Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
22 oz. bomber.
Hazy yellowish hue, bone-white, rocky head.
Aroma: soft hops, lean citrus, lemon and orange, quiet and pleasant.
Taste/mouthfeel: big, bitterness up at the top, pucker and wince, then it winds down. Too, too sour, as well. Not a pleasant experience, actually. Malt is light, body is not firm enough to provide adequate resistence to this intense unrelenting citric bitter bite. Gets mild after that first swallow, but it continues beating the tongue, and itís a bit tough to take.
Halfway in, and itís toned down a touch, but it still makes for a miss off the mark of a pale ale.
"A finely balance session brew. rich golden color, firm body, hopped with Cascade." Well, something went wrong here. Balance isnít fine, canít imagine a session with this sourness, and ...wooo! Just took another sip...still alarmingly sour! Something is amiss, somewhere...sorry, I tried my best to like it!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2006
This definitely had a musty sour nose, with some vegetal flavors that I can only compare to squash rinds. Bread crust maltiness, some herbal grassiness. Light, but balanced, very fruity, but not for my palate. IndianaRed (4546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a nice fine white head and soapy lacing. Pale malt aroma with some sweet honey notes. Full bodied for the style and a rich feel with mild malts and easy on the hops, but balanced. Lively carbot\nation and a bit more late bitttering than I expects. Nice though for a style that I usualy dont expect much from.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a golden color, white soapy head.Aroma is lemon, coriander, grapefruit, musty cobwebs. Flavor is oranges, apricto, sharp, feint hay/farm smell to it as well. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF 2005. Thin head, cloudy pale yellow. Grainy, rich aroma that I can only really describe as smelling like early autumn harvest. Taste was funky, barnyard in a not so good way. I like the direction this beer is going, I hope it is a work in progress because it could be special.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.75 at the brewery) Smells citrusy and fairly sour, but not all that hoppy, and I get hardly any malt in the nose. Not to my liking so far. But things pick up a little with the flavor. Modest breadiness and pale malt is balanced by a grassy, spicy, mildly bitter hops. Thereís a moderate sourness to the flavor as well. Really, aside from the sourness, the combination of flavors is reminiscent of the blonde ale, except that the hops shows more presence than the bready malts in this beer, and itís less grainy than the blonde. Medium in body, somewhat clean and crisp from start to finish. Bright golden amber color, fully hazy, and topped by a small but very long-lasting, off-white head that holds a quarter-inch layer for the duration of the session. A thick, dense coating of foam covers much of the glass. So I guess aside from the sourness of the nose, this isnít a bad little beer. 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Draft at the brewery5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Orange and yellow in color. Mildly hoppy, bitter, tinny. Some wet dog and spoiled vegetable flavors, though... Difficult to drink, but at least has a good grassy hop nose, smelling oily like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Bottle: Golden, minor haze, mediocre frothy white head, decent lacing, moderate carbonation. † Minor hop, citrus, subtle graininess on the nose. † Fairly hop assertive start, mellows quickly. † Grainy aspect is barely noticeable on the tongue. † Very slight diacytl emerges at the finish, but not enough to detract. † Average body and mouthfeel. † Soft citrus like bitterness lingers. † Pretty good stuff this is! † Easily sessionable at 3.8%. Crit (3977) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy gold with off white head. Fresh hop nose. Soft hop profile,slightly citric, light but lingering hop end. Good lace Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
Straw colour. Light citric ale with breezy pale malt notes. Fresh pale malt character - soft with mild citrus notes. Moderate bitterness. Great balance, very fresh-tasting, wonderfully refreshing. Not billed as such, but an excellent English-style golden ale.