by Jason McLaughlin | October 1, 2009 6:48 pm
Pours a very attractive golden copper color, and is brilliantly clear. Large creamy white head has a rocky and frothy-like texture. Good dense lacing is left clinging to the glass.
An inviting toasty malt aroma peaks through first with a delicate toffee note. Hop aroma is moderate, and shows off a mairrage a floral and spicy character. Very clean and complex aroma.
A toasty and ligtly sweet malt flavor is again a standout, and balances with a round soft bitterness. A floral hop flavor with just a touch of spice shines, but is not harsh or overbaring. Finish is dry and has a light lingering bitterness. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation feel.
Refreshing is an understatement. No flavors are overpowering, yet there is a wonderfully complex balance of toasty malts and floral hops. It is great to find an American brewed lager with character. A very well rounded and well crafted beer.
Total Score: 42/50
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