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 (1163) - 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 (2114) - 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 (292) - 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 (5074) - 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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep vaguely cloudy red-mahogany. Starts with a big puffy head that fades to a solid but thin creamy film. Nose vaguely peachy, some odd fruitiness, somewhat bready and sweet. Flavor is quite sweet and certainly strong. Muted grapefruit if anything distinctive, but while the fruitness is definitely there it’s all sort of muddled together into a vaguely punchy melange of fruity sweetness. As it warms slightly it takes on an unpleasant metallic and fusel alcohol taste, does not finish well at all. Agree with other raters that this is an odd one.
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid $1.85 for a 12-oz single. Bottle says "ingredients specified," their website says, "using the authentic recipes brewed by our founding fathers." So what is it, recipes, or ingredients? I can throw some ingredients together that TJ wrote down too and come up with beer, but if I followed a recipe, it’s a different story. Anyway... Pretty peachish-amber color with a small off-white head... and lotsa carbonation. Scent is odd, not sure exactly how to describe it. Kinda sweet scent, but in an odd way.... maybe a bit like wet newspapers (hey, maybe ink was in the ingredients list that Jefferson left!). Flavor is overly sweet up front.... quite a bit hoppy, but overtaken by a fruity sweetness (along with that wet newspaper scent every time I take a sip). Wonder if Jefferson’s own brew was as odd as this.