WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Draft at Cambridge, a pizza restaurant in Harard Square. Great dark copper color with a small head that vanishes fast, leaving a lot of lacing. Malt, floral hops, toffee sweetiness, adequate bitterness, with a sour bitter finish. Bitter hoppy malty nose. Creamy palate but somehow too thin to be perfect. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Tap at some restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts. Drinkable, but a bit boring. Some light floral earthy hops. Some definite butterscotch, caramel, with some grainy/bready malts. Drinkable, but unexciting. Dimitri99 (63) - USA - JUL 1, 2005
The first one I had hit me with its bitterness. You can taste the hops and it has kind of a "roasted" flavor. First bottle, I wasn’t such a fan. Since then, I’ve had a couple more, and it’s enjoyable. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2005
On tap. Very clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but not real strong. It is smooth and drinkable, but certainly nothing special. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
I found this rating in my phone as an "unsent text message" - I must’ve been drunk one night and typed it to myself, then forgot about it. No idea when, where, or how I drank this. Crisp, a little bit effervescent. Golden-copper color. Fresh with some mild and pleasant hop notes. Drinkable but not challenging or complex.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
A strong, bitter ale with a stout-like bent. Not that great--it’s bitter and stout and i wasn’t that impressed. if you like bitters, drink it. If not, stay away. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2004
2004 bottle at Parrish Cafe in Boston. Pours a light brown with some light auburn tinges. Medium yellow/white head. Aroma of soft soily hops and barley. Filtered color. Flavor is hoppy but not overly acidic. Hints of dry barley, light caramel and toffee notes with plenty of grainy texture. For a session pale, this stuff is dynamite. Flavor is crisp, flavorful and has no major flaws. Palate shows a medium body, light wateriness, with a good soft carbonation. DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Some what pine aroma with hints of DMS. Very faint nose. Transparent copper with a off-white head that is quickly dissipating. Start is very carbonated with a noticeable bitter hop presence. Very chewy and grainy finish. I can see why some people like this beer, but I’m not a huge fan of it. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2004
Tap. Bright copper color, minimal white head. Pleasant aroma with some hops and honey. Somewhat thin body, some chewy English style malts, bread, very grainy, sweet and decent finish. Easy to drink, good overall. Aurelius (5379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
Diacetyl, phenol ale aroma. Nice ale coloring. Lots of the diacetyl rancid butter in the flavor profile. Sturdy mouth. Interesting in some regards (Shipyard does a nice English-style New England brew,) but lackluster in others. I assumed that this was a local fave, based on the flavour and the ability to elbow out better brews from the local pub menu.