Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2017 alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beachwood; gold color. Flavor and aroma dominated by bread and yeast. Some more fruit in the flavor and notes of banana bread.
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of soap and lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation.
I wish I would have tried this at the brewpub several weeks ago just as a reference standard, because neither this nor the bottled Amalgamator are very good (the latter offers plastic and taffy, and just overall is really clunky), whereas Amalgamator on draft in Long Beach was great. One of the bartenders at the brewpub claimed Julian was still trying to get the larger batches at the new-ish brewery in Huntington Beach where he wanted them, and these two are evidence that he just isn't there yet. I almost hate to rate this as-is, because I know both he and Ian are capable of much better, but now that they've chosen to go big time and bottle/can and distribute to other states, well...the consumer has a right to know that these batches aren't up to snuff yet. For those who haven't been to Long Beach and are picky about beer quality...go! And don't judge the brewery as a whole by these early, rough bottles...they are capable of much better. zoucrew102 (2104) - - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle. Grainy malt aroma with notes of grassy hops, biscuit and light citrus. Pours pale golden colored with a thin white head that has little retention and some lacing. Starts with grain and biscuit malt flavors. Finishes smooth and dry with some citrus and grassy hops. Crisp, clean and refreshing. blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Grainy malty base, low sweetness, mild bitterness, and a quick grainy malty finish. Clean and drinkable. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized white head. Crisp grain with almost a hint of pepper to it. Medium bodied, corn, a hint of green pepper but no spice really. Corn and grain, crackers into the finish. How did the jalapeno thing happen here?
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Draft. Golden beer with a cream head. Light citrus and light malt aroma. Bready flavor with light malt. Medium bodied. Breadiness and light malts linger with light citrus.
beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Pours a pale golden yellow color with a white head. Biscuit, cereal, grass and light fruit aroma and flavors. Light body and mild carbonation. Grass, fruit and cereal finish. Zymurgeist2 (2364) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City. Pours slightly hazy yellow with full and sustained white head. Overt cereal grain on both the aroma and, especially, the flavor. anstei (2608) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear yellow. Aroma is malt-forward and lightly buttery. Body is light, with a low carbonation, some malty sweetness and little bitterness. Palate is short, but not watery. Goes down almost like water, yet clearly is not water in every sense. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle. Bright clear golden with a small but well formed white head. Aroma is hay, honey, floral notes. Flavor is pale malts, bread, mild sweetness, mild floral hops. Medium-light bodied and crisp. Good for what it is. A lawnmower beer. marcus (10670) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 4, 2016
On tap at Capitol Tap. Pours clear light gold with a nice white head and a floral aroma. There is a hearty light malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.