Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a quick dissipating less than a finger’s worth of foamy head. It did leave some nice adequate foamy lacing.
The smell was exactly the true aspects of an English Bitter - that English earthy and soapiness invading my nose in a malty sort of way.
The taste was malty but not necessarily sweet. There was a quick malty aftertaste and just a dry finish.
On the palate, it sat fairly light and sessionable. The carbonation was there and decent for the style.
Overall, well, this is an English Bitter by style and it fits the bill. Not bad to me, but still nothing over the top. It would probably be fitting as a great beer with fish n’ chips. Patrickctenchi (6588) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Slightly hazed amber with a large, pillowy, off-white head.
Caramel, bread aroma.
Grain, cardboard....watery taste.
Incredibly watery...metallic bitter.
Not good. StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
Pale amber colour, tiny white head, thin mouth feel with mild fruity hops flavours. It’s OK but by no means great. VinegarStroke (426) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle: Clear, gold to copper, we ah head. Very neutral malt and hops. Reminds me of my fathers beer from the 70’s in Australia. I see very little aroma but rather an ugly childhood memory when beer tasted like crap. Dry, slightly sour and bitter like your mothernlaw. Short, low to no flavor. This is not craft brewing. It’s worse than averge. For those who work in the fields without access to fresh or clean water it would be gold. For a modern California craft brewing it’s a joke. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle code: 2LI
Pours a nice light amber with a solid sheet of loose whites. Smells of peanuts, light grain, sweet toffee (faintly), some hints of grass. Flavor is bitter up front, some of the peanut flavor comes through, a good dose of cardboard (candy box style) some bits of metals. Medium bodied with much too much carbonation and a wettish finish. Not very impressive, but I can see how on a sunny summer day, with sweat dripping down my face this would satisfy. Maybe if this wasn’t listed as a bitter.
Serving type: bottle
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Earthy caramel and peat aroma like the olde bitter should have. Clear orange color, head will collapse within a minute. Weird sweet saltine cracker taste, almost bitter, dry and flaky. Insincere cask-age finish. Light body, feels like near beer, which it almost is. Any beer this weak should be very bitter or sour. I like Anchor quite a lot, but this feels like trying to milk something for more than it’s worth. BrettTaylor (776) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Poured from 22 oz bottle. Pours an orange gold. White frothy head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is minimal - somewhat bready, but watery. Tastes very much like a watered-down barley wine. There is a strange bitterness mid-taste. While this is an interesting idea as a historical exercise, it is not something I would purchase again. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The neck label has a short description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.
Appearance: The body has a light amber to orange amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour I got an average size head (about two fingers) with a just off white color. This head fades slowly and makes some nice lacing on the glass as I drink.
Smell: It light overall and has a light pale biscuit like maltiness with some mild grassy/herbal hops. (This was not what I was expecting at all.)
Taste/Palate: The flavor closely matches the smell. It starts with a thin pale malt with light bready and biscuity notes. This is then quickly over run by a slightly citrusy, almost astringent, grassy hop character. It finishes with this acidic bitterness hanging on to the tongue. The body has a light and fairly thin feel with plenty of scrubbing carbonation.
Notes: For a beer based off the second running of there Barleywine this was not what I was expecting and not a beer that I would seek out again.
MarcoDL (4936) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2013
Modest and not very outspoken bitter beer. I drank it as a light beer to get some fresh air between some very heavy tastings. BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Northern Brewer hops and light cracker malt. Flavor is heavy bitterness, moderate hops, light malt and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.