TAR (2732) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned on June 9, 2016. Light golden. Puffy collar of nonuniform foam. Decent aroma of lemon, orange pith, resin, spruce, and a hint of pepper and herbs. Soft, but foamy and loose, carbonation. Hops are immediately overshadowed by a forceful surge of stinging alcohol and viscid residual sugars. Hoppiness steers toward nuance-pummeling resin and orange pith, with minimal floral and lemon notes poking through. Negligible pepper and herbaceous notes are mostly absorbed by the ongoing alcoholic glow, although do help to sharpen the mouthfeel. Malt is fairly refined and fluffy and helps negate the alcohol. Body lacks firmness, and thereís very little dryness or minerals to cleanse the palate and offset the persistent resin and citrus. The finish is predominated by orange pith, yet contains salvaging haylike malt and a coarse herbal twinge which gives the impression of clean attenuation. While this lacks some of the nuance I look for the in the style, itís better than expected from this average brewery. Too bad that itís citrusy and resinous. A decoction would help give this some personality, and more lagering time coupled with a boost in minerals to firm up the mouthfeel would be welcome. Dry-hopping a lager is an unnecessary gimmick (especially with high-alpha PNW hops), but so it goes. No flaws or anything, just could use some fine-tuning. Serviceable.
Scipio (1000) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear yellow with a full, foamy white head that settles slowly. The aroma is softer, with lemon, grass, honey, floral hops, and some mild spice. The flavor has an interesting array of flavors. I find pine, lemon, biscuit, honey, a little bit of orange, and cereal, with the pine and lemon being the main themes. Short lemon and grassy aftertaste. Light in body, with a thinner texture, and some softer carbonation. This one is very easy to drink. A good buy for something different.
Aggiebob (1067) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Clear pale yellow in color with a white head and lacing. Pine and citrus aroma. Mild bitterness. Nice lager.
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light and clean, not much at all going on. Just some malt and lightly crisp flavors.
mrohia (252) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bunker's Grill, Dayton, OH, draft. Very yellow, almost fluorescent; very smooth. Good on a hot day - it's cold in here and raining outside.
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bytemesis (8107) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours clear golden, medium white head, good lacing. Aroma is grassy, grain, pine, hints of citrus, cat piss. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, grainy start, citrus grass and pine middle, lingering honey and cat piss on the finish. Light body, soft mouthfeel.
Luvystypotables (1881) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A resiny nose with hints of minerals, honey and lemon, pale straw color with a full but short lasting head. A dry feel with mineral taste with notes of resin and honey. Light bitter hop finish.
mike5326 (1727) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a can. Clear light yellow color, medium white head. Mild hops aroma. Medium body with a slight hops and a mild bitter finish.
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cheap (5733) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2016
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can. Lemon yellow with a big head. Smell is floral IPA in nature. Imperial pils? No way. From the start this is IPL, donít let stupid descriptions fool you. However, one thing that differs from an IPA is it has some decent carbonation. This leaves me wondering if bell makes an IPL or if this was supposed to be it. Yep, this is way past a strong old country biting pils, this is india pale pilsner. IPA personality is over the top and down the side. Why does every beer out there have to taste like a bullshit IPA today? WHATEVER
superspak (5394) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/9/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale straw/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy pale lager. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.