Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Draft at HopCat, Grand Rapids. Cloudy medium orange-brown body, thin ring of beige carbonation. Leafy, strong hoppy nose with notes of biscuit and toffee. Leafy, nutty body with light fruitiness and a bitter finish. Quite good. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Benton Harbor, MI). Pours a richer amber orange hue, good haziness, rich glow with some darkness in the body. A frothy whitish head atop laces as a small film, ok overall. Aromas are gentle citrus, orange and melon. Touches of grass, florals, and gentle orange fruit. Some bread, dough, gentle dryness. Initial is mellow soap growing, florals and grass, some citrus. Lemon, gumball, oranges. Richer soap assualt up front, the middle shows gentle fruit elements, gumball and oranges, some melon, kiss of tropical fruit. A bit sticky, losing that hop edge from the front. Some bread, dough, gentle dryness. Backend starts to offer soap, lemons, and grass. Gentle florals, some dry bready malts, straw, dry bitterness linger. Not a complex beer but a serviceable APA that lacks that hop edge bitter assertion I’d like. Ok. gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Sample at the Livery. Pours cloudy dark amber. Aroma is sweet but otherwise nondescript. Taste is equAlly mild to until the mid to late palate when the hops kick in. Very solid pale ale. Good brew for the style, which is not my favorite... crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
A pretty standard pale ale. Dk what it is a hybrid of but it is lightloy hoppy, average malt bill. But pleasant. Tmoney99 (15219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Draft sample at MBGWF 2011. Poured cloudy deep amber with a moderate frothy off-white head that lasted and had some lacing. Moderate hop citrus aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
Brigadier (3800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW (2011)
MrBunn (2868) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2012
The last pour of the afternoon was a mild session beer designed to help my palate recover from a long assault of sour and bourbon bombs. A well crafted pale ale it is nothing special. However it does refresh even a tired palate which means it is worth checking out. The hops do not pound the senses into submission but work over time to create a bitter texture on the tongue. In contrast to the high ABV releases this one I could sit and drink all day.
Sampler at the Livery. Body is a hazy amber with aromas of herbal hops. Flavor is a mildly caramelly hoppy ale. Hops are fairly medicinal and herbal and finish is bitter. Strykzone (7848) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Glass at the brewpub. Hay and mid brown. A thin head. The nose is caramel and soft pine and floral hops. The hops and malt balance pretty well but I wish the hops were bigger. They are kind of grasy and floral. Itbis not bad but not great. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Dark reddish amber. Small white head. Aroma of indistinct hops and light sugar. Maybe a touch of honey sweetness. Flavor is of small grain, soapy hops, mild burnt sugar and a hint of florals. User29624 (1687) - - MAY 28, 2012
Pours brown with a thin head. Aroma of floral hops and caramel. Decent flavor, okay beer.