swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
BCTC 2011, copper pour, with huge fluffy head. Substantial hop presence, tangerine peel. Sharpe bitterness, decent flavor, not too much signifying anything Belgian. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2011
A dark brown pour with reddish tints gives way to a small beige head. The nose holds cooked vegetables, acetone, ethanol, and hints of citrus hop. Very 1 dimensional with it’s only dimension being awful. The flavor holds oversweet toffee, caramel, burnt bread, vodka, and rotten fruit. Cloying palate with a sticky finish. Wretched. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Batch 2-pours a retaining foamy light tan head and amber color. Aroma is yeast, light malt-bready, slight spice. Taste is yeast, light malt-bready, slilght spice, muddled. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Pretty cloudy mahogany pour with a good looking head. Aroma holds plum, apricot, and spice that mixes with a bit of citrus hop and yeast. Flavor starts with more dried plum, raisin, and molasses, then moves to a nice pine and grass hop profile at the finish, with good lingering bitterness. Palate is medium to full bodied with that nice combo of sweetness and bitterness. Still, not quite enough complexity in either the fruity or the hoppy character. Good though, and drinkable. hopscotch (11170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle… Cloudy dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Tropical and fuzzy fruits are the aroma’s main components. Medium-bodied and creamy with dancing carbonation. The flavor is quite bitter. Lots of fuzzy fruit essence, but seemingly no residual sweetness. Short, bitter, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of dosbeerigos!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
22oz bottle, batch two, bottled Feb 2011, listed as 7.0% ABV.
This ones comes out of the bottle and leaves an enormous white head on top of a hazy amber golden body. Great delicate lacing.
Aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast but with plenty of earthy hops and citrus, pineapples and oranges for sure. There is also a good bit of other sweet fruits, candied pears and apricots come to mind.
Taste is very hoppy up front with a bitter lemon zest kick with oranges and pine resin. The sweetness is less pronounced than in the nose and there is a heavy bitter astringency at carries throughout the flavor and lingers in the finish. It’s almost metallic in the aftertaste, which detracts a bit from the flavor.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with the metallic bitterness the main drawback.
This is one of the better White Birch beers I’ve had and if not for the aftertaste, it would be a great beer.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Hop flavors mixed with floral notes and some Belgian yeasts, liking the cascade and Columbus hops porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 25, 2011
(22 oz. bottle from Bootleggers) Hazy orange/amber with off-white head. Aroma of spice with yeast, caramel, lilies. Taste is kind of boozy and spicey, on the sweet side and with a hoppy bitter bite in finish, with some pepperiness in the finish as well. jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger at the epic White Birch tasting. Pours amber. Big white head. Nose of alcohol, bready malts, spice and barley. Taste is bread soaked in alcohol and barley. oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Light in aroma. Medium in body and flavor. Terrible looking stuff. Bad balance and finish. Not a very pleasant beer.