maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle. Enchanting pale copper. Uneven eggshell fluff melts, leaving swags of sticky lace. Chewy caramel malt nose shares the stage with marigold, lemon zest, and perppermint hop aromas. Perhaps some pear-y, crabapple, and bubblegum wrapper esters... Bass yeast? Barley mash flavor features a sharp/tart quinine and mineral edge, along with a phosphoric hop twang. Full ,buttery body, plus pinpoint bubbles, tingly like steel wool. Dry and clean grassy aftertaste. A simple yet well-crafted and refreshing quaffer... closer to a best bitter than an amber. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
At the brewery today they had this initial test run of this new beer called "House Ale." The recipe is still being tweaked to get the amount of hop finish that they want it to have but in the future it will be replacing the ESB as one of Weyerbacher’s standard year-round beers that will be part of the variety packs etcetera. This beer is the same recipe from the Lager they did previously http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/392/25775 but Dan was not satisfied with it. After some other tweaking and deciding to run the recipe with an Ale yeast; this is pretty close to the final product. I look forward in anticipation. Weyerbacher never fails to deliver. Review of the current status is as follows:
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with nice 2 finger beige head and medium lacing.
Smell: Yeast and breadiness lead with malt and hints of fruits to follow.
Taste: Very simple. The complexity may improve as they finalize the recipe (at which time I’ll edit as needed) but for now it is a light body with light flavors, clearly made for built to be an easy drinking beer. Bready with yeast flavors throughout and toasted malts. The finish is very dry and a bit astringent with a lingering yeast aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: a bit on the thin side but still a nice feel in the mouth.
Drinkability: I should have picked up a few more of these. This is certainly a sessionable brew. Well done Weyerbacher!
Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Definitely an amber after the first sip with some malty dominance and some fruity flavors underneath. It could be a bit more balanced. I like it better than the ESB which isn’t a flavorful. Hopefully this one will evolve like hops infusion did.
Rerate: this one is growing on me and the malty dominance is a plus. I like that malty twinge in the aftertase which reminds me of UK brews except with a fuller body. The carbonation factor is a plus. melvin980 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2007
I enjoyed this. I don’t know why the rating are low. It has a low abv (4.5) but i thought it was a nice Brown ale (didn’t taste or seem like an amber ale). jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 draft at the brewery. as phatz says this is still being tweaked but it is available in bottles now. Very hoppy and decently balanced but not as balanced as they want it to be. Pretty good beer. One with potential.
alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Clear copper color with no head. Gostly white lacing around the rim of the glass. Sweet malty aroma with some hops. Taste is caramel malts with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad. Not their best. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Poured a clear golden amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee and sweet malt. Notes of black tea. The flavor was sweet with caramel malt. Lively mouthfeel. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
12oz bottle (thanks to TY5592) poured a nice clear amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma was nothing special with mostly caramel malt. The taste was smooth with a nice malty flavor, but no hops to back it. Overall a good starting beer. raymow (1875) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Another good beer from Weyerbacher (do they make a bad one?). At 1st, I was going to give this very high marks but then as the bottle progressed, I felt it needed a little sweetness to balance the metallic/hoppy flavor. Great color, not much aroma. Overall, pretty good but could be great with a little hint of sweetness. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Amber pour with thin head. Aroma of malts, caramel, and apple. Flavor was sweet malts, mild fruit and a surprising amount of hops to give it a bitter finish. I thought it got better as I drank more of it.