blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Draft. Pours clear gold with a white head. Light floral hop bitterness, a clean malty base, and some lingering saaz hops. Solid; very drinkable. ozzy70 (1283) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 9, 2016
12 oz. can. Poured clear golden, foamy white head. Aroma was floral, pine, grass. Taste was light bitter, hops. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Canned 6/16/16, drunk 8/31/16.jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Good clarity (high) with nothing left behind in the can...interesting. Must be low-level filtration, because this definitely doesn’t taste heavily filtered. Straw-blonde body has golden tints and a large, well-retained, white head.
Again, the first thing I get, is Bells house character. Must be the water...since this is obviously not their house ale yeast. Pepper and herbs, with bits of sourdough-like maltiness and white grape abound. American hopping isn’t overdone, and actually mimics the noble hops pretty well, if rather much more intensely (nectarine, lemon, orange, light pine). Everything is quite rich and intense, but it’s fairly well balanced but for a bit of excess pine/sourdough. Clean, for sure.
Very malty in the mouth, with strong honey and moderate sourdough-like toastiness. Big pepper and dried herb notes slowly give way to lemon, orange rind, white grape and light pine, but are in turned checked, slightly, by more sticky, moderately sweet malts on the finish. Soft, malty, almost sticky texture with ample, engaging carbonation. Could see this being a bit of a trainwreck fresh, as even after 2+ months, it’s still VERY assertive and has a bit more pine and sourdough than I want.
Taste is light and citrusy with a note of pine. Smooth with a tiny hint of hoppyness. Like a session IPA.
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Can from VE. Nose strongly floral, some surprising rubber/plastic, pour clear and richly golden with a frothy b right white head. Taste medium bitter and hop-forward, sunny grainy malt in good balance, grassy and floral, medium resin, pine, some interesting background fruity-spicy notes that I’m not too familiar with. Light sweetness accumulates to medium by the end. Moderately soft medium body but perfectly crisp, very approachable, with the sense that the hops might’ve been overdone. Very fresh and juicy, lightly sticky lips and late-noticed lace, I could see this combination working very well in a rye beer or porter, and there are some very slight similarities to ’country’ rye and spelt saison (save, of course, the mouthfeel). A lot of fun, this one. [2016.09.07: 3.5]
eggraid101 (79) - Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Pored from a can. Thin head, straw color. Aroma of pine, grass, wet barn. Nice full body for a lager. Delicious, clean beer with nice hoppiness of tangerine, melon, a light sweetness. Great summer beer. Another great one from Bells
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Can. Faintly cloudy pale yellow, small foamy whitish head, faint malt aroma, high carbonation, \crisp malt taste, smooth body, abrupt finish with little bitter aftertaste. Very smooth and satifying. Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2016
On tap at Suttree’s. hazy yellow, with fluffy white foam. Faint aroma is lightly sweet, maybe some grassy notes. Taste is fresh bread, black pepper and grassy hops. asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2016
[On tap at Oblivion]
Zesty, citrusy noble hops aroma with soda cracker malt backbone that’s only a little overshadowed by the potent hops. Clear straw under a persistent, lacy, white flannel blanket. Flavour is straw and hay with assertive bitterness and lots of spicy noble hops. There is a slight ethanolic edge that combines with the hops in a phenolic sort of way that I may not like that much. Almost a faux Belgian Pale Ale finish kind of thing going on. Medium light body, crisp, medium carbonation. HuskerTan (2396) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 29, 2016
A- Corn, bland.
A- Yellow color, hazy liquid, white head.
T- Wheat, spice.
P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, bland finish.
O- Maybe the first Bell’s beer I have no liked. Very bland and boring.