Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2014
THOUGHTS: Delightful and interesting. A truly innovative beer. Not exactly my cup of tea, but it was great to see a little innovation in style.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/11/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very light amber with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma contained light pale malt and light-colored bread; and heavy resin hops; moderate pine and citrus hops; light passion fruit hops; and slight melon. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was pale malt, cracker, white bread, resinous hops, tropical hops, pine hops, citrus hos, passion fruit and slight melon hops. The light to medium body was slightly water with very fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish. gschrade (1094) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste citrus, pine, sweet. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ARH (1137) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The initial aroma has a berry muffin quality to it, but then turns to bright, sweet citrus, floral, and candy, with touches of grass and bubblegum underneath. Near the middle to end of the drink a honey aroma starts to creep in with a notable herbal / pine character. It pours a clear honey-gold / orange-yellow color with a rocky, creamy yellow-ish frothy head. The head is uneven, unstable, and contains various bubble sizes. It retains quite a bit of puffy head throughout the drink and leaves behind quite a bit of frothy lace. The taste is a medium/medium-light bitter with a medium sweetness. The creamy, syrupy texture has an abundant soft, creamy carbonation to match. The medium body contains juicy, stone fruits with citrus and bread and it finishes with pine and burnt toast. It?s pretty clean and refreshing with a light, but noticeable aftertaste that turns from pine and burnt toast to a bubblegum-like, sticky quality. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-16-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- Pours a nice copper-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head is rather thick, slowly fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma s quite hoppy in nature. It consists largely of a citrus and some pine hop. There is a sweet aroma mixed with these hop aromas as well. Some tropical fruit notes of mango and tangerine as well as a very light caramel smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light pine and some sweeter tangerine, melon, and mango. As the flavor advances the pine hp flavors lessen in nature while a citrus hop flavor begins dominating the hop taste. While the grapefruit hop gets stronger, the sweeter flavors dwindle some more. In the end a lightly sweetened and actually rather hoppy malt flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite nice for hop and bready flavors as well as the sweet flavors being accentuated well as well by the creamy body.
Overall- A very nice drinking and hoppy brew. Quite tasty and delicious.
Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
It’s like an IPA but not. It tastes like a Boston Lager with west coast hops. It’s really drinkable and very refreshing. Very citrus forward but with a clean lager finish. I haven’t really been interested in IPL’s before but saw this and figured I’d give it a try. Not bad at all!
Bork (455) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2014 Pleasant hoppy bitterness with some grapefruit that is leaning on too light and clean a base to come to its right. Relatively low abv and easy drinking. ZacM612 (750) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Clear pale amber with white lacing head. Aroma of hops and bread. Flavor is more like IPA, but a little smoother. Okay. sinfull (1774) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Decent beer. Golden/orange color , mid sized white head. Aroma of grain , tropical fruits and pine. Sweet malty taste with hoppy , bitter finish. McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
From a 6-pack of SA hoppy beers. For me, this shows why IP is better followed by A than L. The citrus/pine hops are there (mostly flavor, not bitterness) against a clean lager body. I think it needs an ale backbone. Not that it is really sweet, but it has an almost cloying citrus aspect to it. Or maybe I’m just used to German or Saaz hops in my lagers. Not the nest of both worlds, or of either world. arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Draft. A nice hoppy lager. Nose is nice sweet yeast and hops. Good sweetness and bitterness is the flavor. Interesting.