~ Third Tasting ~
August, 4th 2003
(1 Year, 6 months, 2 Days)
Click on a photo for Tasting Notes

Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
(photos taken during the 08.04.03 tasting session)




Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
A nice golden color with a slight haze
Aroma:
Wonderful citrus and herb aroma... pepper comes through.
Flavor:
Starting to blend nicely, still good bitterness and spice balanced with honeyish malt flavors. Lingering, dry spice finish - some alcohol notes with a touch of wheat
Palate:
A little flat but a very rich, full mouthfeel
Overall:
Balance and blend continues to improve!



Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
Yellowish, orange with a light haze (a little sediment in the bottle). I don't think the color has changed much over the 18 or so months.
Aroma:
A variety of smells come forth: apricot, peachy, perfumy sweet with a light spice. The "deliciousness" really comes through
Flavor:
Big wheat, spice (light pepper), and fruit (see above) character with lingering hop bitterness.
Palate:
Soft, light medium body with a low CO2 bite. Really drinkable too bad it was so limited.
Overall:
Super, as in super-duper!



Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
A dark golden, hazy color. Looks refreshing.
Aroma:
Wow. Wonderful. Plenty spicy (orange), but a little more "in the pocket" than previous tastings.
Flavor:
Hoppiness rushes in, but not too much... backs off quickly to a position of comfortable authority - there when you need it, but not over-stating its case.
Palate:
Low-ish carbonation. A little buttery-smoothness (NOT buttery flavor) mid palate. Tons of complex flavors.
Overall:
There seems to be unanimous all-around consensus that the beer is getting better and better.



Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
A golden, orange color only slightly hazy with a low head.
Aroma:
Spicy, fruit, and yeast characters come forward with a bit of clove; low hop aroma.
Flavor:
Spices and peppers with a good bitterness.
Palate:
Low carbonation – less than the previous sample. Bold body and full mouthfeel... very deceiving.
Overall:
Tempting on the nose... urging me to drink. Starting to taste fantastic, too bad I only have one left!



Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
A bright and clear golden straw color until the yeast sediment was added.
Aroma:
Intense aroma - spiciness, coriander, pepper and a hint of clove come out along with a nice yeast character as well.
Flavor:
Big initial taste that goes along with what you smell: spices! Great balance that continues to improve... wow.
Palate:
Not a tremendous amount of carbonation, but not lacking a "punch" - the amazing flavors take care of that.
Overall:
Evolving into a spectacular beer, possibly my all-time favorite from Lee and Steve... good job guys. And if anyone has extra bottles send them to me – now!