heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle. Medium gold brew with a bright white head. The nose has dough, citrus and a little bit of potatoes. A decent nose. Flavors of orange rinds meld with almonds and caramel. There is a sweet finish with some hint of hay. A decent APA with just a hint of buttery goodness. ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. burg326 (5613) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Enjoy By: Jul 2013.
Appearance: Pours a medium yellow body with a light, airy, tall, snow white head. Sticky wisps of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Just a gentle whisper of maltiness, as lightly bready as can be with equally modest notes of spice and lemon.
Taste: Lightly bready, mild-mannered pale malts with just a touch of imparted sweetness. Lightly spicy, peppered hops hinting just a bit little of lemony citrus and an altogether soft bitterness, though it’s amply bitter to rebound the sweetness. Drying, faintly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit lighter and more sprightly on the tongue than most.
Overall: A particularly pale pale ale, feeling more blonde-ish to me, though I liked it for a simple, easy-going brew that kind of grows on you.
12 ounce bottle pohrs a light golde pale yellow with aromas of frain and ligbt fruit. Flavors are the same a basic beer with a homebrew thpe of feel. Light grain and some light sour fruit. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Raw grainy, grassy aroma. Yellow lager like appearance. Sharp, hard bitter taste, more so than expected although not specifically hoppy. Crisp and rough feeling is how I’d describe the palate feel. Retro-modern beer that’s a cut above those mass market golden ales from Canada, without really encroaching on Koch’s contemporary standards. ACHops (1665) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours pale straw yellow with thin head that laces evenly and incredibly well. Aroma is not much - faint spice notes. Taste is light crystal malt followed by sharp grassy hops. Finishes clean but with lasting bitterness. I don’t think I’ve ever described a beer as grainy, as several other raters have for this, but I get it. Kinda coarse mouthfeel with corn notes. Not as refined or smooth as most current offerings, but clean and refreshing. This must have been a real revelation in its day. Bonus points for this being a cool homage to a true craft beer pioneer - great story behind this beer and kudos to Koch for taking it on.
PorterPounder (8313) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Light medium gold sparkling pour with a light soft white head. Aroma is a bit odd - slightly fishy, some grainy notes. Flavor has some white grape notes, a hint of yeast, some raisin like sweetness, just a hint of spice-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Interesting. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2013
12oz bottle: pours a clear pale golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some herbal, light citrus hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and effervescence with a touch of grainy malts and mild citrus and grassy hop flavor with good bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and drinkable. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Not sure of the history behind this brew but here goes.. Sweet malty nose. toffee and grains. Bready, toasted malt flavors. Light bodied and watery palate. Not much to this but it does have an easy drinking quality. johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is not what I expected. Lots of bready and pilsner malt with hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a touch of chalk. The flavor is bready pils and a sweet light sugar with a hint of grassy earthy citrus hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This was not at all what I expected it was going to be, it drinks more like a pilsner than an ale to me. I enjoyed this, it would make a great lawnmower or gateway beer. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Best before June 2013.
Appearance: This is one of the best looking pale ales I’ve ever seen. The head is a white thick mess with lots of lacing, the body is a crystal clear light amber with lots of carbonation in the body.
Aroma: The aroma is very clean with a light citrus hop profile and perhaps light floral notes. The aroma is a bit weak though.
Taste: Very nice balance here, some toasted malts with a very light citrus hop presence towards the finish with some floral notes. Like the aroma this tastes very clean, very refined.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, oily texture, with mild carbonation.
Overall: I paid $6.99 for a 6 pack of this, that’s a great price for this. This is a very crisp and clean beer that’s worth trying.