JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle purchased at Kroger Polaris. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty nose with grassy hops and some pine. Malty flavor with toffee character before a grassy hop finish. mikemccarthy (94) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours a clear, deep gold with a thick, frothy head that stays. Strongly floral aroma. Full but effervescent mouthfeel. Brutally hoppy flavor, as the description promised. Great representative of the style.
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Bottle to pint. Looks alright; dark for a pale ale though. Smells a little malty and unrefined. Tastes pretty good; definitely the beer’s best attribute. Sweet, caramel, and malt with some hops in there too. Average on the palate. Not bad. steelhead3686 (269) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Tasted this at the 2012 Brew Week in Athens, Ohio. Pours clear copper with a thick white head. Has a caramel and bread aroma. Medium sweetness with a hint of bitterness. Medium body with a nice creamy, frothy texture. Very interesting beer and very enjoyable.
michcam8 (585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle at Ohio Brew Week...orangish amber in color with little to no head. Aroma is mostly of carmel malts. Taste is of roasted malts, carmel, toffee, with a hoppy bit of bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of a barleywine. Descent brew. Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2012
pours a clear amber with a slightly off white head. Aroma- clean and bready yeast, no hops stick out. Flavor is malt heavy with a little hop bitterness that really balances out the flavor. This is a very well done pale ale with a nice clean fruity ester, not a very bitter ale, Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a fruity pale ale. The malts are sweet and chewy. Amber hue, not very clear. Dry finish. mrohia (283) - Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Great American Ball Park. Great taste, great balance. Could drink a case. At a Reds game, rain delayed, it tasted like a home run.
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Originally reviewed: 6/9/10. Grabbed a bottle of this at Wolf’s Premium Nuts and Wines in Findlay, OH. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark amber. Much darker than expected. A big frothy off-white head caps this off. Decent retention; leave some pretty sip rings and sticky lace. Scents of toasted caramel, sweet tea, and fresh toffee. Different.
The body on this crisp, but it’s a tad heavy. The flavor profile of this beer is much maltier than expected. Lots of caramel sweetness, some tea, and a little charring on the finish. Hop presence is surprisingly absent. Bitterness is moderate. This is odd. I guess I’m probably pushing the limits on the the freshness of this bottle (as spring-releases are probably released in the winter), so I could expect the hops to fade. But upon further inspection of other reviews, this seems to be the norm for this beer. I most likely wouldn’t chase this one down, but it still was an ok beer.