pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Gold pour with a big white head. The nose is very happy, lots of tropical fruit and what Iím coming to know as the nelson trademark of earth, lime peel, and grape skin. Itís interesting, but just barely coming through. Flavor is similar. This one certainly isnít too bitter, and the finish is clean and watery enough to keep this going for the night. I had quite a few pints. Well done anchor.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, dough, and light honey. Flavor is nice and mild. Citrus hops, sweet, balanced fruits, doughy, and light floral. Light bodied with just a slightly dry finish. Refreshing and light, great for a summer evening.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured orange with a big, frothy, white head. A mellow pale, sessionable tasting. More like a Northeast/English influenced pale. Biscuity, caramely, malt sweetness. The hops were resinous, oily and earthy, but not bittering or piney/citrus. The yeast was nice, and appropriate for the style adding a nice tang to the finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright gold with a nice lasting fluffy white head and some streaky lace. Aroma is a balance of yeasty doughy nutty house yeast character, with a decent nelson sauvin hop presence- also touch of crackery doughy malts, and light grass with a slight prickly dirt hint. Flavor has a bit more grapey green fruity nelson character, slight oily, some citrus juiciness, light pine, grass, light dirt and mineral with a more hidden nutty yeast character than the aroma suggested. Finish still has a slight oiliness, grass, and a moderate bitterness- mostly clean overall.
HonkeyBra (3075) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish yellow pour with big white head that clings to the glass. Aroma of sweet fruity malts, a slight hint of cereal malt. Hops are citrus with a bit of mango and other fruit. Flavor is somewhat bitter forward hops. Lots of fruit and light cereal malt. The yeast character is similar to other Anchor beers. Medium body, slick texture, with lively carbonation. Finishes strong with the bitter hops. But, itís a really easy to drink pale for lovers of bitter hoppy session beers.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured bright and clear with lively carbonation. Orange color. A nice 1.5 finger head from the get go, faded to a small head with good retention. Aroma was of a combination of some fruity and earthy hops, some bread like malt as well. Quite laid back. Some nice, yet subdued hop flavors started this one, faded to some malty presence and an extremely light bitterness in the finish. Also finished very dry. An ok APA, obviously better ones are out there.
robertjm (729) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fluffy pillow cloud of a head that seems to last forever, before finally collapsing down, leaving a foamy lace on the side of the glass. Light piny aroma. This special hopís aroma reminds me a lot of a cross between Liberty and Cascade. Kind of a fruity flavor, more like an English hop than an American variety. Resiny flavor lingers on the palate for some time. Normal carbonation and body. Sort of reminds me of a weak SN Celebration Ale.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Despite the label shown, I had this in a bottle, golden body, lacy white head, aroma of sweet malts and spicy hops, refreshing ale with a nice rigid bitter backbone, no hop flavor to speak of aside from a mild spice, malt forward ale, refreshing and straight to the point
JK (4244) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pine in the aroma. Flavor has dry grass, some wildflowers, and a little honey. Crisp and clean on the palate with a quick finish. Bitter, and very dry. Gold color.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells a bit funky. Looks great. Not what I expected. First thought is quite dry but not real hoppy. Flavor is a bit acidic and mostly dry more than anything else, but without the lightness of a pils. Not too good.