MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line :
Floral, orangey hop timidity is enveloped in silky honeyed malts before leafy hop bitterness finds a way onto the palate.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-There is barely a ring of foam to decorate the misty pale amber.
-For a Harvest Ale, this is very low on the aromatic hops. Homegrown Cascades, eh? Hard to tell.
-Carbonation is very low, which is increases drinkability in this case.
-Not a bad brew at all, mind you, but with so many world-class brews being offered in Vermont these days, it will take more brightness in the flavor department to make VPub a return visit.
On tap at the brewpub.
Bulk_Carrier (5914) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass at the brewpub, the appearance was a soft looking dark bronzed burnt orange to amber color with a sly film of a white little cap of a head. No lace.
The aroma takes on some light citrusy to spicy hops. Undertones of sweet crisp malt.
The flavor balances between aromatic crisp spicy hops and the citrusy hops. Malts, once again, play underneath. Slight toast with some clean grassiness. No aftertaste. Quick sweet hoppy finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Crisp sweet maltiness cleanly rides along my tongue fairly nicely.
Overall, is this an ESB or an APA? Or some weird AIPA? Perhaps a joke on the consumer? Who knows what this beer really wants to be. I have no clue, but it is good for what it is. If anything, nice creativity.
Fred82 (2277) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint shared two ways.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head.
Aroma : Citrusy with light spicy hops. Some malt.
Taste : Malty with spicy hops, light citrusy notes. Finish spicy with light herbal and grassy notes. Light honey on finish as well.
Overall : A bit of a weird beer. The name suggest a beer packed with hops but it’s described as a bitter. Interesting take on the style but it ends up being a rather bad example of a hybrid style where the combination ends up being worse than what each individual style could have been.