joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013 bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at drakes. Board says this one uses mosaic hops. Very faint haze with thin tight white head. Very tropical fruit forward hop aroma with English malt undertones. Light body as well as carb. Light toffee malt, slightly husky, English cracker. Tropical fruit, some pine and soap. Not much of a mild in the traditional sense, more of a hybrid hoppy English session ale. Drinks easy with great flavor.
On draft at Drakes. It pours a dark orange color with a beige head. The aroma has some caramel and pecan with a little fruit. The flavor is toasty with some caramel. Full bodied and drinkable with some more bitter piney and citrus hop than aroma or flavor. Nice little mild. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Big grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light grain flavor with light summer fruit. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light grain lingers with light pine. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Amber pour with an off-white head. Weird burnt popcorn smell to this. Roasted malt, citrus hops, floral notes, and some grass. Toasted bread sweetness, too. The flavor is okay, but ruined by that burnt popcorn note. Some toast, bread, and roast notes. Citrus, floral, and grassy hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at Drakes poured a clear amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, earthiness, tangerine and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, earthiness, tangerine and grapefruit with a smooth lingering earthy citrus finish.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Sampled at Blind Lady Ale House; July 2012yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
Arrives with a frothy, one-finger thick, lightly amber tinged tan colored head. The beer is an amber hue in the light, but shows brown in the daytime darkness of the bar. This has a nice, toasted, nutty aroma to it up front and this is backed by a soft fruitiness that leans towards hints of plums, and perhaps more aptly, currants. The toasted, slightly roasted character is definitely the dominant aromatic note. There is some crystal malt derived caramel character here, as well as a whole grain spiciness that adds to the malt complexity.
Lightly herbal hop character up front yields to toasted, nutty, whole-grain malt notes through to the finish. The malt character lingers on the palate along with a touch of caramelized malt, a touch of herbal hop bitterness, and a soft, somewhat non-descript fruitiness. Quite light bodied and quaffable, it has some viscosity to it though. A touch less toasted / roasted than it is in the nose, in fact the roasted component is dropped from the flavor.
A very nice Mild, and it is a nice counterpoint to the Alpha Sessions that I just had. I like the complexity of the malt character, and there is enough hop character to provide a good balance. I like this a lot more than I perhaps should; it is so hard to get a decent example of this style in the US, and it is one I like to brew on a regular basis.
From tap at Blind Lady. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light caramlish. Light bitter, toasted malty and slight caramelish. Smooth toasted malty and bitter finish. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Tasted from the firkin at the Triple Rock Firkin Fest on April 7, 2012. This mild ale pours a medium orange gold color from the firkin. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, herbal and earthy. A medium bodied English Mild. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal, floral and a touch citrusy. Mild and soft carbonation. A nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Landmonger (155) - USA - JUN 19, 2012
I think the name is right. Poured from a Growler from Drakes, aroma is mild with some roasted malt, taste is mildly bitter, minor tartness, over all a very mild beer...pun intended. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
14oz pour on tap at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Light caramel and slight toasted malts are present in the aroma. Nicely aromatic. Transparent dark-copper body with a small off-white head. Starts with nice caramel flavors and moderate sweetness. Some toffee and toasted malt flavors come through later. Super flavorful. Really good stuff. Rivals Berryessa Whippersnapper, minus the appearance and mouthfeel.