kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
opaque dark amber, thin head, nice lace, big citrus hop aroma with a touch of sweetness, body is a bit thin at first but evens out, rich hop flavor, lots of bitterness,
Score: iii to ii+
picking up some toasted malt in the flavor, hop flavor is much more earthy than citrus this year, mostly dry with only a hint of carmel sweetness, still an ipa but no longer a west coast style ipa, nice bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy and citrusy hops bulge out of the well-fed caramel maltiness before a leafy hop bitterness efficiently seals this silky Pale Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the clear bronzed russet.
-The citrusy fruitiness even visits cranberry territory.
-Wooden notes also emerge from the hoppy nose.
-The overall result is balanced and quite drinkable.
-This is perhaps not boldly hoppy enough to be advertised as "West Coast" style.
On tap at the brewpub.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep copper with a frothy and nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma has lots of fresh piney hops and some sweet grainy crystal malt. Starts with a full, earthy malty palate with good bittering hop balance toward a crisp, dry hoppy finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
PorterPounder (6895) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This had just the right amount of hoppiness without being overbearing. Dark amber color, fresh, citrusy hoppy aroma. Sticky, eggshell white bubbly head. Goes down smooth - strong finish. Best of my visit to 5 Seasons.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the 5 seasons. A nice hoppy APA. Pours a deep copper with a thin lasting white head which leaves some nice streaking on the glass. Aroma is of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is hoppy but has a nice toasted and crystal malt character in the backgroung. Clean and nice bitter hoppy finish. Very smooth for a pale ale.
Cybercat (4635) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful reddish-brown with a thin but rich and persistent head. Aroma is hoppy. The strongly but not overwhelmingly hoppy flavor has caramel undertones. Smooth and lively, not too bitter.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on tap at the 5 for Sara’s BDay. Purpleish, amber color. Flavor of coffee malt. ton of hops. Cascade?? Perfect West Coast style IPA. This is the style I want to make.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark amber color with a hint of red and a thin off-white head. Aroma is moderately hoppy with a dirty or earthy nose. Some malt behind it. Mlat starts the flavor. Bitterness runs from start to finish. Malt flavor runs short. Long bitterness.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap; color was reddish for the style, but the lighting was not all that great. Aroma was not all that hoppy; mostly floral hops. Not much like a west coast IPA in the aroma, nor in the taste. Decently balanced, but I found it underhopped. Would have liked citrus notes to be more forthright. All in all, I am not sure that this compares at all to a real west coast version of the style.
aracauna (3399) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark dark, hints of ruby. Fruity aroma, big hops, but not harsh. Hops have a piney character but not quite sappy. Head was wispy remnant by the time I got it. Flavor is nicely malty and nicely hoppy. Reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but not as big in any of the aspects.