ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a yellow-orange body of good clarity and capped with sudsy, frothy, white head.
Smell: Humming presents a hoppy melange with notable notes smelling of dried lemon peel, herbs, white grapes, and a lone chunk of cantaloup, all backed by a rather modest underpinning of mild maltiness.
Taste: A light, lightly sweet taste of biscuit-hinting pale malts. Slightly grainy. A moderate bitterness slides in with flavors of lemon and bitter orange and dried field grasses, with an additional fruitiness and kiss of resins. Finishes dry and bitter with a developing citric tone lingering in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: With only a thin base of maltiness to launch itself off of, I was really expecting a more charming, effusive Nelson Sauvin. This, well, it’s okay, with a West Coast flair, but not as satisfying as hoped for.
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 12oz bottled July 21, 2010. Quite fresh. Label indicates 5.9% ABV. Pours very lightly hazy golden amber with a large very very foamy and fluffy white head that slowly recedes leaving nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, grass, some weed, spicy, bread, yeast, some pilsner quality going on with the malt. Good strength. Flavor is juicy citrus hops, spicy, some pine and grass, light sweet malt, nice bitterness on the finish for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, incredibly easy drinking, clean and refreshing. Wow, quite a surprise, very nice APA, perhaps even better than their excellent Liberty Ale but I’d have to do a side-by-side to say for sure. Regardless, this stands on its own as a perfect summer thirst-quencher. Very juicy, great bitterness, perfect "weight", invites sip after sip. Nice one, Anchor!
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. clear orange under a medium sized, fluffy white head. fresh tangerine and spicy hop aroma. light bodied and quite bitter. tangerine like hop flavor and a light malt profile create and simple and refreshing APA.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured pale gold with lasting white head. Light lacing. Pickle juice aroma, that doesn’t belong in a beer. Crisp malt flavour, almost like a good helles.Nice crisp finish all over the tongue. Not a bad beer once you get past that appalling finish.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with little or no head. Light hoppy aroma. Some citrus in the notes but not noticeable. Light bodied taste. Some hops, and a little orangeness to it as well. Nice and crisp. Good bite for a Pale Ale. For something this different for Anchor, I think they nailed it on the head. Great beer.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample after the brewery tour. Clear gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma is a bit along the English IPA line with some dank malt, but the hops are of the crisp American variety. Flavor is equally dank and sorta English with a fruity character and a crisp earthy hop finish.
AleDude (41) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale yellow with white head. Aroma of earthy hop. Hop bitter up front with nice finish.
cgarvieuk (12167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 tap at white horse london ... amber ... white head ... light lager hop nose ... soft tofeee hop ... light sweet malt ... decent enough... Bottle on the train to Manchester... Soft sweet toffee malt... Creamy not fir me nose... Sift toffee... Creamy caramel... Not hitting the spot 2.8
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught The Rake Borough Market. A golden coloured beer with a thick whitish head and lacing. A highly carbonated beer which is creamy, sweet and hoppy. Good fruity hops and a long chewy finish. Pretty decent. Reminded me of a hoppier far nicer version of Anchor Steam. I did not in any way pick up the Nelson Sauvin which is a shame.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the White Horse American Beer Festival, 2nd July 2010. Light gold with a white head. Citrus but vegetal nose. Great dry taste though, lots of Nelson Sauvin flavours. Creamy and full-bodied. Not very complex but rather nice.