TheAlum (6265) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz draft at Jerome’s (Madison, WI). Pours a pale amber, golden notes, fairly good offwhite thick head that laces pretty well. Aromas are grapefruit hoppiness, florals, pale and caramel malts are lighter as slight mango, larger grapefruit, and good florals tend to dominate. Initial is medium bodied, caramel and biscuit malts immediately, grapefruit and mango compliment well with moderate but lighter than expected bitterness. Florals, good enough, with a bit of piney resin. A complete IPA that just lacks flavor strength overall. Pretty good. Cheers!
beerwolf77 (42) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my pint glass this beer is a light gold color. almost light enough to be yellow. Moderate head that leaves little bits of sticky lace around my glass. The aroma is hoppy but not bitter. A bit sweet with piney and orange peel tones. The flavor is grapefruit and pine with a nice sweet malt backbone. This beer has a nice bite but not so much that you pucker up. It just sort of goes over the taste buds nice and smooth. Medium body very crisp and refreshing. A great beer to sit back and enjoy all night.
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap and from the bottle at the brewpub. This stuff is amazing! Nice grassy hops with that wonderful fresh hop taste without being overly bitter. Great stuff.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and perfumy. Tastes of citrus, earthy, some resiny hints on the finish.
felsenpils (133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. I really appreciate what the brewers are trying to accomplish here, but for me, the pure taste of hop oil is not the way to go. If this is what you want, go out to a homebrew store and buy some hop oil and dump a few drops into your favorite brew. Very one sided beer, lacking complexity.
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Skyview! Murky copper color with a large head. Very lovely hop and citric aroma. A bit of wet grain and mustiness. The taste is a very muddled grain, light honey and some bitterness. A little stale, but I think that’s my fault, not the brewers.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Joey Bench Press. Pours an amber orange body with a yellow head. Obvious degregation of the hop character soap y with some lighter pine, citrus and paper character. Eh i hate spoiled hops.
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
half a bottle courtesy of my older brother, He is finally steppin up to the micros. Pouered a hazy golden color with a frosty fluffy head. Smells pretty good, pine hops and rich grapefruit nose. Taste is a bit mild and not so fresh, maybean older bottle. Tasty and diffrent, really thought this was a IPA.
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Woodman’s in Madison. Pours clear golden with white head. Aroma is very hoppy for a pale ale. Hops with citrus and some caramel malt. Flavor is crisp with cascade hops, citrus, and a little caramel. Quite hoppy for an American Pale Ale which I really like. Could have passed for an IPA in my opinion. Good stuff.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World. Somewhat hazy, pale gold colored pour with a quickly dissipating head of fizzy white. Awesome Cascade hop aroma, very fresh and light with a wonderful floral grapefruit character. Hints of light caramel sweetness as well. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish. The malt character is quite dry with a crackery, almost chalky quality. This is a rare exception for me in that I think a little bit more body might help alleviate the perceived thinness of the malt body. I might even go so far as to suggest adding more caramel malt to the bill. The hops, while amazing in their aromatic qualities, are also a little bit weak on the palate. More bitterness is desired to help cover up some of the grainy malt character. Pleasing hop flavor, but really misses the hop bitterness up front and in the finish. Ah, ha! Reading the commercial description, I see this is exactly what they were going for. That’s nice and all, but not what I want. Still, overall it’s an enjoyable, refreshing, sessionable ale free of any unforgivable flaws.