whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden body with mild carbonation and a uniform sudsy white head. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit, sweet tangerine, and a mild catty/nutty note. Semi-dry but decent lightly toasty malt backing. Piney, hoppy flavor leads and finishes with some firm bitterness. Very good session ale. Thanks to Erway, whose generosity knows no bounds.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I finally remembered to rate it this time. Grassy grapefruit nose w. some straw/toasted malt. Tea-like hops dominate with some brown sugar, a bit of grapefruit. Medium toasted malt.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
orange with a slight citruiy kick to it. On first impression it seems a tad belgian-isk. THe flavor was hoppy with just a hit of the malts i expect from an apa. a intresting beer but still not quite up to style
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark golden color with a Moderate fluffy light beige head. Simple malt and hops aromas. Pale, lightly toasted malt a with a green grass and lightly herbal hops. Quite sweet, with mild brown sugar. Floral sweet hops. To me, this tastes more like an amber, yet a hoppy one. The aroma does seem to grow on me. But the tastes are simple and sweet. Thanks Santa.
blankboy (7598) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. The last beer I sampled during a long tasting so my writing is sparse and not quite as legible as usual but here goes: Pours a clear amber with a small white head. A very nice aroma and flavour of hops and citrus -- very tasty! I liked it a lot. A great way to end the evening.
guzzler67 (1686) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a piney, somewhat resinous aroma. Smooth, light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Taste is a little flowery, mildly bitter, but not exceptionally hoppy. Dry, short lived finish.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sampler. Looks like a typical amber ale, with a quickly fading head atop a dark, clear amber body. Grassy hops great you as you pour the bottle, but it’s not over the top. A sweetish smell lingers in the background. Flavor is slightly bitter, but not too much, there’s some hops and caramel, I guess. But, nothing really extraordinary about it.
GregClow (3371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear reddish-gold colour with moderate white head. Inviting aroma of hops, orange zest & candy. Crisp mouthfeel, nice. Flavour is hoppy as expected, but well balanced by a good malt backbone. I’m reelly digging Southern Tier!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, a little hops to move the evening along! Thanks Harry! Strong citrusy hop aroma, orange citrusy appearance. Light mouthfeel. Lots of citrus (not grapefruit, more orange like) bitter taste yet balanced with some amber malt. A little bit of yeast as well. I’m not sure about extraordinary, but pretty damn good - a very solid brewery.
HogTownHarry (6566) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalev’s domicile - provided by me from my Premiere haul. Poured clear gold with an average white head and fair lacing. Aroma the usual hops & grapefruit blend, not too sharp, with some spruce and maybe orange peel in there. Taste - balanced! Very nice melange of hopes, citrus, some barley and a bit of evergreen resin for interest. A bit lively in the mouth, a decently long but not harshly bitter linger - some alcohol noticed in the finish. I’d drink this one again - and hope to.