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Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei - Dortmund, Germany
Aroma: Floral hops with a light malt
aroma that is very pleasing.
Appearance: Light to medium gold in
color with white foam. Very clear.
Flavor: Very good balance of malt
and hops. The water seems quite hard and mineral-like.
There is a slight hoppy, bitter finish that is pleasant. An
elegant, well balanced and delicious beer.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Chico, CA
Aroma: Coffee and dark chocolate
with herbal notes.
Appearance: Very black with a hint
of ruby red that shows through. Soft, moderate carbonation.
Flavor: Coffee, cocoa, dry
flavors. There is a dark grain bite that is tasty and a rich,
medium body. This is a well balanced ale that fits the style
Unibroue - Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Aroma: Beautiful aroma of honey,
light coriander, and sweet citrus fruits.
Appearance: Somewhat clear with a
white head. Light gold in color.
Flavor: Mild, balanced flavors of
citrus, wheat, coriander, and herbs. The finish is a bit tart
(good for style) and dry.
Anchor Brewing Company - San Francisco, CA
California Common Beer
Aroma: Sweet aromas of butterscotch,
toast, and light fruit.
Appearance: Perfect for style - dark
gold to light copper in color with good clarity.
Flavor: Woody hops provide good hop
bitterness. Malt provides a medium body. Fruity character
is mild. A pleasant, somewhat complex ale.
Rogue Ales - Newport, OR
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit peel, resiny
Appearance: Copper in color; clear with a
good stand of white foam.
Flavor: This is far too hoppy and resiny
for the style. Malt is delicious, but far in the background. This
is a remarkable beer that is very delicious - good citrus, woody hop
character in flavor and bitterness. Does not really fit into the
English ESB style, however.
Spaten-Brau - Munich, Germany
Aroma: Hint of sulfur with sweet malt
aromas and fruity undertones.
Appearance: Light gold in color; clear
with white head.
Flavor: A bit light in body, but very
clean. Malt is pleasant but should be a bit more full. A
bit dry for a Helles.
Abita Brewing Company - Abita Springs, LA
Aroma: Light caramel and toast with
a hint of herbal, celery salt aroma.
Appearance: Light amber and clear.
Flavor: Very drinkable, but a bit
mild in flavor. Refreshing, but a bit dry. Needs more
complex toasty German or Vienna malt character to be an outstanding
Grolsche Bierbrouwerij - Enschede, Netherlands
Northern German Altbier
Aroma: Malt, toast, slightly herbal with a
hint of skunk (light-struck). Slightly musky.
Appearance: Dark copper to light brown in
color with attractive white head.
Flavor: A bit two-dimensional and light in
flavor and body for style. Needs more complexity from German malt
and hops to be remarkable. Not assertively bitter - pleasant, but
a bit bland.
|Young's Special London Ale
Young and Company's Brewery - Wandsworth, UK
Bitter / English Pale Ale
Aroma: Fruit and citrus with notes
of cola and paper.
in color; clear with a good stand of white foam. Could be a bit
Flavor: Seems very fruity and
citrus-like - hints of American hops. This is a bit too hoppy and
fruity for the style. There should be more crystal / caramel malt
complexity. Malt character is too far in the background. A
very drinkable ale, however.
Harbor Real Ale
Atlantic Brewing Company - Bar Harbor, ME
Northern English Brown Ale
Aroma: Coffee and malt with a bit too much
roasted aroma for this style.
Appearance: Medium brown and clear.
Very attractive appearance.
Flavor: Bready and toasty with a slightly
dry finish. More nutty character would be nice. Tastes like bread
crust. A bit too thin in body. There is a slight caramel
note with hints of sherry in the background. Overall, an
Erdinger Weissbrau - Germany
Aroma: Malt and caramel with hints of
banana, clove, and fruit.
Appearance: Nice tan head and dark brown
color. This could be a bit too dark for the style.
Flavor: Not very complex for a
Dunkelweizen. The yeast flavors are very subtle here - should
have more clove, banana, spicy character and fermentation complexity.
Flying Dog Brewery - Denver, CO
India Pale Ale
Aroma: Musky, hoppy, citrusy. Like
pine bark with malt in the background.
Appearance: Medium gold to copper in color
and very clear. Medium carbonation is nice.
Flavor: Tea-like with notes of citrus,
tannin and grapefruit. Hop combination is strong, but a bit
astringent. Hops should be less medicinal and harsh - more smooth
hop intensity would be desirable. Hops are intense here, but not
very pleasant in flavor.