ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/15/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear copper-amber color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring typical texturing given the style. There’s a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.
S: Quite hoppy, yet in a subdued manner. The one hop strain I notice predominantly is the mango-like, slightly catty nature of Simcoe - but this also has the grapefruit peel of Cascade and the earth/lemon of Centennial. No real maltiness to be found, but who cares? I’m quite intrigued.
T: Just like the aroma, this has a noticeable influence from the hops. At first, the melon and mango flavors from Simcoe hops comes through. After a couple of sips, flavors of lemon, earth, pine, and grapefruit peel make an appearance. Slightly sweet maltiness finishes off the flavor profile. I also notice a bit of diacetyl, as well. It’s definitely a showcase for the hops, and while they don’t come across particularly boldly, they never come across as overpowering.
M: A bit heavy in texture, enough to quash drinkability somewhat. If I have any problem with this brew, it’s that it isn’t as easy to down as it could be. After a while, the malts win out in terms of palate feel, making it a touch syrupy; on the other hand, there is some good dryness in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is about right for a lager.
O: If I rated to style, this would be around a 4.5 or so - I don’t know if there’s a better pale lager out there (and obviously I haven’t had anything from Jack’s Abby, either). In terms of personal preference, it does a good job of showing off the hop profile, but it’s niggles keep it from reaching greatness.
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2013
pours clear and golden. aroma is soapy, citrusy hops and grain. flavor is hoppy upfront - mostly citrus with a bit of pine - and a touch of somewhat sweet fruits. has a dry, flat, lager-like finish. smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Grassy aroma with some biscuit malts. Bitter grapefruit and grassy flavor with some lightly toasted malts. Medium body with lively carbonation. A nice, easy drinking and refreshing beer. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Purchased as part of the Samuel Adams 2013 "Spring Thaw" variety twelve pack - This is an interesting, full bodied amber lager, with a citruslike hoppiness and a serious malty body! I like it! MarkSachon (1054) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
12 oz bottle from the Spring Thaw sampler case. Very pleasing with a freshness all about. No bite from hop excess or associated bitterness. A vague creaminess throughout.
Tmoney99 (14963) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear pale color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus, grain and fruit aroma. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Well worth having. tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
pours amber gold with finger of yellow off white froth. Aroma of grapefruit, hay, apricot. Medium bodied, with a smooth, corn lager like finish. Classic samual adams malts prominent. Flavor is modestly bitter, grapefruit rind, balanced with soft caramel and hay. Pretty good, nice drinkable lager with character. devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Pours clear pale yellow with nice head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit. Taste is smooth with a slight bitter finish, sesion beer. Nice KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
12oz Bottle. The pour was a crystal clear light orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that diminished slowly, down to a few large puddles and large collar with good sticky lacing.
The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and pine hops and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a touch of tropical fruit.
The taste was nice and hoppy right off the bat with a slight floral taste and a touch of citrus and caramel early on, and then had a light bitter citrus peel presence take over along with a bold pine hop presence and had a light fruity ending. The flavor hung around for an average duration after the swallow, with a decent hoppy fruity taste left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation.
Overall this was an exceptionally smooth and easy to drink brew, with a nice hoppy beginning and a mild fruitiness at the end...
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Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Some nice orange peel and floral hop notes. Hints of grapefruit, a light pine aroma, and sweet bready malt. There’s a good citrus quality of grapefruit and orange to the flavor. Light pine, some bread, floral hops, and a touch of grass. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.