BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
As much as Iíve enjoyed some other North Coast products, Iím really disappointed with this one.
Appearance was a clear, dull amber. Aroma was lightly sweet and hoppy. Taste was weak and thin. Mouthfeel was similarly thin and not good. Iím not too impressed with this beer.
cheap (4894) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bocktown. Looks like a ubiquitous pale yellow American lager. The aroma is nothing special but it is beery with just a hint of sweetness. A little hoppy on the first impact but this pale ale is certainly very mild. I am not a hop lover so when I get a taste of hops I cringe, however, the mildness of this brew really surprises me. I find it very acceptable! Medium carbonation. The finish is not offensive yet it does impart the qualities of hop flavors without the bitter bite. Very acceptable for an American pale ale. A style not normally appreciated by this ratebeerianís taste buds. The best American pale ale Iíve tasted so far out of about a dozen.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not really a Pale Ale. Is it? Reminded me of a really beefed up Bud Light. No really. It brought back some old memories. Very slick texture. Probably a decent kraft beer starter for someone.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured a hazy honey color with an off white head. Aroma is puke, grass, floral hops, and lemon. Flavor is a thin lemon, grass, and has vomit notes. Body is thin/medium.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
North Coast struck gold with Old Rasputin, but their pale ale doesnít fare quite so well. Nice pale yellow pumpkin orange colour and a muted grassy smell. Taste is a bit underwhelming...slight malty caramel tones with a bitterness that just sort of sits there and doesnít really fit into the scheme of things. The finish is too soapy for me to enjoy. There are some balance issues here.
Drake (11442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Total Wine on Broad Street in Richmond. Clear orange pour with a two-finger head. Malty aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is slightly tart and grassy. Medium body.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
North Coast makes Rasputin and this? I am surprised. At this price point I would expect a better beer. Very little aroma and not much hop character for a pale ale - sort of blah.
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours crisp amber with gold around the edges, 1 finger creamy beige head, and agressive carbontion bubbles are apparent. Aroma is carmel malt, light citrus hops, flora hops and a slightly earthy backbone. Flavor is grapefruit, caramel, bicuity malt, and a nice fruity crisp melon note. FInish is slightly bitter with an unsweetened pink grapefruit tang at the end. While all of this is well and good, the problem is the beer is just too damn weak, it really tastes like 50% really good pale ale and 50% tonic water. Probably would be great to stock at a summer BBQ or camping trip.
Block (1920) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange pour with a large white head. Light aroma, some citrus and pale malts. Flavor is sweet consisting of mainly malts, yeast, some citrus. Pretty ordinary.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear orange-amber color with a splotchy, cream colored head. The foam breaks apart into cloud-like clumps on the surface. A sudsy wash dries to the glass in skinny, jagged rings. The nose is not offensive, but it completely lacks excitement, showing primarily honey sweetened cereal grains and faint floral hops. Flavors are equally uninspired, sort of stale and grainy with a round honey sweetness. The floral hop notes lend little bitterness, barely noticeable if weíre being perfectly honest. Light bodied and lightly syrupy, the palate resembles sugar water more than anything else. Totally forgettable.