PhillyBeer2112 (2894) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2001
As I first poured it, I remarked that it was an impressive appearing beer. They call it a gold ale, and it sure is a bright golden color. It had an amazing rocky and firm head that rose up almost an inch above the rim of the glass without spilling over- completely held its shape and lasted the whole glass (although that didn't mean much as I loved this so much I downed it within a couple of minutes). The aroma was really complex and amazing. At first I noted a ton of hops: piney, citric, herbal and generally crisp - there's alot going on there. Next I picked up some almost chocolatey or caramelly notes. Taste was clean and crisp. Refreshing hop character, medium bitterness, smooth maltiness. Medium bodied and so easily drinkable it was gone before I knew it. There was even still a big creamy dollop of the foam left in the bottom of the glass. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 What a sad thing it is that I won’t be able to update this beer again as they have ceased production, not that its available here, but I did have a few kind people to take pity on me and sent me a few bottles now and then, a tear has been shed, hopefully this will be reversed.
The beer pours a beauteous clear gold, large and impressive white creamy head and some thick sheets of lace to seal off the glass. POW! hops right in the schnozzle, sweet malt under pinning, citrus crisp, a real treat, the start is sweet, the top is middling. Finish is “Big Time Hops, moderately acidic, dry and lightly bitter aftertaste, a damn good beer and one I hope to see again, as I’m sure the beer God’s won’t let us down.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2014
64 oz growler into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with thick sudsy white foam that clings forever. Looks like most hoppy NEBCO offerings. Nose is really unique and amazing. That typical English hop quality of grass, earth, and floral notes. Beyond that is a huge sweetness of caramel that ends in an almost zesty way, like a lemon or lime. Faint oak and vanilla to round it out. Really great. The flavor doesn’t quite match up though. English hops; floral and grassy with a moderate bitterness. Caramel malts and some wood on the finish, Smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied and creamy. A pretty unique offering that I wish wasn’t so rare. However it’s not NEBCO’s best. Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2000
honey colour, big creamy head, fresh, lemon and nutty aroma, nice acidity, some astringence, very dry aftertaste - don't shoot at me but this beer as some analogies with the great Orval. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Big thanks to woosterbill for this one. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice, deep golden color with a good white head. Nose brings some really strong earthy, herbal, and lightly-citric hops. Really, really nice. Taste is along the same lines with a bit of earthy and floral characteristics plus a good deal of pine and some slight citrus. This is a cacophony of hops without any one type really dominating. Slight bready notes. Great bitterness levels and a bit dry. I was not at all impressed with Sea Hag, but this showed me that when they try, NEBC can really bring the hop attack.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 10-29-2010
merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Floral, Mild Citrus, Mild Oakey
T: Floral, Citrus, Grainy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, very hoppy and grainy for ’american strong ale’...more like an IPA. Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2001
Dark tan; fruity-hoppy aroma with lots of spices (tumeric, black pepper, rosemary); woody bitterness, hop-spice flavours reminiscent of sandalwood and hop oil; long, lingering bitterness. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Rich and biscuity, toasty, rich grassy and herbal hops. Fantastic malt flavors and overly hopped Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Nebco crushing it per usual. Really nice noble hopped spicy ipa with floral, and grassy herbal hoppiness with a nice toasty and nutty malt background. Not your traditional IPA at all and thats why it rocks. bellco33 (845) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2017
On tap at the brewery: Pours golden with a foamy white head. Aroma of cereal malts, grass, herbal, light citrus. Taste more of the same, kind of a cross between a pils and an IPA. Very grassy, medium body, really tasty.