felsenpils (144) - 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 (4681) - 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 thatís 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 (1963) - 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 (2217) - 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 Woodmanís 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 Rileyís 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. Thatís nice and all, but not what I want. Still, overall itís an enjoyable, refreshing, sessionable ale free of any unforgivable flaws.
bmanbeck (1) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Cascade hop aroma. The first taste exploded with hop flavor. I could really tell it was one type of hop. Subsequent tastes were more mellow. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.
Lothore (601) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.
S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.
T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know itís not too deScriptive but itís very homebrewesque.
M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks man! Pours a light orange and hazy color with medium to long lasting creamy white head. Smell is earthy and grassy hops with light sweetness in the background. Taste is fairly balanced with a bit of a dry dusty, maltiness and the earthy hops show in the flavor as well. Some light, citrus notes in the flavor but more grassy and earthy than anything with a medium lived lightly bitter finish. Medium body and medium to bubbly mouthfeel. A very solid pale ale.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.
Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.
The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs Iíve had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.
The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.
This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role.