kramer (6313) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, from brewery. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow gold body with a nice fizzy white head that left some light delicate lacing. The nose is nicely hoppy with some light tropical fruits, pale malts, and a light touch of yeast. The flavor is surprisingly hoppy and crisp with some juicy lightly citrusy notes. The finish leaves a touch of light yeastiness, lingering pale malt, and some floral notes. The body is light to medium with a nice crispness, especially for an Ale. Great pinpoint lively carbonation enhances the hop bitterness. Overall, this was pretty fantastic, I was not expecting so much out of this one.
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Growler. Thanks sweetheart! Spicy hop aroma, with a pinch of phenolic yeast, and lots of lemon. Pours a hazy peach and golden, with a clean white head, well-carbonated. Flavors are fresh and bubbly, with prickly alcohol, bright, bitter hops, and a wave of apricot and peach flavors. Delicious and balanced. Otto’s seems to have worked out some of it’s previous problems with overly sticky, hot, and unpleasant belgian styles. This one is fresh, bitter, and delicious. To me, a Belgian IPA. Afterword: later in the evening, I realized that this likely is Demi-Tripel D, a Belgian Slab Cabin IPA, if you will.
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, floral spice, hopcitrus, some yeasty notes, apricotty fruit. Tastes complex, with a crisp hops, some bitterness, and spicy florals. Slab Cabin is a favorite of mine, and a Belgian Slab Cabin describes this one well.