robertjm (830) - 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 hop’s 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 (813) - Seattle, Washington, 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 (5410) - 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 (5087) - 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.
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a lightly hazy brass color with a medium white head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma was pungent with green hops, weeds and leaves. The flavor seemed to have a cooked vegetable quality that included cabbage and beets with biscuit on the back of the tongue. Palate was full and malty. The finish was medium in duration and dry. Overall: As much as I loved the aroma I did not like the flavor, I’m hoping i just had an off bottle. --Re-rate note: 2nd sample this was an altogether different beer, the cooked vege note was gone and there was a nice spruce taste in the brew.
SDalkoholic (2298) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick fluffy pillow of head while the liquid was a golden blonde color. As for the nose, there is a spicy usage of yeast while also having a spruce scent of pine, oats, grain, and orange/tangerine peel. Maybe it’s just me but somehow I smell a faint aroma of body odor/sweat, and that part of the aroma does make me a little uneasy. The flavor is heavily spiced and is surprising considering this was just supposed to be another pale ale style beer made my Anchor Brewing, but the flavors are bold and suggest hints of coriander, lime leaf, grapefruit and dominant hop bite. Certainly a beer that could be easily quaffed down during the warm months of summer.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - AUG 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps the best version of an american pale ale ive ever had, perfect use of the hops to create a rich flavor that isnt overwhelming. this is my ultimate session beer, completely enjoyable and never gets to the point of being a chore to finish. hoppy aroma and a subtle floral and grapefruit flavor, this is anchor reaching past its liberty ale and creating a new and better beer.
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells almost berry pours kinda cloudy dark yellow. surprisingly flavorful tho, with good up front hops and fruity sweet notes. this is actually really nice. better than the steam.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, 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 (745) - 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!