FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottle Code 207FX08; Sampled March 2008HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits on top of a clear copper colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color. Spicy hop notes mix with pale malt notes to form aromas of currants, hay, honey-like malt, crushed soda crackers, zesty spice notes, grassy / herbal hops, and a clean, crushed malt character. The nose is pretty clean, meaning the hop and malt notes seem to be the focus here with only a little influence from the fermentation character.
Starts out a bit light, a bit cool and has a crisp hop bite to it. The finish though is quite viscous and shows the beer’s full body; quite sticky for a beer of this modest gravity. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit more of the heft towards tee beginning of each sip. While a bit sweet, this is surprisingly not cloying given the viscous feel of this brew. Grassy hop notes with a bit of an herbal finish provide the bulk of the hop flavor. Perhaps a touch of lemon zest is noticeable and there is also a light bitterness of which the latter is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. The malt sweetness provides a sweet-grain character coupled with a touch of honey flavors.
A very easy drinking beer, though it is a bit less attenuated than I expected. This could use a bit more complexity though, perhaps a touch more malt depth & even some more yeast driven flavors would be nice; though a clean fermentation character certainly is not uncharacteristic of this style.
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(Brewed and Bottled in Frederick Maryland) An everyday Bière de Garde for sure. While not standing out in any area, the beer is enjoyable and quenchingly dry and drinkable . A nice summer brew. Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2008
On tap. Pours a claer gold with a nice white head. Aromas of bead, buscuit, slight sugar and spice. Taste is very balanced with a nice sweetness, slightly spicy. Finish is very clean with mild hops. Overall a good beer. Can’t wait until the weather warms up. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 I’ve got NO PROBLEMS with this beer. Surprisingly fresh, definitely herbal/grassy with a good dose of some buttered bread (not diacetyl), this is crisp and clean, with all the slightly funky, earthy and leafy/vegetably flavors and smells it should have. Easy drinking for sure, it makes me want to get my Rick Astley on. The description says unfiltered, but all I see is clear gold staring at me from the glass ("Drink me!") with a nicely sustained small head. Good conditioning for this beer. I wish it would get warmer outside, right NOW! tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2008
(20 minutes later I have to say that the beer is a tad too effervescent...)
Bottle. Not a great fan of this style of beer. This is not bad though. Carbonated, with a dark goldish color. Aroma is citrus with a slight wiff of hops. Taste, says it’s sweet but I don’t think it’s that sweet. Also slightly citrus. I would recommend.
malrubius (2858) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2008
12 ounce bottle in generic tulip. Clear pale copper with white head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Very mild aroma of honey and spice. Honey sweetness with significant spiciness and mild bitter finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Not a bad example of a mediocre style. Much better when warmed up a bit. Don’t drink ice cold. I’ve been thinking we’ll be seeing a lot more of these types of experiments with less hoppy beers due to the hop shortage. I wonder if this is the case. Anyhow, not bad. Farily authentic tasting. Could be a little yeastier, livelier. nearbeer (5368) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12 oz; 08 date stamp with 5.5% abv indicated (not 5.8 as shown in the description). Clear golden with a large meringue head that lasts all day. Spicy yeast and dry grassy herb, maybe some slight citrus in the aroma. Grain and dry grass front turns to a slightly toasted flavor and then to a yeasty-grassy herb mix of mint and citrus flavors. Light-medium body is smooth with some tingle, and a slightly dry finish. Nice springtime beer. cheap (5794) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
On tap at the Vintage! Ubiquitous appearance. Aroma is rather sweet and candy. At first comes across like a premium lager or pilsner then a weird bitterness sets in.Carbonation is present but not above average. Finish is almost medicinal maltish alky. Hangs around for a while after the session. Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bright, clear yellow, with... OK, I’m gonna stop right there. I don’t try to rate to style, but sometimes I can’t help but rate to expectations. And this was not what I was expecting. Very, very filtered, and no yeast characteristics at all. And I’ve been impressed with Flying Dog’s Gonzo and more recently the Saison. But this was a disapointment, along the lines of Star Wars Episode I. So, to sum up, it’s a decent Golden Ale. ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Too much carbon dioxide, filtered, sad attempt at a great style. Do not bother