ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.
Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.
Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.
Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it’s certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.
This is one terrible beer. OK, now to the rating. Dark copper, no head at all. Aroma is metallic, taste is a hodge-podge of sweet, sour, bitter, more metallic, and absolutely flat body- i.e., no carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking sweet iced tea that you get at McDonald’s. How disappointing given how much I like the Brown Ale. A 6-pack drain pour- arrgh! Steer clear of this one. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark penny copper colored brew with a quick dissipating off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, some grassy hops and a touch of biscuit. Taste is light to medium bodied, toasted caramel malt with some biscuit character and very light grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with some vegetable notes, then a crisp and clean cut aftertaste with minimal bitterness. This beer style is closer to a light English Pale Ale than an IPA. adavis234 (289) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Thin, off white head. Flavor is a bit skunky with earthy, grassy hop taste. Another in a growing line of seasonal disappointments from Newcastle. They should just stick with what they know. Drake (14109) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Sample at the 2011 Fall NOVA Beerfest, 10/22/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral and minty hops with a fruity finish. The taste is earthy, floral and fruity notes with a caramel malt finish. Medium bodied.