erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but not great. A nice floral hop aroma but the citrus turns me off. Definitely could use a stronger malt backbone. Re-rate 7/10/02: Not gonna change my rating but I’ll say that the hoppiness is very nice and man is this citrusy. Another very respectable product from one of America’s oldest micros.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 RERATE 4/08: Light amber body, slight floral nose, medium white head. Has some unpleasant vegetal notes.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 surprised this one isnt ranked higher. just had the other day and it was the only beer i drank. The aftertaste lingered forever and it was perfect. Great balance of fruit/hops. Maybe could add a little more body to it, but then it is a summer beer. Very crisp and very dry. Floral aroma, not too heavy on the carbonation either. definitely gotta love the grapefruit. 8/5/8/4/18
2006 bottle drunk on 12/16/06.
Very aromatic and delicate nose. Not as citrusy as I remember, though it still has a touch of pink grapefruit. Very floral and light, with well-attenuated, very clean malt behind it. Just a touch of biscuits and light honey giving an orange marmalade effect from the hops and malt combo.
Naturally carbonated, but not bottle conditioned, it still has a fairly tight, engaging carbonation and substantial body, though the malt is very lean and attenuated. Perhaps a touch of paperiness/astringency, with an underlying bitterness that needs some balancing. That or just a higher flavor/bittering ratio of hops. Dry, not full of crystal malt or other distractors with a clean, well-made structure. Maybe not quite a 5 for appearance, as the head is a touch feeble, nor is there any tremendous lacing.
Still, for as high as this stood in my memory, it lived up pretty well. Score reflects my most recent bottle.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Rerate: Starts smooth, sweet and slightly malty with a punchy bitterness that soon fades into dry finish. Smell of pure, fresh hops and some citrus, great two-finger head, moderate spiderweb lacing and smooth carbonation make this a" serious" West Coast ale. Not exactly session material, but a good representation of style. One criticism: I never thought I’d say this, but I think it could have a bit less alcohol. Overall, wonderful beer.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Magnificent, soaring citrusy hops spread languorous bitterness on an underlying malt cookie landscape…An earthy yeast beautifully laces both the maltiness and hoppiness and s superb balance is created...So light and quenching, yet proud and flavorful...Grapefruit and lemon thrive everywhere in the land of the free…
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice and refreshing beer. Nice golden color with a small head. (diminishes fairly rapidly) Nice distinct hops flavor without being overdone. Little malt but all in a beer to have more than once.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a nice reddish gold color with a nice fluffly off-white head that left some lace. It had a nice hoppy and citrus/floral aroma. A decent amount of carbonation. A flavor of malt and lightly of hops. A slightly dry finish too it. A good beer.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My favorite APA... maybe because it doesn’t taste like the others. The hops are there, but it doesn’t have that flowery taste that other APAs do... that is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 They’ve done a very good job here. A tad more maltiness anyhere in the aroma or flavor profile and I’d be completely hooked. As it is, very refreshing, nicely hopped (flavoring, not necessarily dry-hopped aroma).
friejose (24) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely brew that works great from the bottle. Better and finer, in my opinion, than its better known cousin the Steam beer.