HighWine (955) - 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 (4740) - 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.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours golden with a big off white head. Aroma is lemony, floral hops. Flavor is bitter citrusy hops, grass, and some light malty notes.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great off the pour, displaying a bright golden/copper color with a big chunky white head. The smell is quite mediocre. Lots of pale malt, verging on stale bread, a bit grassy with a pinch of lemon. The flavor is light tasting; pale malt, biscuit flavor carries well under a moderate amount of hops. There is lemony sweet fruit tartness to it, catching bits of melon as well. Anchor used a rare variety of hops from New Zealand called Nelson Sauvin, which are intended to produce a white wine fruitiness. On a pale ale scale of fruity sweet to piney bitter, this leans toward the fruit side. Without sounding like a salesman for a cheap mass produced lager, this beer is excellently crisp, clean, and refreshing. A session beer for sure, a solid well crafted beer, but nothing to brag about.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, toast, grapefruit, and grass. Flavor shows the same with additional citrus and possible a strawberry. Overall body is moderate, lightly sweet, and finishes moderately bitter.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour with a sudsy white head. Pale malt, grapefruit and yeasty esthers in the aroma. Flavor lends towards grapefruit bitterness, light bready notes and caramel malt. Not bad.
dnstone (2350) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a nice lacey, sudsy white head. Light sweet white wine aroma. A light citrus, slightly hoppy aroma.
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a honey gold color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of bitter hops, lemon herbs, honey and a touch of grapefruit. Taste of bitter hops, light grapefruit, lemon herbs, malt and a hint of honey. Refreshing session brew.
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Gold color. Mildly floral hop aroma sprinkled with malts. Well-balanced hop to malt ratio for a APA. Some APA’s are hoppier, but this is actually a pleasant beer to drink on a cool summer’s night in Santa Cruz camping in my 77 VW bus. It has a great feel, quite creamy. Not bad.
brokensail (12508) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a finger’s worth of soapy white head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles.
S: The nose is bready and toasty with floral and slightly herbaceous hop aromas. A bit of a citrus note too, mostly oranges. There’s also some sort of off aroma at the back end, kind of like moldy bread.
T: The flavor is better than the aroma, thankfully, but still a bit off. Slightly sweet malt and citrus with a decent bitterness. There are floral hops and some grassiness, too.
M: The body is medium with a very lively carbonation that picks the tongue. A lingering bitterness to this beer, too.
D: The nose was just off-putting and the flavor wasn’t good enough to really off-set that problem. Too bad, because I usually like Anchor’s offerings.