thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
I’ve tried this a number of times since it first came out last year, and I will say that it really suffered from a bad batch last fall. The first samples I had of it last summer were excellent -- light, balanced, gently hoppy -- and the latest ones I’ve had are exactly the same. However, what I had in October and November in the brewery and at a few of their draft accounts was a bit of a mess (overly bitter, off-colored, super cloudy), and I think that’s where a lot of the low reviews came from. Back to form, this is once again a nice, gentle pale ale. tfontana (1254) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 On tap at Cork ’n’ Keg, Raymond, NH in tulip glass. Aroma is strong floral, resinous hops. Appearance is clear, copper-brown without sparkle, minimal head with fair retention, trace lacing. Taste is balance floral sweetness with bitter. Palate is light bodied with thin texture, average carbonation, and bitter dominant finish. Overall, strong aroma and flavor, nice appearance and palate, a wee bit to the bitter side for my tastes. Stine (1803) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Fresh growler. Reddish amber, tepid and clear. Hamster cage hops and husky malts in the aroma. Sweet, gritty, rough pungency. It can be perceived as floral with pleasant herbal character, but an aerosol pulse, and an intense celeriac and dill vegetal sensation overwhelms this. Dry caramel, golden raisins, tea leaves, moldy earth; specialty malts suffocating. Peppery, earthy pellet hop flavor; pet store vibe again with souring caramel sweetness; the malts are as dirty as it gets. Chlorinated water, musty lemon, more celeriac flavor. Soft carbonation, slick texture. Searching thoroughly, there just aren’t any redeeming qualities to this confusing, fresh but not fresh tasting pale ale. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2015
750ml growler thanks to Quag. Ah, this is wrong, The flavors are weird, plastic, chemicals, and burnt malts. Odd flavor throughout, not much else. jkwood04 (5481) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2015
750ml growler in a tulip. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of piney and floral hops, caramel and pale malts, and dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer but nothing great.
Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Im kind of shocked by this beer. Darker amber color with off white foamy head. Aroma is fine enough with grapefruit, orange, resin. and some toasty malts. The taste is acrid bitterness. Are these malts burnt? Just an assertive unpleasant bitterness in a light 4.8% malt base. Citrus rind bitterness which is common in these hoppy beers. I cant even finish my glass. I dont want to be harsh on this brewery but so far they are not making beer that I care much for. bellco33 (851) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Poured from growler into a tulip: Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of light citrus, cracker malts, and pine. Taste is nice citrus, and then overly bitter and piney. Mildly sweet, medium body, bitter. It’s alright. johnnnniee (4484) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Growler from the Brewery.
Crystal clear deep golden with hints of orange and a smallish off white head that shows moderate retention. Spicy earthy hops dominate the aroma with some citrus and caramel breadiness to counter. Pretty spicy with hop flavor, bits of pine and resin with some solid bready caramel to back it up. Lingering bitterness long after each sip is done. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice little drinker right here. bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Pours a deep amber almost sienna color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of toasted bread throughout with a heavy malt profile that has moments of rustic appeal but border on burnt toast at moments. Hop profile has some nice citrus and juicy grapefruit glimpses in the mid palate but they quickly fall into an abrasive slight burnt rubber flavor in the lingering finish that just accentuates the burnt grain undertones to the point of me being a little underwhelmed and ready for another glass of Auroral. puboflyons (3591) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2015
On tap at the brewery. The pour is amber-orange with a white head that becomes a ring in the glass. The aroma has a forward citrus and floral hop note with a sugary sweet bready character under it all. Almost like brown sugar. Smooth, medium body. The pale malts are mild and sweet and then the floral hop bitterness penetrates quickly and lingers briefly at the finish.