joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brilliant yellow with large white head, an attractive appearing brew. nose of herbal hops. firm bitterness, especially for the style, but a very pleasant herbal and floral hop flavor is very complex with a touch of low crystal sweetness. a ton of flavor in this brew to balance the firm hop bitterness. really nice, i enjoyed this greatly, a unique apa, that is so bitter and flavorful I thought it would be classified as an ipa
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Slightly hazed golden hue topped by an insane creamy head that never wants to die, of course all those bubbles produced great lacework upon the glass as well. The aroma has notes of pale wet grains, some lager like grassiness, winey, rindy and catty hop esters, with a hint of sweet tea. The taste is mildly bitter and quite fruity with a substantial herbal quality. The malts are just there to support the hops and adds little in the way of complexity. There is a slight medicinal and plastic character about the bone dry finish. While different enough to stand from the crowd, it lacks the backbone to actually make a difference. Not sure about the percentage use of the Nelson Sauvin hop (is it 100%?), but it need a better hop blend to round out the rough edges. Having home brewed with them, they are just to uniquely powerful to be left at their own vices.
weitz15 (379) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light amber pour, thin white head. If I were to think of an average, baseline pale ale, this would be pretty close to what I would imagine. Nothing here stands out, but all the qualities of a pale ale are there.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, amber brown color with dense white foam, aroma of malty caramel,
flavor of metallic hops and some floral notes, nice smooth finish
tastybeer (1572) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a white head. Flavor is very dry with hops and rice? Very unusual flavor but not too shabby.
Block (1178) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold pour thin white head. Sweet fruity aroma. A little spice. Some alcohol at the finish. Sweet throughout.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours a golden color with a slim white head. light fruit and citrus hop aroma... with layers of banana, grass, grape and orange. medium body with an earthy bitterness... lighter tropical fruit notes on the sides. smooth body overall with a nice bitter finish.
Tmoney99 (9974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured deep amber with a moderate frothy white head that lasted and had good lacing. Moderate earthy biscuit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Well balanced bittersweet flavor with an average bitter finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light golden pour with a foamy egg shell head. Head thins after a few minutes. Faint grain sweetness on the nose gives way to citrus hop oils. Very crisp and flavorful. Similar to the aroma the taste begins with smooth malt but then quickly bites with a long lasting bitterness. It’s even a little boosy which caught me by surprise considering how crisp it is. The alcohol warmth and big hop flavors boost the palate quite a bit. Overall a very nice beer and great on a hot day as well as a fall evening.
thornecb (4104) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold into a shaker. Tight bright white head with excellent retention tophats before cratering leaving sheet lacing. Pine and spruce aromas. Sharp bitter pine resin upfront with some caramel malt in the middle before returning to the sharp tongue-stripping grapefruit in back.