JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Amber pour, off-white head. Caramel malt, piney bitterness, bread, citrusy hops, and light sweetness. Good beer, but nothing to seek out.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is amber in color, like you would expect, with an almost khaki colored head.
S: The nose is very grassy and herbaceous. I can’t quite pick up on the individual herb notes, but they’re certainly there. There’s some mild malt character to it as well.
T: A nice bitterness to the beer, which is a good start, mostly in terms of piney hops. There are the same grass notes as the nose had, but the herbal character is sort of "cut" by a decent floral note. Some toasted bread maltiness and a moderate sweetness.
M: The body and carbonation and both medium.
D: Nothing terribly noteworthy about this beer, but at least it didn’t just flat out suck.