iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Draught, Wrigleyville: dark orange body with minimal head (per usual at this brewpub…wouldn’t want to cheat someone out of a sip, not totally a bad thing, I guess). Lightly sweet, hoppy aroma with some dark, very subtle darker tones of toffee and fruity malt. This one falls into the very drinkable category, missing any striking flavours, but does boast a balanced palate and finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
On tap: Amber hued with a small frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of sweet malts, toffee, mild apple and currants, and aromatic hops. The taste is balaned between the subdued hops and sublime malts. As it warms, the beer takes on some fruity character so it doesn’t become boring. The finihs has a classic British bitterness that I found to be spot on. The feel is, well, just average. A good beer that does true to the genre. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Light amber color with no head. No real aroma. Very mild hop taste and character. Tasty enough, but just not much going for it. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Cask: Amber Coloring. Hoppy Aroma. Hoppy Overall...Seemed a Bit Dry as Well.. Not Really Packing Any Kind of Punch Here.. Watery all The Way Through... This Must be The Cynic’s Version of ’Progess’ Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
On cask. Golden with a very earthy hop character from the Goldings but with a little bit of citrus of well. Aside from being slightly watery, it’s a good pale.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 Dark golden body with a bit of hazy and no head. Slightly sweet nose with hints of tartness and a crisp bitter finish. Light caramel, minor tart notes, light pine and a floral perfume element. The body is of moderate thickness and fairly creamy for the style. It starts sweet and moves to moderate bitterness toward the finish. Fairly well balanced but lacking in character. Drinkable but nothing outstanding.
When cask conditioned, this is a much more enjoyable beer. The hop aroma is more enticing and a subtle fruitiness exists that really makes it so much more enjoyable. Still not mindblowing, but I'm glad I tried the cask offering.