baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer. I seemed to smell banana notes, just like the steam beer. Also nice hops aroma. Bitterness was appropriate and refreshing.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark straw color. Medium head. Wonderful cascade hop aroma. Some malt in the nose. Malty flavor. Medium-to-strong bitterness. Full hop flavor. Very tasty American Pale Ale. SNPA has nothing on this!
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-orange color, slightly hazy but clearing up, poured with a big head and retained a thin head throughout. Very nice aroma with floral hops and a bit of yeast (?). Flavor is unmistakeably hoppy, but the tart/citric notes were clear, producing a nice affect that was balanced by its not-overpowering bitterness. Later in the beer, it reminded me more and more of some of the English strong ales. I warmed considerably to it as I grew to ignore the hoppiness (I am not a hop-head).
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 Clear orange color. When I first poured it, there was almost no head. I left it standing for about 5 minutes and when I looked back, it had a nice foamy head. Weird. Fruity and floral aroma, very perfumy, citrus fruits with a hint of sweetness. This beer is like chewing on a bunch of flowers with hop buds and citrus zest hidden in it. Smooth and full mouthfeel, a mix of flowery hops, some sweetness, a hint of acidity and a bready yeasty finish.
knickerbocker (13) - USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the west coasts best. Excellent Bitter finish. Balanced between light as lager and hefty as an ale. Next to IPA Lagunitas best Bay Ale.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Darker in color than most pale ales and very hoppy. the best pale ale i ahve tried is sierra nevada but this is a close second.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy nose and hoppy bite. Golden colored. Head leaves with the quickness. Decent drinker.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice floral aroma. Golden pour with a fluffy white head. A decent all around stand by.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, hoppy aroma. Similar in taste to their Anchor Steam, but obviously not the steamy taste. Bitter finish, with underlying barley taste.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crisp toasty malt. It has good hoppiness. They are not overpowering but noticable. There are some banana esters.