esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Clear copper with a thin tan head. Faint aroma with pale malts and mild fruit. Taste of light fruit, tannins, malt and a bit of viniousness. Minimal bitterness. Brigadier (3695) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
Sample number two was a beer that caught my eye at the festival. Due to time constraints (and the knowledge it was here) I never got around to getting a pour. I wish I would have snagged one as I was leaving. Light and refreshing it has a good balance of flavor that does not cling to the palate but doesn’t bore you either. This is one of those fallback safe beers that every brewpub should offer.
Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent coppery fluid swirls around the rim with a little ring of head. Mellow caramel chews and rosy hints brighten up the afternoon. Low key and easy on the senses it still has some backbone.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy hops begin the party with a bang. It’s not like an IPA but the noble hops liven up the tongue and throat. Butterscotch, caramel, and toffee make it well rounded. The finish leaves an impression that is good enough to remember. However it doesn’t fatigue the palate such that the remainder of the samples were not enjoyable either.
Draft at Vintage. Pours a deep reddish copper with a sticky head. Nose is soft English hops and caramel malt. Slight vegetal note as well. On taste, the vegetal notes distract from the pleasing balanced malt bill. Some toffee and fresh Goldings build a solid profile, but the vegetal notes are just too distracting. Meh. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
On tap at the brewpub - Pours deep amber with a nice off-white creamy head. Doughy and bready malt on the nose, with light spicy hops, light fruitiness, and a touch of lemon. Taste is light malt with faint sweetness and perfumy, floral hops on the finish. Pretty harsh carbonation when cold that never really stops attacking the mouth. Distracts a lot from the experience. This is decent, but I would have liked more malt presence, especially the caramel/toffee/biscuit notes from the description. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draft @ Vintage. This is a very solid beer. Lots of grassy citrus hops. Bready and malty. Overall, great!
cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Liitle head with very nice lacing. Clear, dark golden coloring. Smells like a dill pickle and pepper. Reminds me of a bloody mary in beer form. Tastes just like it smells. Very interesting!! rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2017
At Brewpub. Decent beer, would have liked to have seen more malt to balance the hops. Serving: Tap dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. Pour is amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows toffee covered biscuits as well as some nice floral hops. Flavor shows the same with an underlying grassy/herbal quality that’s not overbearing, but definately present. Overall body is light to moderate, crisp, and finishes with light bitterness. MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sample size at the brewpub. This is another that just isn’t my style. good enough, but I will always take something else. triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Clear gold with thin head. Light sweet malt aroma, my nose is stuffy though. Moderate malt flavor with good hop flavor, resin . Medium body, moderate bitterness. I’m not a ESB fan, so discount my rating. This is drinkable though.