Ernest (7601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of bile, zucchini, and hair spray.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
What a bummer...as with the bottled Orale I just sampled, this is tainted with some really nasty aromas (chemical, vegetal, vomit-like) that literally makes my stomach flip every time I take a sniff. They’re hidden slightly better under the malt here than in the Orale, but they’re impossible to escape. That these off notes appear in both beers means the Orale wasn’t a fluke (and no, it’s not my glassware). So sad when this happens...it was reasonably drinkable at GABF last year. Truly scary in bottled form though. Hope they fix the issues.
RSRIZZO (1981) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is faint with some malt tones. Color is a golden amber with ok carbonation and a good head. Taste comes in on a light body with a nice sweet malt flavor and mild bitterness. I think this is the best Mexican-style beer I can remember having.
BeerandBlues2 (12847) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at All Colorado Beer Festival. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, off-white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (toasted grain, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple. Light bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Short duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.