WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color - orange/red. The aroma is great, too -- pretty huge for the flavor. I like the flavor but a you can't drink too mucha of it.
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange out of the bottle with a huge pink fluffy head. Smells like cassis soda pop. Highly carbonated and very light on the palate. Tastes like cotton candy with strawberry, currant and whipped cream flavors. Tasty but nothing exciting.
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque golden with medium white head. Aroma is blackberry, malty, light sweet -- very pleasant, not too fruity. Taste has even less blackberry, so little that it goes too far. Light body.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bit reddish with a pretty pink head. Nose is sour cassis. Quite fruity flavor at first, nice kick of tartness and cassis, but sort of dies at end. Are a few vaguely cookiesh malts. Good, but gave the promise of actually being great.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Props to the surprise guest, CapFlu, for this one. Cloudy reddish orange with some purple around the edges. The aroma is awesome, sweet and fruity, currants, and yeast. The flavor is a letdown after the wonderful aroma, sweet fruity currant but it falls flat about midway through. Body is dry and fizzy.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to John for the trade. Pink tangerine hue with a small white head and minimal lace. The aroma hints of melon, currents, and raspberry, hayfield, grassy hops, and earthy and dusty yeast esters. The taste is expected, tart and fruity with a grainy and wheat like undertone. Slightly woody and spicy nature upon the finish. The mouthfeel is lively and crisp with a dry tannic finish. What an enjoyable beer, not coy or sweet which makes it a classic match against chocolate desserts (like AOFoxxy's cake). Even better than the apple from last year, which I still liked.
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like Fruit Punch. Reddy-orange with a light head. Aroma of berries. Beautiful currant flavour, with a peppery dry finish. Very much like the other Ephemeres, nice and yeasty. Particularily good on tap.
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to CapFlu for bringing this! Clouded orange-blond with a fizzy white head. Aroma is steeped in fruit with black currants and berries being dominant. Like it's apple brother, the yeast and spice and malt that help make this up take a back seat to the fruitiness. Huge black currant and berry taste. Not too sweet, though. Very light and drinkable. Good beer!
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 A hazy light amber/peach/pink color with a thick but quickly diminishing white head - somewhat champagne like. Fruity aroma of strawberry, cassis (big surprise there), and other berries - blueberry, blackberry, raspberry etc. Light body with lively carbonation. Very light and refreshing. Slightly tart flavor of cassis and berry with yeasty hints throughout. It does become slightly medicinal as it warms. I could drink this for breakfast, like some people do with champagne. Big thanks to Rastacouere!
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 First bottle in 5 years. Somewhat disappointed. Beer seemed tired and lacking in the big tart fruit taste I remembered. Still had the big scent up front.
Jan 2004. Pop the cork and wave the bottle under your nose. Tart pure fruit aroma, that brings up images of a myriad of fruit creations. Thick white bubbly, quickly thinning head. Beer the colour of a tropical sunset (peach/orange/champagne). Overall surprising light refreshing flavour. Initial finish of light yeast and then long finish of tart black current. Need to put aside some of these for the summer. 8/4/7/4/16