange color with a big head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is sweet and slightly funky almost as if they used a belgian yeast but they do not. Some honey sweetness balances out the wierd malt flavors. Moderate bitterness in the end along with a prickly bite which may come from the alcohol. A very interesting and unique beer.