PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy yellow gold with large foaming creamy head, lasting the entire glass, leaving scattered clumpy lace. Aroma is clearly of hops, with notes of pine, orange rind and grapefruit. A buttercream aroma is almost noticeable. Flavor starts with a piney/resiny bite, a clean sweet malt shows up in the middle, with the finish featuring a resiny twang and lingering bitterness. Despite the prominence of hops, this does not masquerade as an IPA. All of the flavors are light, under-stated, and fairly well balanced (although the malt could be more pronounced). A very nice and drinkable APA. The back label mentions this as a popular choice at a real ale festival, and I can imagine this from the cask, and I want some. Frankly, if I had regular access to a cask pale ale of this caliber on a regular basis, I'd hardly drink anything else.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Sweet and very drinkable. Some notes of vanilla even with a nice hop presence. Very light and overall a quality session beer.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big flufy head on top of a pale golden body. Great powerful aroma, floral hops with citrus accents. Flavor is alot less potent than the aroma leads on. Nice hop flavors but, with a slightly watery backbone. Palate is smooth and refreshing, almost thirst quenching.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep blonde with a HUGE fluffy head (God I love bottle conditioning). I think I smelled the cascades before I opened the bottle. More than anythimg I taste lots of grapefruit from start to finish, a result of American hops (Columbus, and cascades?). A very fine west coast style pale if not a bit one-dimensional.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pale color, light head and a little lacing. Aroma is very malty with a toasty, biscuity aroma with a spicy end. The flavor is lightly hoppy and actually very delicious. A balanced pale ale with lots of flavors, I'd love to try this on cask. Somewhere between lightly hopped and moderately hopped is where this one falls with great ease, so much balance. Delicious! Thanks Eyedrinkale!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with a small head dissapating quickly. Some spotty lacing. Citrus hops and malt in the nose. Grapefruit maybe. Malt starts out the flavor going quickly to bitter hops and finishes out in more of a mellow hoppiness. Light bodied and a tangy hop filled palate. Not a bad APA at all.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus & tangy aroma. Bubly and gold in color. Nice lacing. Very drinkable.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clean with a great hop bouquet, a great simple apa with a musty hop finish and some dry malt.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Good bottle conditioned ale with a smooth, white head. Light yellow pilsner color. Citrus and pine subtle flavors.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A well carbonated brew. It is slightly hazy, but clears up once it warms up a bit more. The color is golden with copper notes, and an off white thick wispy head. There are aromas of grassy hoppiness, from the aroma I get the sense that this is a dry beer. As I take my first sip a sharp hoppy bite hits the front of my tongue. An acidity from the carbonation follows through to the finish of this beer. As the aroma suggested, this beer is well attenuated & dry. This beer is about the hop, though not your typical American-Cascade type focus. A general combination fruitiness from the hops and the yeast/malt is quite evident as well. This is a very good beer, almost perfect at this instance in time.