radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint, 6 oz bottle. Poured a reddish color, virtually no head, fizzles away. Aroma is malts, bready. Flavor is sweet caramel, malts, initial taste is a bit bitter, but mellows as consumed. I was impressed with this one.
machfive55 (355) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery...all the beers I tried here were not bad, the problem is that they are just not world class. They are certainly brewing for a local audience and that is fine. This beer was again, just a good solid, easy drinking beer. Nothing off the rocker crazy.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Barely a pale ale. Seemed a bit British. Not that close to style. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad beer, but it is nowhere near an American Pale Ale — British, maybe. But I honestly think of it as being a not so hot version of their wonderful amber ale. They really need to show a little more diversity or get a better recipe for this one, at least. I really loved the amber and had high hopes for this one. Hopefully they right their ship soon, because with beers this far off style and of only decent quality, they’re gonna disappoint a lot of people and make some not want to try their next offering. There were some funky yeast things going on too when it warmed up quite a bit. It didn’t make it interesting. In this beer it was kind of off putting.
TECHNICAL: Aluminum bottle. Poured a medium to dark, flat, reddish amber with a small, very creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy toasted and caramel malts; lighter grain; hints of chocolate; earthy hops; and moderate earthy and funky yeast. The initial flavor was rather sweet, slightly acidic and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was very sweet and lightly to moderately bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, nutty malt, earthy hops, hints of citrus hops, metallic hops, a little sour funk hidden underneath everything. A bit musty, really. The light to medium body was a bit watery, but really quite oily and then dry with soft to nearly flat carbonation and a dry, metallic and lightly astringent finish.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle... Red in color, no head? Sweet bread, malty aroma. Taste is sugary sweet...apple cider, maybe some caramel. Pretty boring. Texture wise its oily...not flat but needs some carbonation. Overall considering I paid 6 bucks for this its pretty bad. Got to agree with bert on this one, Pale Ale??? Maybe an amber ale.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours damn near flat, thin whispy head,some large bubbles and some stringy lace just clinging for life. Bright amber almost brown color. Pale ale? Nose of caramel malts and not much else. Light bodied, lifeless. Medium sweet malts, caramelly, lightly bready, sorta nutty. Lightly sweet finish, nutty malty. Nice package, not so nice beer especially @ $6.50 a can bottle. You guys have any QC/RD? This is not a pale Ale. Gotta be a mistake. More of an Amber to me. Meh.