neepsntatties (1287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Colour... amber with no head. Nose...grapefruity hops. Palate... citrusy hops up front, lingering hop bite on the sides, moderately bitter and a medium finish.
Zymurgeist2 (1203) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep sunset orange with haze. Large white head of large bubbles. Very carbonated. Aromas of citrus and orange blossom. Slight spring meadow. Nice chewy mouthfeel with yeast present and dry. Strong bitterness throughout the beer.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
slight fruity aroma. Pours cloudy orange-copper, thin head. Light hops, some astringence. Bland but drinkable.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent session pale ale. Definitely made in more of an English tradition, this is very malt forward, with the hops folowing ever so slightly in the background with some toffee flavors and a buttery herbal hop note in the finish. Exciting enough on the palate to not be boring, but not assertive enough to completely be a palate killer. Extremely drinkable.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 OZ bobmer via Hagen. Pours a copper with reddish highlights, and an average off white head. Nose is pleasant toasty and and mild floral hops. Taste is toasted malts, straw, herbal/earthy hops. More of a malt profile than a hop, but pretty balanced as the hops to kick in in the aftertaste a bit. Body is light/medium, carbonation just right. A bit watery. A nice easy to drink backyard summer beer.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a frothy head. clear on first pour with a sediment cloud on the second. Sweet caramel apple aroma. Very fruity flavor, juicy citric flavor, and building sweetness develops as it warms. This is a real nice pale ale.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark extra gold color. Nice tan head. Spicy hopy nose. Attack has a bit too much malt. Clean crisp finish.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours amber with a two finger thick head. Amber in color. Aroma and flavor are similiar, caramel malts, floral notes, and citrus. Reminds me more of an amber than APA, as the malt mostly dominates the flavor. Dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer, just a bit plain. Very easy to drink.
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
stchloe (807) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good head on it, and a nice sweet malty body with a decent hop profile. If not for the price a fine beer to waste a summer day with.