kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade w/ 1FastSTi. Pours a cloudy brown with minimal head. Mostly fruity nose, a little earthy, with maybe a hint of oxidation. Flavor is mostly fruity as well. Malt plays the stronger role but fairly well balanced. Some oxidation comes thru in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thin with moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty bland overall, rather muddled flavor profile, but in its defense this may not be the freshest of samples. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
12oz bottle.BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Hazy, sediment-rich dark reddish brown with thin tan head. Dry grain and slight sour grass aroma. Dry grain dominates the flavor with some dried fruit, sour grain, and mild hop bitter. Medium body and a surprisingly sticky palate. Interesting, drinkable beer that leaves me wondering what direction they were aiming for -- English brown, perhaps?
Dark brown in color with hints of red in light. Sweet, roasty malt brew that is easy-drinking and fairly mild. Slight hop presence but again, mild. Not the most complex beer out there, but good nonetheless. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
picked this one up on my way home from Minn. a few weeks ago. probably should have cracked this open before the NG Smoked Rye Bock and not after. oh well, this is a dark brown with a medium caramel aroma & flavor. there’s nothing over the top here, it would make for a good session type beer. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with footbalm, thanks Eric!) While Native Ale has a pretty solid aroma of dark, caramely malts and molasses, it smells very sugary sweet as well, and I’d rather that the sugary component were less obvious. Malty sweet I like, but sugary sweet seems to cheapen the beer a little to me. The flavor is tasty enough, but it’s thin and rather uninteresting, and fades off the palate pretty quickly. Caramely and sugary sweet initially, the beer finishes with a mild flash of chocolate, toast, bread and smoke. Bitterness is actually held to a minimum, so there’s nothing really to counter the various characteristics of the malt, which along with the semi-watery and lightly carbonated mouthfeel is why this beer just comes off as boring. It’s easy to drink, but with the sweetness being unchecked by any hops, I don’t think it would be too easy to drink more than one bottle at a time. Dark ruddy brown body shows a bit of translucence, and is capped by a tall, light-tan head that unfortunately dissipates fairly rapidly down to a wide ring. Not a bad beer at all, but man, it just needs some pizzazz, something to relieve my palate from the boredom.
twindadplus2 (736) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Walnut brown with a small fizzy head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt and a bit of hops. Flavor is light roasted malt but really not as strong as the aroma leads you to believe. body feels a bit thin and the taste fades very quickly. Not a bad beer but could be better. juliejalapeno (16) - USA - SEP 4, 2005
very easy to drink. I don’t think there’s anything outstanding about this beer, but it’d be perfect for just kickin back with a 6 pack Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
S’okay. It looks like a cloudy Dr. Pepper,weak head and all. The aroma is a nice, spicy, roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Nice carbonation. The flavor is roasted and peppery, caramel with a bit of bitterness. The finish is oddly watery. S’okay alt.Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2005
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Dark cloudy brown, with a small layer of tan head. The bit that lingers leaves some nice lace. I’m digging the cloudy thing. Looks old fashioned and interesting. Deep carmel aroma, light sourness, a little sweat. Flavor is lightly toasty and sour. The weird thing about this beer is that it completely disappears when you swallow. It’s almost alarming--where did the taste go?! An abrupt finish can be charming on occation (i.e. for an authentic pilsner), but in this case, it makes for an out-of-whack beer. Palate is smooth and clean--to a fault. Water is smooth and clean. This has some potential, but falls short. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Pours a dark brown/copper color w/ a small tan head that had some lacing but dissapated very quickly. Aroma was sweet malt definate carmel, some raisens and bread but it all faded quickly w/ the head. The palate was fairly even bodied smooth but a bit thin. The flavor was a bit sweet malty had an odd dry hop flavor a touch grassy and some raisens and bitterness in the finish.