Nejhleader (1495) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good IPA, had this on cask at the exton location. had a bit of a citrus subtle hop flavor and aroma, nothing too bold about the taste, but a nice brew.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with a small but long lasting off-white head. The aroma was citrusy, mild grapefruit. Flavors were grapefruit, perfume, carmel, and some spices. Very good IPA.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spring house. Pours a filtered clear amber with a nice white sticky and long lasting head. Aroma is very similar to troegs hopback but more intense with lots of citrus pine and a bit of mango/orange. Malty backbone for flavor with nice hops all around and a good not overpowering hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice IPA.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drafting Room, Springhouse, PA. Clear, deep copper body with a tight cottony white head that looks like marshmallow. Perfumy with a watery whiskey quality and an odd note of chlorine and soap. Medium sweet with a slightly stale malty character with medium bitterness. Comes across like an English bitter. Somewhat disappointing. There’s really nothing special about this.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Exton: Smelled sweet with hints of cherry, vanilla, grapefruit, and citrus. Very hoppy scent. Clear and redish-brown in color with a creamy white head. Flavor was sweet but bitter and dry. Orange, grapefruit, and lemons were in the taste boquet. Medium body, thin texture. Lively carbination, bitter finish. Overall, not as good as the 10th A.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA. I only had the cask version and I’m glad I did. This was very good. Poured a nice reddish orange with an off white head that stayed the whole time and laced the glass. Aroma of orange, some grapefruit and pine. Taste was very smooth. Low in carbonation but I think the cask version was suppose to be that way. More of a floral after taste. The 4 different hops really blended together nicely. I really enjoyed this beer.
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one was very good, but the 10th Anniv. was better. This one poured copper with a medium, creamy, white head. The aroma was resiny hops, floral esters. Tasted very hoppy, with floral esters, a medium, floral, hoppy palate, and some finishing dry hops. My only problem is that this one had some off flavors toward the end of the growler. The typical Troeg’s hopback amber and sunshine pils hops and malt elements were there, but there was some metallic shit that I can’t place at the end. Very good, and this one is guilty of being compared to a gem of the 10th anniversary, so it has a hard act to follow.
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA. Tasted the cask & tap versions side by side. They both poured a medium amber color with the cask version being clear and the tap version being slightly hazy and darker. The cask had a larger sized off white head and the tap had a smaller sized lighter colored head. The both smelled real good - flowers, citrus, caramel and very light spices. The cask tasted much better. To me, this one was lightly bitter (grapefruit) with a light sweet balance. The more I drank the cask version the sweeter it became.
egajdzis (6232) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Cask poured a hazy amber color while the regular draft poured a clear lighter amber color. Both had a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was quite similar in both, displaying notes of orange rind, peaches, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel malt, and light spices. The taste off gravity cask was phenomenal, I would have given that version a 4.5. Vibrant grassy hops, caramel malt, tons of citrus fruits, including a beautiful grapefruit hop bitterness. The draft tasted near stale to me. I was told it was just kegged earlier in the week, but I definitely got some cardboard. Could it have been the pitcher TDR - SH served it in? Man, such a disappointment that this will only be on gravity cask tonight, and even greater disappointment, it that I dropped my damn growler of the cask version on the sidewalk on the way into my house!! Anyhow, I averaged my two samples, but jeez, I’d be hard pressed to give the draft version higher than a 3.