Brewhemia (29) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really like this beer! With its deep yellow color, aroma of elderflower and honey and the great taste with notes of honey as well and a great malty bitternness. Yummie.
Kita (1074) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 0.355l. Clear deep golden color with small frothy off-white head, fair lacing and sparkling appearance. Excellent aroma of citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Taste starts moderate sweet toasted malty, follows by refreshing grainy and citric acidity, crispy mouthfeel with heavy bitter finish and long aftertaste. Full body, slick texture and lively carbonation in palate. Rich, smooth and refreshing brew...
Edward104 (31) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: thick, rich white, pillowy head. Body is straw colored with an orangish hue.
Nose: lots of hops, wax; earthy grass notes,
Mouthfeel: very carbonated.
Taste: bitter upfront, nice citric balance to the hops. Notes of waxy earth, grass, almost like green onions. The citrus is that of orange pith.
Overall: Well balanced and enjoyable. Not the hop slam I was expecting. Would drink again when in the mood for a beer similar to a British ESB or British Pale Ale. More complex than a British ESB or Pale Ale because of the grassy/green onions notes. I like it.
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: caramel and floral hops. Appearance: Clear honey, white head. Taste: Proprietary yeast flavor, sweet, honeyed, caramelized with a clean bitter finish. Palate: Clean, smooth, and well-balanced.
Grzesiek79 (3205) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
DObre wytrawno-gozkie z wyraznym i pikantnym aromatem chmielu amerykanskiego. Troche osadu, fajna srednia ale trwala piana i ta gorycz troche pikantne piwo to bylo moze zastosowano jakies przyprawy? Bylem mile zaskoczony.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, 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.
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUL 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange coloured, frothy white head. Pine tree, clementine, nice hop base. Good bitterness, dry middle and some ending complexity. Medium, refreshing carbonation. Very nice bitter beer for drinking outside. Yum.
bcjamin (1) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice golden color, white head. Aroma is of citrus and the taste comes off as grapefruit.
b000111 (10) - - JAN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Citrus hops, very light malt. Little hints of white wine from the nelson sauvin hops. Appearance: Very light colored ale, almost golden with a hint of orange. Rocky white head. Taste: Hop flavors dominate this, citrus, orange, and gooseberry. Light malt backbone, but taste is much more on the hops. Palate: Clean and sharp bitterness, lingering hop flavor. Overall: Great beer which is not overly complicated by too many ingredients. This beeer really showcases the nelson sauvin hops and allows you to really understand what the flavors are from that hop. A great tasting seasonal beer.
RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather unique: bottle samples sent by the brewery. Likely the only bottles in Europe...
The aroma is not huge but I’d say hay, and some citrus hops.
Definately citrussy and herbal hops in the nose.
A nice thick head that nicely laces the glass...
No info whatsoever on the label except saying it was brewed 13th August 2009. I guess it is around 6,5% ABV.
Poors slightly hazy. Palate is very dry, suggesting more hops than I smelled. No sediment in bottle and lightly gassed. Delicate!
Drinks robust and is far more complex than any Pale Ale I came across in my life. Nicely bitter and now I begin to see where they are going...
Not that Anchor would ever IMITATE a beer, but rather be true to style, I believe they have tried to come as close as they could come to an English IPA but have, in fact, come on Home Turf of Orval.