brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
Light hop malt aroma, gold amber color, light hop taste, with a brief malt appearance, that makes a quick exit. Slight hoppy bitter aftertaste, would make a nice session beer. Gazza (727) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2004
A golden brew with a lovely cascadey hop nose with some graininess. The flavour is a bit of a let down after the nose IMO, with plain maltiness, some bitterness and a touch of hop. Fairly dry, plain finish. (Bottle from Booths supermarket, Cheshire) smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle - many hops in the aroma. Grassy, citrusy and pine notes. Dirty gold color. Malty with a fairly complex hop flavor. A nice citrus hop finish. Slightly fizzy. Better than I remember it. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Malty nose, slight green hop. Pretty hoppy, husky malt flavor. Not as good as I remember. A slightly sweeter finish would help a lot. Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 RERATE: Folks, there is some confusion about this beer. It is NOT an APA. It is an English bitter. If you are rating this as an APA of course it doesn’t make the grade. As a bitter however, it is a good example of the style.
Amber pour with small head, some lacing. Malt aroma with some grain. Taste sweet malts light hops with a slightly bitter finish. A nice mouthfeel, smooth but just a tad watery. Basically a good initial flavor, a nice malty middle but an uninspired finish. A drinkable beer and a good deal for the price (I paid 5.99 for this one)
tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
I’ve had this beer before a few times...never got around to rating it though. Well, a buddy of mine brings it over, so I thought I’d give it a rating. FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2007
I used to think this was a very solid beer. However, I really wasn’t that impressed this time around. Malt heavy, and very few hops to speak of. Slightly let down after almost raving about this beer when I first tried it.
It pours a small white head, and appears kind of a slightly cloudy copper color. The nose is very hoppy and nice. The flavor is well-balanced, though more to the hops side but in a very pleasant, not overbearing way. MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
Very nice sweet malt wafts off the rim of the glass. Honey colored with a decent white head that dies quickly. Not a lot of frothiness on the palate, but not flat either. Taste is malted caramel with out a bitter ending. A basic red drinking ale. Easy on the palate, not as good as goose Island’s IPA although. Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JUN 16, 2007
On tap at Clybourn pub, Chicago. Actually tastes almost like an ESB to me-- maybe not quite bitter enough. I think this beer has a nice flavor-- but nothing spectacular. Probably a good conversion beer-- like Sam Adams, etc. mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Hazy orange with off white head. Hops, fruit and spice. Solid drinkabe beer.