Jmmyer07 (23) - - AUG 13, 2013
Bright golden orange with nice head. Smells great slightly earthy, malty with hints of the grassy, piney hops.
Taste: crisp and refreshing with notes of creamy nuttyness and caramel malts. Hops are more on the finish with some piney, herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is good, it’s light and crisp on the tongue. Hint of viscosity could help at the end of the taste.
Overall this is a definite favorite of the style. Had this beer with chorizo kale soup. Amazing combo. Definitely will have this one again.
halfbarrelbc12 (4) - - OCT 18, 2012 does not count
not sure why this beer gets such low ratings. I wonder if people don’t understand the style. More malt flavor, more hop bitterness and more abv than others of the style. I love the pale ale qualities with the lager finish. Awesome warm weather beer! FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a long lasting, three-finger thick, dense, tan colored head, that leaves lots of lacing, and slowly subsides with a very structural varied, mesa forming head; you can’t ask for much more in the appearance of a beer. The beer is a nice, red-stained copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. The nose has a warm biscuit like maltiness, a flint like hop character, a soft citrus / berry like hop character, and lots of floral / nectar like notes, and a spicy, whole grain cracker like malt character. The nose is quite appetizing, fresh, and very inviting.sagron (1) - Madison, Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2013 does not count
Lightly sweet up front, there is a solid prickly carbonation, as well as a bitter hop bite to this beer. There is a flint like edge to the hop character here, and herbal, not quite menthol like edge / bite, and a noticeable citrus character that when coupled with the malt provides a berry like flavor towards the finish. The malt character plays a prominent role as well; sweet caramelized grain notes, lots of English biscuit character. The body has a nice malty fullness to it that is not too heavy, this is still quite quaffable, but has a bit of meat to it, and I can see it pairing well with food.
A fantastic version of the style. This is fresh, and much better than Anchor steam this far from the source in San Francisco (I haven’t had a great, fresh Anchor steam in years as it doesn’t travel well).
Very smooth flavor, lovely golden/copper color. California Common beer. Slightly happy smell. jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
A perfect lager. Fresh, clean, crisp, golden, just enough hops and no funky skunkiness. Killer with fish.
yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Initial Rating Date: 3/13/2012 6:51:46 PM
16oz draught. No head but sticky lacing over a very hazy, light tequila sunrise body. Nose is sweet and earthy. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter. Feel is quite chewy. Carbonation is flatish with small volume of fine frizz - small for a lager. Finish is quick with a very mild bitterness that lingers. Overall decent.
Subsequent Rating Date: 1/25/2014
1pt. .6oz bomber. Good head dissolves in five minutes. Excellent balance between spice and classic, old school lager. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2012
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head, The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with citrus and floral hops with a bit of lager yeast.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and grainy malts with some citrus hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some light pine hops with some more bitterness comes through some more bready and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and caramel malts with citrus hops, light bitterness, and a touch of lager yeast.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice California common with a good malt and hop balance. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this. It pours a clear gold with a white head of foam. The aroma is nice and estery with pears and apples and lagery yeastiness around the edges. The taste is similar with sweet apple and pear esters mixing with a bit of bitter hoppy spiciness. To midway the hop spiciness gets a little more earthy and gravel like in its bitterness. This offers a nice blend of sweet esters and bitter hoppiness. I like it. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at the Beer Baron. It pours a pale golden color with a white head. The aroma has some lemongrass, pale malt, straw and crackers with light breadiness. The flavor is delicate with some florals, lightly sweet pale malts and medium acidity with a bit of earth and lemongrass. Lemon and orange fruit. Solid earthy/floral bitterness. Really tasty and subtly complex. Very good. timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a clear, slightly hazy vivid copper gold. Nice foamy white head. Smells very good - crisp citrus hops, grain, and lager yeast. Tastes very refreshing, clean and fresh - citrus hops and lager. The body is light and fits well with the other components. Active carbonation that doesn’t get in the way. A nice surprise extra in a trade. Paired well with a steak teriyaki dinner.