DrnkMcDermott (2882) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Love that retro label. As an old-line ale, fares better than at least anything the macros call "ale." Has a real ale taste, as opposed to the "cream ales" popular in this part of the country. Straw color under lacy head. Subtle spicy/citrus hops aroma and taste, plus a warming maltiness. The alcohol does not make itself felt. Not brewpub-great, but an interesting ale to find.
djd07 (5416) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Taproom on 19th. Pours a clear gold with large frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is grass and wheat. Thin mouth with metallic flavor, wheat, skunky, decent.
Art (2153) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drank from a can. Crisp bitter taste. Slightly metallic, slightly malty. Medium high carbonation and lighter mouthfeel. Pretty bland stuff.
Darkmagus82 (1958) - - SEP 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-19-13-
Poured from green bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden color with a two finger billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – As may be expected from a green bottle, the brew has a bit of a skunky aroma. Along with the skunk are some aromas of a grainy nature as well as some smells of corn.
Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and corny taste. While corny, the taste is not too sweet, but on the moderate side. The grain smooth’s out taking on a more bready flavor as the taste advances. Along with the transition of the grain to bread, there is also an increase in the hop, which too this point were very minimal. A bit of a grassy and herbal nature as well as a little bit of a hay like flavor are all present at the end leaving a lightly hopped, moderately sweet and smooth bready flavor, with only a hint of skunk flavor, to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side for the abv and the style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both were decent for the brew, but nothing too exceptional.
Overall – Not the best brew out there, but if it wasn’t in a green glass bottle it likely would have been slightly better due to lack of any “skunk”. It was sort of a Heineken/Yuengling hybrid. Easy drinking but nothing too great.
skmikeg (1237) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour a pale yellow with a thin white head with just a little lacing. Aroma is of bready malts, light cereal malts, sweet malts, grassy hops, herbal hops, and a little pine. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium-light body with a watery mouthfeel and a sightly dry, medium-short finish. Overall, a rather poor golden ale that I find to be too light and not as good as Yuengling’s lager.
BierStube72 (2) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Crisp, clean and refreshing. An excellent beer during all seasons.
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EyeAmBaldman (368) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is a little yeasty with a touch of malt. This is a light beer yet bitter on the backend. Has a little hoppy bitterness and a tad bit of that green bottle skunkiness. To me, tastes like an old ale. Pretty good stuff.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUN 30, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.
Clear golden color with a medium white head.
Soft grassy nose, with faint malt and some grains. Some papery notes.
Plain light malt flavors, a bit metallic, lo-med bitterness, faint fruitiness, somewhat harsh.
Light body, not very pleasant but somehow drinkable.
popkow (299) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Straw golden color with a sharp dry flavor and a little bitter ending. Aroma of hay and a taste of slight skunk.
McGarnigle (577) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 Not a bad beer, definitely a step up from mass lagers (then again, it costs a bit more). Better than Yuengling’s lager. Good looker, but slightly over-fizzed, and has a whiff of skunk (green bottles). Not a hop bomb, but they’re present. Dry.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours a light straw gold with a fat head of foam that fell slowly enough and left spots fo lace. Nose is faint. Hardly any nose at all until it warms a bit and then you have faint grain, a touch of sweetness and a bit of grass. A faint lemon shows up late. Body is thin and watery but is’ well carbonated and has a nice bite. The flavors are a bit husky and while they do not really excite they do fill up the palate. There is a touch of buttery diacetyl on the palate that keeps this from finishing crisp and dry and rather leaves a bit of slickness that lingers a bit before it dries out eventually. Also a hint of cooked vegetable, green beans int he aftertaste. The lemon has a bit of tartness and a spritzy like character on the palate.
It has a bit of pepper in the very last moments of the aftertaste and I like the lager much better. Also some sour in the aftertaste.