Here's how one reviewer on an internet beer site categorized this one:
"Pale gold liquid with high retentionable monolithic froth (2-finger). Pleasant hop aroma essentially overlays malt sensations. Bitter taste is moderate, low carbonation, major grain tones, decent additional bouquet. Calm pleasant mouthfeeling,"
I don't know about you but I call that damning with faint praise. The only thing that left a lasting impression on me was the sweet caramel notes in the flavour. And, frankly, after all was said and one, I found that a little disappointing because sweetness by itself just doesn't do it for me. When I'm drinking beer, I want to know that I'm drinking beer and, even at 6% alcohol/volume, it was easy to forget that this was beer. It just tasted sweet and sat heavy in my stomach.
I'm not alone in that impression. Here's what someone else had to say:
"A good looking beer. Pours a moderate head that settles to a heavy film that surrenders good lace. Crystal clear gold colour with lots of carbonation action. Classic appearance. Nice aroma where hops overlay the malt. No real hint of the slightly higher than normal alcohol content. Simple taste dominated by sweet malt to the point where it is almost too sweet. Finishes with slight hop bitterness, but the hops are not as present as you might figure from the aroma. Somewhat oily mouthfeel, but overall a fairly clean drinking beer. Decent enough, but doesn't blow me away."
That one sounded like a teacher's report card struggling to find the weasel words necessary to make criticism positive ... nice, somewhat, simple, slight, decent!
Well, I think you get the idea. I'll drink it if someone hands me one at a party but I won't be spending anymore of my own nickels on this particular brand.
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A Jamaican style lager
A lager by Hop City Brewery.