Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and orange notes as well as some toffee. The flavor is made up of bitter oranges, pine, toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
maekchu (1459) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Alameda Brewing Co. Funky and fresh aroma. Light copper with a tan head. Tangy, bright caramel and pine balance right away . Pleasant bittering in mid and final. Thin-medium body. Pretty good. Has more flavor than (and somewhat different flavors from) most pale ales.
johnbuck100 (209) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught from Portland - pours dark brown - very heavy, very malty, very hoppy . Too malty and heavy for my taste.
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thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(22oz bomber thanks to Mora2000) clear amber, lasting fine white bubbles. Nose is very bitter, greens, table sugar, pine, could strip the wax off the bottle. Taste of pine, alcohol, very bitter, sugary, sweet and bitter finish, a bit much of all flavors.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like acetone and feet. Some hops snuck in the back too. Taste is far better, bringing the pale ale hoppiness pretty nicely actually. Good body; clean finish.
Squizzle (90) - Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I grew up right off of this street so no matter what my opinion of the nuances of this beer Iíll drink it happily.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, caramel orange pour. toffee, caramel colored pour. caramel malt heavy aroma, peanut shells, orange notes. big caramel malt flavor, malt dominated. medium bitterness,. OK
stantheman (485) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Riverís Reach in New Westminster. Color is a medium amber-orange. A big fill on a 20 oz glass, so no nose to speak of. Decently hoppy, with a bit of malt noticeable, but Iím not in love with this beer, as it has a very long and lingering sour-bitter aftertaste. Meh.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 3/7/13. Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesnít fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesnít look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head.
S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. Itís heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well.
T: By gawd, smakawhat wasnít kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, thereís even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I donít know at all. Iíll give it some credit - it drinks like itís bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like itís bigger than 5%.
M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. Itís a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - itís too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesnít fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didnít get in the way of the flavor profile.
O: Not sure how itís called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just donít expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.
daniele (4466) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrata discreta schiuma buona persistenza leggero agrumato note maltate floreale abbastanza bilanciata amaro medio leggera radice discreto corpo buona beva