williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
The appearance is beautiful cloudy copper. Minimal head, butg the translucent color is gorgeous. With more head, this would be a 5.0.
The aroma is bitter, flowery German hops on top. Roasted barley underneath. Grainy but with lemon and earthy tones. Very strong, very inviting.
The taste is earthy, grainy malts foremost. Pilsnerish/German hops floating above. Hint of perfumes, but more bitter and with a bite on the swallow. Complex; lots of flavors to admire here.
Medium bodied feel and creamy but also refreshing. Spring-y! Lots of bitter hops, earthy malts and a citrusy respite. A heck of a nice spring-friendly beer. thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours deep amber into a Kolsch. Fluffy white head with good retention leaves spots as it recedes. Hoppy aromas. Crisp with upfront fruity caramel and a lasting peppery hop finish. Davetopay (54) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2009
It’s almost as if some of the best parts of a traditional Octoberfest beer were used to make a crisp, slightly hoppy, multi-layered summer brew.....oh wait! THEY WERE!
Great hay, pasture, honey, and spice on the nose. The color is a medium gold that leads one to long for an October afternoon with its slightly slanted sunbeams. The flavors hit your mouth in rapid fire succession. As mentioned before, Munich and Vienna malts are very up front, but it is almost as if there is a bit of rye in there as well. I wouldn’t know for sure, but that is what I associate that slight dry tang with. The hops were added early in the boil, and used greatly for bittering and not so much the nose, but they are just right, in my opinion. You don’t want something to be to sweet and syrupy on a hot day. They help keep the finish crisp and clean. The fruity notes of the German ale yeasts help temper the hearty bitterness, but don’t get in the way. Travlr (26406) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Very nice IPA, on the mild side, but decent pine aromas an flavors. Shared with two dudes from the Federal Reserve Bank. I just hope they don’t raise interest rates. JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Kolsch? I don’t think so... in fact, it’s not even close. Too much malt and too much hoppiness for that. Anyway, hazy golden amber with a thick white head. Aroma is nice, soft UK type malts, crackery and biscuity with a soft woody/spicy type of hop aroma as well. A touch of marmalade and a bit of sulfur as well. Flavour is lovely, soft and crisp with a fresh minerally bitterness. Crisp pale malt and touch of earthiness. It’s a nice English Pale ale... but it’s definitely not a kolsch. Excellent session ale, FWIW.
BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2008
12oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a thin film of foam. Smells like caramel, toffee, grass, and a bit of pepper... Tastes biscuity and caramelly, with a tinge of fruit and pepper toward the finish. Light both in body and in carbonation. Less drinkable than expected... An okay beer overall, but a Kolsh it is not... agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Deep golden color...fluffy head, with nice lacing. Mild malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt flavor up front...unusually smooth mouthfeel for the style, with good body. Hop profile kicks in throughout the back. Finish has a subtle hop bite. This brew is refreshing, yet quite flavorful...great on a hot summer day. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours gold with an off white head. Smells of floral hops, some light, dry pilsner malt, grassy. Tastes of faint citrus, dry malt, light spicy hints. Easy drinking. ClarkVV (6958) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 6/7/07
Well-conditioned, buttercup-colored body, with light brass tints, is clear, lightly bubbly and sports a medium-sized white head that produces light lacing. Head shows moderate retention.
Malt-forward is the nose (which is great), showing straw, wet hay baking in the sun and light toffee hints. Light minerals, and something producing a slight acidity, is notable on the finish, which seems to have a bit of lemon to it as well. With some warming, it unfortunately gains a bit of cake-icing-like thickness/sweetness, but some earthy and dusty hops help keep things somewhat dry and grainy. Definitely a kolsch, probably not the world’s leading example, but pleasant enough in the nose, with no apparent flaws.
Snappier up front than I expect, as lots of grainy, very fresh cereal-like malts cut through some initial pale malt sugariness. It’s got a surprisingly firm body to it, with lots of roundness and almost a wheat-like chewiness to it (I’m not a big fan of wheat in kolschs though, I think it gives the wrong texture). Not saying there is wheat in it, but it definitely could stand to bit a tad bit lighter bodied and somewhat more crisp. Acidity and kolsch-yeast signature mineral notes are lightly apparent on the finish, with EKG or saaz hoppiness that is very minimal as it should be. Take the attenuation up a notch and give it some more pils malt character and this would be spectacular. It still went down very well, however. Carbonation is moderate, not bubbly or overdone. No flaws or alcohol noted.