ClarkVV (6963) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 12/8/06tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Graham cracker colored liquid has hues of gold and light orange. White head atop is medium in size, mostly well-retained and provides moderate lacing. Medium to medium-high clarity, unfiltered it seems, but the yeast is well-dropped out having been cold-rested for a while now.
The nose seems to be the best feature. Lime skins play with light apple and cherry notes, giving way to medium-sweet orange and light grapefruit. Not at all what I was expecting. Though the fresh, aromatic, juicy hop flavor is somewhat short-lived compared to some of the best in the style, it’s great while it lasts. It gives way to caramel and honey, with some toastiness mixing with the citrus to provide typical yellow fruit notes. Caramel sweetness grows, getting somewhat dominant, after warming. Alcohol is well-controlled.
Not as much of the juicy, fresh hop character seen in the nose comes through in the flavor. It gets rather citric and bitter quickly, with a then abrupt transition in to sticky, sweet caramel and pale maltiness. IBUs collect on the palate and though the brisk carbonation tries to cut things, it only marginally succeeds. It becomes too simple in the end (sticky sweet base malt and citrus) with growing alcohol warmth and biting hop acids. Some floral notes can be glimpsed but are mainly drowned out. Still, the aroma starts out very nicely and while the texture is a bit sticky and the beer too sweet ultimately, it isnt thin, washed out and predictable, as is the norm here. Look at me, I’m the high rater of a Harpoon product ;)
Like muzzlehatch, I really didn’t expect much from this Frankenbeer but I was in for a surprise... Apricot and peach aromas are subdued and an herbal hop note emerges as it warms. Opaque, milky-tan coloured body is swimming with yeast or proteins in suspension and topped by a low, white, fine bubbled head that lasts well. Hop bitterness is fairly pronounced along with some grainy, cereal malt character and subdued notes of American hops (citrus, pine). Overall impression is quite sweet. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sampled on tap at the Extreme Beer Fest 2006. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Sample at EBF 2006. This is the special beer brewed for the fest and...well, read the description yourself. I must admit I went in thinking that this would be a disaster, the ol’ "too many cooks in the kitchen" scenario; though it didn’t end up as anything great, I will grant that my fears were largely unfounded. In the sample glass, it’s totally opaque gold with a lasting bit of snowy head....the aroma is nonexistant at first, but syrupy peaches and apricots and a touch of pie spicing show up as it warms....sweet, mild malty body, somewhat syrupy, with light dry hops throughout....does have somewhat the "throw everything at it" character as it warms, becomes fairly bitter with citrus, fresh pine and charred hardwood hints...fruity sweetness more or less dominates. Too sweet, too messy, but somewhat interesting...we’ll see if it makes a reappearance.