eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, I admit it, Iím not the hop head and I donít need deep caramel under my APAís, just drinkability. This was great for that: refreshing and crisp (except for some light fruitiness). The pour was pale golden color with a nice initial head that laced ok. Aroma was citrus and light floral hops. The flavor was light base malts with some pine but definite grapefruits. Some light fruits / esters mixed in, highlighting the ale-ness of this thing, but I enjoyed it. Very light body, refreshing and drinkable.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, pale brass with an oily potato grease splotch for the head and bubbly rung around the tulipís edges. Consecutive pours yield a fluffy, white foam head. Aroma is a fandango - nectarines, grapefruit, mandarin, apricots, tropical toffee and C-hop goodness. Refreshing, sweet briskness comes in for the flavor. Crisp, with golden sweet potatoes in its wake. Gentle, smooth papaya, starfruit, sodagum and mute grapefruit rind. Mild bitter-sweetness, medium-bodied and A+ carbonation. Very well balanced with a nice citric caramel substance to fall back on. Finish revels in golden grains, slightly sugary wheat sentiments and calming, refreshing, mild clean hop flavor proclamations. Quite possibly the benchmark for pale ales. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Foolish Mortal for this one! The pour is hazy dark golden with a 2-finger, creamy white head. The aroma is pale malty, fruity, and hopcitric, with the fruits leading the way, including pears, apricots, and applesauce. The flavor is pale malty, very fruity, with some pears, apricots, honey, hops, and black pepper. Medium, very complex and smooth palate. This beer wonít knock your socks off in any particular category, but it adds up to a very good, refreshing, quaffable beer.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big ass rocky white head, sticky lace all over it, clear blonde color, a real eye catcher. Mild nose of medium sweet malts, light citrusy hops and some honey? Body is light/medium. A mostly malty brew, hmmmm. A light hoppy grassiness, some citrus also. Finish is fairly dry. An easy drinker. Thanks for the bomber Andy!
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tap sample at the brewery. Golden amber body, lotsa citrus and grapefruit here. A dangerously drinkable and flavorful APA. If I could find this at home, and find it for $3/22oz bottle, Iíd have to replace Arrogant Bastard.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Great pale ale. Big, lasting head. Hoppy aroma (more than just cascades), smooth, no aftertaste, and very easy drinking. A pleasure. I prefer this over the Stone any day.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber purchased from Tops Liquors in Tempe, AZ. First thing I notice is the enormous, fizzy white head. Takes forever for it to calm down. Aroma is kind of corny, grainy, with some mild earthy hoppiness and a bit of mild lemons. I must admit that this is less than quaffable. Mildly hazy pale golden color with the aforementioned huge white, frothy head. Bitter and earthy hopped start with lots of active bubbled carbonation present. The middle has a slight sweet toasted flavor with a bit more bitterness to finish. This is ok, and somewhat upsetting from a brewery like Alesmith. Overcarbonated.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, medium gold amber. Lasting thick creamy white head.
Slight hop aroma... some grassy lemons.
Grassy hop taste, with some light citrus and light malt to sweeten it. Some chocolate chip cookie base (no chips) sweetness.
Pretty good overall. Light, but balanced.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Bottle. Golden yellow pour with a thin white head. Light, fresh aroma of granny smith apple, white corn, clover, and freshy grassy hops. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel with a coppery malt tone thats a bit unexpected, yet still pleasing, following the gentle aroma. A light, sprucy hopping leaves me contently smacking my lips. Very tasty, refreshingly well balanced pale ale.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a pale color with a white head. Citrus aroma with a slight malt background. The flavor found light caramel hints with citrus and even some rose. Light to medium body with a light bitterness. Very easy going. Thanks to my bro (Vac) for sending this out for the Tennessee Tasting.