Lubiere (13771) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2008
A nice dark golden ale with a thin white head. Pleasant cinnamon wheat aroma, candy like. In mouth, a sustained graininess, malt, fresh mash, sustained bitterness. Much better than their other offerings. Served at room temp. On tap at Mahars, Albany, May 31, 2008. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Clear copper-amber pour with a solid and lasting frothy beige head. The aroma’s fairly sweet - like dried tea leaves with a hint of banana and metal. The taste is quite yeasty - banana and oats - sweet and almost cloying. Fairly thick-bodied and sticky, with a little resiny bitterness in the finish. This is rye? ehh, it’s yeasty and sweet, but ultimately seemed like a too-sweet homebrew. jsquire (4420) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Hazy amber color out of the bottle, Small creamy beige head. Some grainy nose with dark fruit. Lots of the grainy rye flavor, caramel sweetness, dark bread, and some funky dark fruit. Something unappealing about this beer. garthicus (2925) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2008
Blankboys bottle - Appearance: Wonderful red/orange colour with a nice fluffy brown/gray head/ Aroma: Nuts, malt ’red lemonade’ slightly hoppy too. Flavour: Malty, slightly bitter, dark bread and the slightest hint of mint in the finish. alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear darker amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma had notes of rye, moderate sweetness, light fruit and earhtiness. The flavor was rye bread, very slight citrus fruit, light bitterness at times and caramel malt. Its not that this was bad, it just seemed to be lacking in flavors that needed to be there.
robinvboyer (4573) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
clear amber pour, fluffy white head. Nice bready malty aroma with some nice creamy subtle hops, and a little spicy. Flavor is a touch spicy with some nice hops, and agreat bready finish. Interesting beer, really nice, and drinkable. Beerdedone (3390) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with a small white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel, rye and some floral hops. Flavor is grainy with caramel malts, rye and has a hint of brown sugar with a medium body and a bitter finish. nearbeer (5362) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2008
650 ml, session 23. Clear copper with a lasting half-inch of creamy foam. Nice frosting left on the glass. Aroma of buttery toffee and tartish apple. Flavor is initially the same with a spicy twang, and then finishes with some crisp, toasted rye. Near-medium body is mostly smooth and finishes dry. Tastes like an average bitter, with a tad more body and a rye finish. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
22oz bottle from DrDogBeer. Pours cloudy red brown with a thin offwhite head, specks of lace. Smells faint malty, fruity sweet. Tastes malty and sweet, kind of bland and plain, not that great. Metallic and thin, sickly sweet malt flavors.Medium body, coats the mouth, ok carbonation. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
In short: A rye-based beer with strong citrusy notes. Decent beer but kind of, you know, eh.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh day of purchase
The look: Clear amber body topped by a small but long-lasting white head
In long: Nose and taste has a lot of dried fruits. In the taste the rye is quite apparent, chewy juicy caramel and some brown sugar sweetness. The soft juicy citrusy hopping is similar to a standard session pale ale. Too-ripe citrusy flavours started coming out as the beer warmed up. Drinkable unfocussed beer that doesn’t amount to much. It’s nice that Harpoon are trying things with their 100 Barrel Series line, but this one is just that, a nice try.