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Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
Milky hazen bronzed peach. Densely fought light beige cap of medium stature is raised from an average pour. Whimsical lacing in droppingly curtainous strings. Keeps a slight skim and collar as its consumed.

Simple, delicate, balanced, and playful aroma of moderate caramel candy chews and highly sweetened pine-sided hops with a squeeze of lemon splashed orange marmalade. Oily hop heat emerges as it warms with a tinting of cinnamon leaves and peach pits.

Flavors mirror the wonderful display in the aroma nearly perfectly. Very nice renditions of fresh, soft, chewy caramel with sliverings of orange tingles upfront. Middle finishes the caramel with more of darker toffee roast, cinnamon sugared doughnuts, and slightly burnt citric hops of peach, orange, and pineapple. Finishes with a medium and moderate leveled bitterness of pine sap with creepings of toasted orange and grapefruit juices. Mixes lightly with left over caramel thats been a bit abused with a rougher edged, almost torn or scorchyness to its profile. Partial light drying takes on a small leafyness in the hops. But it stays well balanced with more of a toasted/scorched finish of both the caramel and the citrusy stuff and the bitterness. I tend to taste a lean towards the caramel throughout its character though.

Feel is super clean and well balanced in a light to creamy medium body. Hoppyness is actually low ended, yet active enough for some attention, as is the heat and the bitterness. But the flavors are sweet and fun with a fascinatingly smooth absorbtion. Goes down very, very easily. Slippery and quenching. The 9% is hardly evident. A reminscent clone to a Stone brew with a tad lighter body. Good stuff and slides down with amazing ease.

Served In: Goblet