muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, from The Foodery in Philadelphia. Dark maple, lasting small flat head. Yeast particles swirl; elegant I say. Interesting caramel/alcohol/grape aroma with hints of yeast and pungent flowers. Flavor quite sweet (brown sugar-molasses-maple) but with significant hop background, and strongly yeasty and spicy (cardamom, ginger, tarragon). Bitter, dry finish, substantial body...this is very good, easily the best I’ve had from Yards and makes me really look forward to "Thomas Jefferson."
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly cloudy, deep amber ale with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Decent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, caramel and very light molasses.
The flavor matches the aroma, but holds some vineous undertones as well.
Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, lightly bitter finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange, khaki off white head. A few swirls in the glass release notes of malt, yeast, rye bread, and light citrus notes. Somewhat balanced in flavor with hops balancing the sweet malt. Medium bodied, dry finish. An interesting beer without a doubt. Worth a try if you can find it.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a light amber with a thin white head. Aroma was fruity and yeasty. Very malty and lot of yeast on the tongue. Mild bitter hop finish. This beer is like Yuengling Lager high test. Lager with more flavor, body, and alcohol. A very enjoyable beer.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the Desmond event in Malvern. Nice pale ale, with strong malt and yeast presence. Very hoppy. Smooth at the finish, with hints of spice, citrus, florals, and bread. Very nice style.
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber body with a voluminous chunky head. Aroma is very bright and floral. Flavor is very smooth, some yeasty notes and some fruityness as well. The alcohol fumes permeate my sinuses. This is very good!
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My bottle said the Tavern Ale was Jefferson's--not Washington's. Still good, though, especially since we're related to ole TJ. If this is what the Founding Fathers were drinking during the Revolution, it's no surprise that we kicked British butt. Malty fer sure, fruity in the nose, it's a real ale with lots of body and character. Definitely not a session beer, though, unless you're planning a revolution. Let's hear it for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hoppiness.
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a firkin, this selection offered up a deep amber appearance. Subdued, fruity, sweet malt aroma. Malt dominates the taste with the hops adding to a slightly bitter mouthfeel. Smooth flavor overall aided by a spicy, yeasty quality in the finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sits in the glass a chilled hazed peach skin color, thin off-white head faded quickly, some spots and smaller patches of lace stick. Smells of dulled sweet malts giving off a kind of fruitiness of nectarine, red apple, and raisin and very slight caramel. Taste has a very dullish malt profile, slightly chewy, smooth and malted up like crazy, where's the hops? Seems more like all malts to me, but I guess the hops could be adding to some of the dryer dulled citrus tones that are coming through late along with a tiny woodish note in the finish. There's a very tiny spice and floral tone coming through as it warms nearer the finish. Feel is close to medium and quite smooth with a milder tone of malts and just a nudge of carbonation and husk-like texture midway to finish. This was a bit more malts then I like my pales, like em much more hopped up and/or at least balanced evenly between the two, but this was nice enough, reminded me of a Maibock.
rafalski (6) - annandale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
fruity aroma with a hint of maple and a bit of bitterness on the finish. creamy and very much so mouthfull. long lasting finish with soft aftertones. yeasty at first, but hops and malt off-set it quite nicely. one of the nicest ales i have ever had.