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 (633) - 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 (2723) - 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 (831) - 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 (2806) - Tours, 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.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice orange color. Hazy with yellow highlights around the bottom. Bright white, soapy, thick head. Great retention and lacing. The head was rather large due to an aggressive pour. Nice aromas of grapefruit citrus, floral hops, orange notes and touches of a biscuit note. The nose is kind of tame, but in a good wasy. No obnoxiously strong fragrances. Just nice, solid and well balanced. Grapefruit citrus glides across the tongue first. The bitterness is nice and able-bodied. Hearty enough for any hop fan in my opinion. The orange flavoring is pushed to the back to let the slight biscuity malt come forth. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and crisp. Mostly refreshing. Covers the palate soundly. The mouthfeel is mostly dry, but gets a little bit watery towards the end of the drink. This is a very nice, very solid Pale Ale. This totally reminds me of the freshness of Spring. Wonderful bitter punches of flavor and a wonderful beer to look at. I would love to try this when the days start to warm and the grill gets fired back up.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.
Appearance: Light golden blonde with a very slight haze. Very foamy head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit and spicy floral hops. Very fresh smelling combo of American and English hops.
Taste: Strong grapefruit, citrus and spicy notes. Malts are light and minimal, ending quite bitter.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, light body that is crisp and creamy, very dry finish.
Overall: Crisp, refreshing and very fresh ale that is light but hoppy. Different take on an APA and quite delicious.