Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured richer dark brown, /orange, with orange head? Smelled the malts and hops. First sip was strong. Checking the %. Only 5.5, then what is that strong taste? I guess hops.Second was better. Lots of hops in this. Good brew, not great.
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As insignifigant as the distinction of using a "C" rather than "K" comes across .... Nice and malty, but just a bit over carbonated and with a different bitterness provided by the Willamette hops. And this also suffered the misfortune of coming after sampling a number of other beers. Actually this is a good beer, but I prefer their (Harpoon’s) other beers and other O-fests.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Crisp clear copper color. Aroma is malty and spicy, and more pronounced than the flavor. The flavor isn’t anything to write home about. It’s mostly hoppy and dry, with hints of malt and caramel. (Caramel gets more pronounced as it warms) Dry and sweet finish. Overall, it’s decent, but I don’t think I’ll run out and buy a sixer
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a clear vibrant copper, medium sized foamy off-white head, sticky lacing, with strong carbonation. Sweet malty aroma, slight graininess, with minor notes of melon. Slight sweet malty flavor, with some grass and light fruit (apple/pear) tinges. Medium body and mouthfeel. Slightly bitter on the finish... malt doesn’t seem to carry through all the way. Tiz okay, but many other better examples exist. Thanks goes out to Jah Noth for the trade!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber color, off white head. Fuller malt prescence, some caramel and toffee, slightly toasty, with mild bitterness. Light to medium body does the trick. Pretty tasty but not the best by any stretch.
canary dog (760) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad, although not nearly as good as the Sam Adams version. Fruitier than most beers of this style.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Brown, clear color. Healthy, attractive head. Aroma is malty and has a sugar overtone. Flavor is similar to aroma with a bit of caramel and dextrose. All in all, watery, and one dimensional.
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark almond and chocolate brown with a half inch of tan head off the tap. Interesting aromas -- milk chocolate, roasted malts, a little dusty. The aromas are borne out by the flavors, smoky and sweet at the same time. Enough hop to really carry the beer, which is richer than most Oktoberfests. Lively on the palate, not overly carbonated, and smooth. Overall, a great beer for the style.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good glassy amber with a decent sized head. Aroma is pleasurable sweet malts, hint of bananna and lemon. The flavor is nothing to special, somewhat light malt complex and no real bite to it. The palate is smooth and buttery with a tad bit of crisp carbonation in the finish.
Jayb0 (1183) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid Octoberfest and one of the better Harpoon offerings. The malt character is there and the hops balance well. Very drinkable with a mildly spicy finish.