Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange-yellow from the bottle with a thick bubbly head. Smells malty and fruity like Anchor Steam, and tastes quite similar. A little more hoppy.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This wonderful beer pours an almost clear amber gold with a quickly-diminishing, delicate, soft, white head. The aromas are quite inviting: they scream to the consumer "Come, all who love beer, learn from me, drink and be filled with Anchor excellence!" Besides that, I also noticed grapey and lemony hops. It has a rich flavor with a nice balance (of course, favoring the hops for a good pale ale) and has light perfume like flavors. It has good carbonation levels and you can notice the slightly higher alcohol %. The body is full and really provides a wonderful time for your mouth while you are drinking it. Overall, this 1975 classic was, and still remains, one of the best things to come out of that cursed decade. I base my description of the decade not only on disco and bell bottomn, but also on my own cursedness, being born in good olí 1974.
MammothMan (8) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The look and feel of this ale are slightly weak, but donít let that fool you. The flavor is ample, dry, and astoundingly refreshing. I prefer my beer devoid of any other taste distractions simply because they do not mix well; however, this brew goes better with food than any other Iíve tried.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hopy aroma stands out at first and by finish a grain aroma is present, Body copper color with small white head. Flavor was bitter at first but some fruit flavor in the finish. Was bitter on the palate at first but ended up a refreshing beer.
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
So I wasnít so impressed with Steam Beer, but this is one fine drop! Gently hazy pale copper with a tightish off-white head. Very appealing! An aroma of light biscuits and sweet caramel greets you then in the mouth it is medium but with a fat juicy quenching quality. A light spritzy effervesence plays across the tongue. The taste is sweet-edged biscuity malt and a lovely citrus tang midway through. Well balanced bitterness underpins it all quickly and it lasts pleasantly to remind you youíre drinking an APA. This is a super beer with great balance of quaffable proportions and enuff bitterness to let you know whoís boss.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cascade hop aroma. Cloudy pale orange/amber color. Nice malt profile with a light to medium hop presence that finished with some toned down citrus rind flavors.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites for years. Thick,lacy head, perfumy,floral/citrus Cascade character, from bittering to flavor to aroma. Fairly pale for style, light maltiness up front, yet contributes to overall rich impression. Great, hoppy ale.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great APA. It has it all: Rich creamy texture. Light malt base that carries the resinous/piney/grapefruity Cascade hops hit in perfect balance. This is a really well made beer!
MarkoR (933) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Not bad at all. Good palate. Medium body. Very drinkable pale ale.
OldMrCrow (2391) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 From the bottle.
Pours a light golden amber with an limited head. The aroma is all cascade hops - floral, slightly dusty hops with notes of pine; some cracker malt comes through as well. The flavor is very dry, none of the sweetness in many IPAs, just cascade hops with a slightly sour twist, yeasty tones, and enough backup from light cracker malts to keep a good semblance of balance. The finish is pure hops of modest intensity but fine bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery with abundant, almost stinging, carbonation that I would prefer to see toned down somewhat.
This is a reasonable APA, but not as aromatically hoppy as I remember.
Six years old (2006 bottle in 2012). Yuck. Tons of sediment, off flavors. Drainpour. This was an experiment that didnít work. Not worth aging, at least not for this sort of duration.