IndianaRed (4544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle Pours a hazy pale orange amber witha small fine fizzy head. This settles out quickly and the aroma is a malty and hoppy combo. Quite a bit of citrus, grapefruit notes in the hop side. Flavors are grassy and of light grains. A strong bitter edge but not typical hop type. Must be the rye malts. Almost a tame IPA. Refreshing, slightly bitter and a bit dry. Not bad. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Sliightly hazy amber body, white head. Primarily hoppy aroma, not much sweetness. I get orange/lemon citrus and rubarb leaves out of it. I’m still looking for the "big malt background" the commercial description talks about. There’s a basic pale malt backbone but any of its sweetness is overshadowed by the rye malt dryness. Layered on top of that are bitter grassy then citrus hops. Dry, hoppy finish. This beer is about what I expected, noticable rye malt with American hops. Nice! GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
scent is a faint hoppy aroma, pours a fairly attractive golden amber, taste is slight malt with a fairly healthy hop presence, almost an evergreen sort of flavor. Only real rye attribute is kind of a dryness to it RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
I love rye. This one has a nice rye bite, but could use a little more. Very nice hop aroma and taste. Better on draft than in the bottle. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange body with a fluffy, big-bubbled, quickly-diminishing head. Big citric nose of orange and grapefruit, freshly baked bread, whole grains, melted caramel, light pine resin, slightly tart wheat (or rye) and a bit of floral/herbal element. The body is full and almost chewy without being filling. The flavor is excellent and quite satisfying. The hops give an excellent citrus fruit flavor that sits atop a fine layer of slightly sweet malt. The drinkability is subperb and the flavor is delightful. This is something I could drink regularly if it were available. An excellent example!
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
On tap/In bottles: Pours a dark golden color with a suprising full head. a PA with a mild hoppy taste, very well blended beer with a great finish. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Nice pale ale - bready malts, hints of fruit, woody bitterness with a bite of rye. Floral hop aroma - not real strong, but pleasant. Jacob sent me one bottle - I could drink this all day long! DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with marinaro500, thanks Joe!) Mmm, very tasty! And nicely balanced too. Sweet and bready, but also moderately bitter with some modest grapefruit hoppiness showing presence in the finish. Also in the finish is a touch of spiciness hitting the back of the tongue. As this beer warms, some mild orange citrus starts coming out. Medium bodied, but leaning a bit toward the full bodied side. Good, solid mouthfeel, full, long lasting, but also cleaning up a bit in the finish from the hops. The nose is bready and mildly sweet, with some hoppiness in there somewhere. Dark golden color and a bit hazy. Hardly a pfft when the cap was popped, and so it’s not surprising that the head was very small during the pour, quickly settling to a sheen. It’s also not surprising that the carbonation levels on the palate were pretty low. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle: Hazed amber hue with small but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of rye, carmel, biscuit, aromatic and grassy hops, and a touch of pear. The taste starts fruity and bitter with a nice dose of rye for a kick. It’s reasonable and smooth, very refreshing. Biscuity and toasty balance too. The feel is lively and never boring. A yummy brew and a surprising. I liked it! Thanks Jacob for the bottle. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
this was damn good! this one was one of the first i had of the day, as well as one of the best. orange in color, with a nice hop kick to the smell as well as the taste. malty as well and very well balanced. this was a good beer. very good. sampled at brewgrass 04 on draught.