08' Low Gravity Pale Ale:
Appearance - Pours a very clear, honey-golden color with a huge lively head and a constant stream of bubbles. Chris remarks, "it looks good, I am assuming this is the head," pointing to the white foam rising from his glass. And I wonder why it takes him three years to drink the beer I give him!?
Aroma - We both agree on lemon, citrus, honey, grapefruit, and lemon-meringue pie.
Taste - I note hay, high bitterness, light lemon, and slight hoppiness. Chris thinks it tastes like "beer" and says the aftertaste is like "wall paper paste." I ask him to explain and he eventually says he tastes citrus fruit and comments that the beer is very bitter.
Mouthfeel - In an attempt to educate my friend a little more about tasting beer, I start a long talk about what must have been boring gibberish. For when I asked what he thought of the beer's mouthfeel, I get this response: "liquidy, thicker than water, tingly, and the bubbles get trapped in my fillings." Facepalm. Why do I even try...
Drinkability & Notes - We agree that while it looks great in the glass, it tastes merely 'ok.' Chris provides a fleeting moment of beer intelligence when he says it is too bitter and needs more sweetness. Aha, maybe he is learning something! Chris gives the beer a 4/10 and I gave it a 3/10.
2007/08 Mild :
Appearance – Dark, amberish, reddish, light coffee. Pencil head of foam. Yeasty.
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Taste – To our surprise it's not half bad. Chris thinks it tastes like coffee grounds and is soon lost in a nostalgic "Folger's Coffee" moment, sans jingle, thankfully. I note chocolate, roast, caramel, tart-fruitiness, and a bit of liquorice. No hops, not bitter, and slightly oxidized.
Mouthfeel – Thin, dry, and no malt sweetness.
Drinkability & Notes – Chris says it didn't taste half bad, though wouldn't drink another one. I was surprised he managed to finish his glass. We both gave this one a score of 3/10.