hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 Oz. Bottle poured a dark amber with a light tan head. Aroma was mostly of caramel and perhaps some fruit. Taste is sweet, maybe a bit to sweet; mostly caramel and malts a bit of hops. Light bodied.
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light orange malt aroma. Amber with nice light tan head. Lightly sweet orange-caramel malt and very lightly bitter orange peel flavor. Medium body. Solid and unique APA.
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Middletown. Poured a good looking rusty orange/brown body with an average to a touch smaller frothy light beige head. Aroma is more malt forward with old caramel, nutts and brown bread, perhaps a touch of old rotting orange slices. The body is medium with assertive carbonation that forces the body to finsh full and almost creamy but the carbonation doesn’t die down at all so I really wouldn’t call the finish creamy. Flavor has a very slight hint of pennies, along with old wet toast, wet nutt shells, caramel wax paper and a touch of citrus towrds the end.
jtclockwork (8391) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by John. Dark brown with off white head. Nose and taste of barley, dried earth, oats, cocoa and orange rind. Very grainy/earthy. Lighter bodied.
EithCubes (4885) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Citrusy nose with caramel and heavy toffee, light dough but picking up some unusual chocolate overtones. Dark amber pour with a rocky beige head. Taste moderately dry, some hay and cookie with toasted grains, pleasantly malty but that under a thin blanket of bitterness and harsh carbonation, though the latter isn’t terribly significant. Good citrus profile but I want more from the hops. Touch of booze toward the back, aftertaste is a little stale, and the full body is too strong for an APA - we might better class this with the IPAs. Enjoyed it well enough!
Beerathon (1159) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is an intriguing beer. It has a beautiful orange hue and creamy 1-finger head with slight lacing. The malts come through as sweet and the hops are earthy. Not really what I expected to taste for a Pale Ale, almost like an amber/red. I liked it though.
guzzler67 (1501) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a small tan head and little lacing. Subtle caramel malt aroma with a hint of ripe fruit in the background. Taste is molassas, caramel malts and dark fruit followed by spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish. Would agree to disagree about the style it is listed under.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle into a narrow pint glass to drink. The beer had a copper color with a slight dark amber hue and a large foamy off-white head that had very good retention and average lacing, but very little cling. Its aroma featured a strong caramel malt component blended with some citrus hops, and lighter touches of honey, lemon, and straw. The taste had a sweet and sour caramel malt flavor with only the lightest grainy bitterness. Its body was fairly airy with lower carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel without much life or thickness.
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-- Really like the aluminum bottle. Very well done. Poured an opaque golden brown. Short lived sand colored head that went quickly to film. Just a little bit of retention with a few swirls. Lots of very small carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.
S-- Lots of Carmel in the smell. Biscuit with spicy floral hops. Carmel really stands out well in this.
T-- Burnt carmel, sweet carmel. Good amount of malt to this and touches of hops. Seems like an ESB to me.
M-- Sweet with touches of bitterness. Front is sweet with the burnt carmel and back is floral bitter hops. Reminds me more of an ESB or a US take on it. Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 8/6/12
Aroma: The nose is kinda weak with some light caramel, toffee, fruity hints, and a little earthy hops
Appearance: Pours a caramel-amber color with a 2 inch foam of beige head and heavy lace-work
Flavor: The flavor of this one is somewhat malty, kind of sweet, a little bit soapy, and some light hops
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a bit on the sticky side, and it ends softly with a somewhat dull finish
I didn’t find much to love here. This beer just feels a bit dull, and for an APA there is a clear lack of hops. If you call this something else, maybe I could go a touch higher on the score, (not much, but a touch) but as an APA, it’s a below average example for me.