5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle pours caramel, large frothy off-white head, copious amounts of carbonation and light lacing. Aroma is somewhat spicy & citrusy, noticable rye and hops. Up front its quite spicy, with a nice unsweetened citrus bite. Finishes crisp and clean, with rye and a slight hop bitterness. This was rather good. Wonderful body and good mouthfeel, I can dig it! Thanks goes out to 123456green for the trade! snowtiger (107) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Distinctive orange/amber color with biege head. Must be bottle conditioned because I got floaties. The aroma is of floral hops and spicy malt, probably from the rye. The flavor has spicy malt and pleasanty bitter hops, very well balanced. A good example of a rye pale ale. Both the rye and the hops are noticeable. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Cloudy copper body with big beige head. Aroma is mild sweet, sharp rye, grapefruit, mint. Taste is mild sweet, rye, grapefruit. Finish is rye. Soft mouthfeel with a light-medium body. rajendra82 (1092) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2004
The beer arrived in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with an elegant looking label depicting a full moon rising over the old Blanco County courthouse in Texas. At least that’s what it claims. The beer poured deep orange in color (which seems to be typical for all the rye beers I’ve sampled so far) with a lively effervescent carbonation that formed a 2 inch tall head crowning outside the glass. The head died down quicker than a death row inmate in the Lone Star State. There was a good bit of lace completing the pretty picture. The aroma was malty with a faint note of grassiness. The taste was heavily leaning on the malts with an onrush of caramel, apricots, and honey. The hops were present too with notes of pine, spruce, grapefruit, and pepper. The beer is a has an indecisive mouthfeel that waivers between dry, sticky, and creamy. Very sessionable beer that can be downed in great quantities quite quickly based on the speed at which my single bottle disappeared. Many thanks go to 123456green for yest another quality selection. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2004
I had this on cask at the Texas Brewcrafter’s Festival in Austin. Looks great. Nice foamy head...not too big or too small...just right. Smells like a mixture of chocolate and beef boulion, which sounds awful but was appetizing. Tastes muc the same. Almost like an IPA if the malts weren’t so predominate, however very refreshingly bitter. Nice undertone of carbonation...all natural on cask, very satisfying. Good body, strange flavor and hoppy. Altogether not an awful brew. Check it out.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
draught. Nose is fruity. Notes of grape, currants, and straw come through. Finish is slightly bitter. This would make a good sesion beer. Not bad. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2004
Fresh hop nose with a hint of apricots, orangy amber color, foamy head - dissappating quickly. Substantial malt base - cookie-like flavor with citrusy tones. Bad paper-like aftertaste following the bitter finish. Full mouth feel. Thanks, fly! 123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 Very good texas beer. Great rich malts and just the right amount of hops to balance this above avg., beer. Finish is very smooth. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Orange colored, liveley carbonation. Nearly no head. Great furity, apricot nose. Malte tones too. First medium hoppy kick, than kind of weak hops and apricot taste. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Hazy dark golden appearence, fresh spring-like nose. Very drinkable and balanced, has a somewhat bitter finish. I don't know if I taste the rye, maybe it's just adding to the malt backbone. Nice session ale (if I had more!) Thanks to fly.