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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.

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3.4
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Deep amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of biscuity/bready malt with a hint of caramel. Flavor is of caramel malt and a spicy assertive bitterness, finishing bitter and dry.

3.9
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
From notes: on tap at City Tavern. The best one I had here with forward hops on the nose, with a big alcohol warmth. Lots of everything in the flavor, very enjoyable even though it was a warm day.

4
cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Complex aroma: hoppy, malty, and very pleasant. Flavour, lots of bitterness, very rich. An agreeable fruitiness emerges from time to time. Foamy. Generally an intense beer. You can taste the alcohol, maybe it’s a little bit much but it’s not really that bad--this beer certainly has flavour to compensate.

3.2
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2005
(bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Hazy orange with a small white head. Dry aroma of honey, grassy hops, herbs, oranges and caramel. Clean and a bit dry grassy flavour, hints of oranges and honey. Clean mouthfeel. Medium dry hoppy finish of grass.

3.7
TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled
Hazy nut brown, very small brownish head. A bit alcoholic, malty, barley aromas, quite intensive nose. Medium to full bodied. Liquerish palate, quite alcoholic with late hoppy bitterness.

3.7
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized white head. Strong sweet apricot in aroma along with citrus and a sting of alcohol. Smooth fruity and flowery flavour. Some hops too.

3.9
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
([email protected] Twist) Dark, hazy golden color with a small but tight head. Wineous, tannic, slightly alcoholic aroma with flowery hops, fruit and soap. Scotch-aley, sweetish and fruity flavor with some yeastiness. Long, dry and bitter-woody aftertaste. Quite full-bodied, vineous palate with low carbonation. A nice English-style strong ale with added hops.

2.8
omhper (25956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottled. Hazy golden, rich head. Perfumy honey aroma. Very sweet with soft, spritzy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with well structured malt profile. Peachy hops provide a bitter, salty finish. Honey however dominates the beer, and the sweetness gets a bit much, despite the efforts of the hops and malt.

3.4
Nuffield (4247) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Interesting concept--and as it happens, right now I’m reading a short biography of Jefferson, "Thomas Jefferson: Author of America," by Christopher Hitchens. It pours a vibrant amber/copper with a decent, moderately loose head, though that dies away soon enough. My biggest impression of this was of an English-made bitter, the only variance from that being more alcohol than a bitter. Malt front, with some suggestion of a cider, lots of caramel, and a little bit metallic (but nowhere as bad as I’ve seen). Sweet up front but moments of hoppy dryness, a little bit grassy in the finish. Good palate after a bit--there were moments I thought it was thin, but in the end the oily quality dominated it and the alcohol provided some sharp relief as well. Drinkable, for sure, though not the most wondrous of flavors; warming. I’d be happy to drink this on a winter day in the pub.

3.6
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a significant amount of fizzy carbonation, 1" thick frothy head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is fruity with a distinct granny smith apple scent, some buscuit malt in the background. The fizziness of this one just doesn’t quit, leading to a very bubbly appearance at the bottom of the head with a really creamy top to it. Body is rather thin and fizzy at first, with a oily finish. Flavor is very malty with a very sharp bitterness at the back of the throat. Alcohol comes out in the finish as a distinct warming sensation fills my throat. I can literally feel the alcohol on my breath after exhaling after a big gulp. Overall, I think that this beer is just missing something in the hops realm. I just rated Arrogant Bastard this week and this one doesn’t stack up as far as an "American Strong" goes. The historical perspective is interesting though, and for that I feel like this is worth a try.


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