bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2006
"Pour a amber color with a white head which stayed around for awhile. Smelled of spices malts and caramel. Tasted of malts and yeast. Overall not a bad beer. Wont look for but would have again."
CMUBEERMAN (458) - - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer always has this certain character that makes it taste amazingly hoppy at first and then sour and acidic later. rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
The best beer in America, and one of the top beers in the world. The Mecca of California beer, a perfectly transparent beer. CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I had heard about this beer often and never tried it. My impression is that is a bit overrated. The aroma is hoppy but taste is short lived and acidic. Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
I didn’t enjoy this beer much. The best part was the fresh hoppy aroma, with a hint of smoke and possibly mint?! I didn’t enjoy the mid and post taste. It was fairly bitter, very carbonated, and just not my thing.
Z2221344 (6) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2006 does not count
I love this beer. Granted, a good deal of that probably has to do with bias at this point - I’ve been enjoying this particular beer for a long time. Enjoy it with some clam chowder and sourdough bread for a real San Francisco treat. Anything I’d add about the taste has already been stated. gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Nice golden color with small head. Just not very smooth. The fruity bitterness just dosn’t mix well for me. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle. Nose like biscuits dunked in tea. Golden body with a thick, solid, foamy head. Taste is malty and hoppy but with a little lasting alcohol that doesn’t really help. Finish of liquored fruit, like a christmas pudding or rich fruit cake. Over all quite nice. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Draught. Clear light brown color with thin white head that laced the glass. Nose is of dried fruit, caramel malt, and a hint of grape candy and citrus hops. Dry and slightly bitter. Bitterness lingers on the palate. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
12oz bottle...hey its a twist off now! Brown hued beer w/ thin tan head. Aromas of carmel, earth, faint smoke, mint?, A very distinct aroma that I just can’t seem to translate into words...leather maybe. Drinks full enough for a session beer w/ a good balance of malt(carmel) and hops (leathery, earthy). Yeast helps make it unique w/ a hint of smoke coming through it. The beer closes w. moderate bitterness, fairly clean w/o much lingering flavor. A good, tasty utility beer...a nice change up from APAs or German Pils.