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This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Fairly standard clean straw color with an off white head and thin lacing. Nothing exceptional about the aroma or flavor but both were mildly pleasing with a fairly solid hop component. Some noted a sweet character but I didn’t pick that up. Overall an OK beer but not one worth going out of your way to find.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Sweet aroma. Golden color. Mainly sweet with a bit of hops to back it up and lively carbonation. I most certainly enjoyed this beer. TJ knew how to make a good beer.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 4, 2004
This was extremely disappointing. I was expected a solid ale, with nice refreshing ale flavor and smooth transitioning. Instead I received a lackluster, unacceptably inconsistent disaster. This was just wholely unimpressive ... it really could have been much better. I always have a gripe when a beer’s price is unjustifiable ... should be a buck a bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2004
Pretty nice and tasty. Malty, but not overwhelming. Kind of an amber color. A good beer that I had on draft at the old City Tavern in Old City Philly.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
It’s OK, malty toffee like aroma, pours an amber color with pretty good decent head. Citrusy spicy taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Pours a dark orange with a foamy off-white head. Very sweet toffee/buttery aroma with a sour citrus hop smell behind it. Taste is very smooth with a good dose of malt up front followed up by a citrus hop finish with a moderate bitterness. Well balance and creamy palate ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1423) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle opened with an ominous whoosh and when poured in my Chimay glass produced a massive off white head. Color is a medium chessnut. Aroma is rather sour with some hop grapefruitiness. Flavor is also sour and bitter with a decent hop bite. The ale seemed to be a bit of a conundrum, and I enjoyed it. I might like to think of it more along the lines of a hoppy Belgian Strong.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Very large frothy head. Light carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Oranges/citrus with a good helping of hops. Color is a nice orange/amber. Flavor is very citrusy. Grapefruit and oranges with a good amount of hops. Finish has a hint of alcohol and is a little bitter. Grapefruit aftertaste. A decnt brew. Not sure whether I would classify it as an american strong ale though. Not enough malt and body. Regardless, quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Amber color, with a small white head. Malty aroma, also with fruit and yeast. Taste starts sweet, but ends a little bitter. Alcohol is too up front ans subtracts from the overall taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1048) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A malty brew with a candy sugar quality and some darker fruits. A decent head topping a mid-amber brew. Upfront maltiness gives way to a slightly sour finish making it mildly refreshing. A pretty good beer and somewhat distinct in today’s glut of offerings.


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