IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Ruck in Troy. Poured light brown or copper with a thick creamy white head, which lasted a while and left an excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma is not especially strong but has a slight fruity character. Initial taste has a unique, difficult to distinguish flavor, almost a hoppy fruitiness. However, its subtlety makes it difficult to describe eloquently. The body is fairly full with good carbonation. The finish is smooth, nothing special. Overall a good unique brew, though I think I’d rather have an Anchor Porter.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep golden, fairly translucent, small white milk froth like head, lively carbonation, with fairly sticky lacing. Fairly malty aroma, slightly grainy. Forwardly malty, minor floral notes, definite grain, with subtle hops. Medium body, good mouthfeel. Finishes just as it started with more of a light fruit flavor. Decent offering from Anchor.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a beautiful amber body with a huge creamy head that reminded me of a dreamcicle (orange vanilla popcicle for all you unknowning folks out there). The aroma was, what of it I could actually smell (a very aromaless beer) was hoppy. The flavor was, as many say, nothing special. It reminded me of just your average standard ale. It had good malty tones and was quite dry. But, it does get kudos for looks.
franda (3) - USA - AUG 31, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nearly clear deep copper with a thin, quickly dissipating, off-white head. Nose is of moderate strength with hints of warm bead and yeast. Mouthfeel is of moderate body with spritzy carbonation. The nose is reflected in the immediate palate which immediately takes on a hoppy bitterness. The finish is average and reminiscent of a famous green-bottled beer from Holland. Overall a good beer though.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. I have waited for a while to have this because I thought it would taste lagery. Nothing like. It really did taste like a standard ale. Nothing wrong about that. I will have to sample again.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one on tap. Tastes pretty much like a pale ale to me. Well hopped and drinkable but somewhat forgetable. Probably wouldn’t go for this one again.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Tap. Medium amber color, off white head. Hops and malt flavor, very smooth. Make sure you have this beer on tap, it is entirely different than the bottled version.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This has got to be one of the most overrated beers I’ve seen lately. It really is nothing very special. I do recommend drinking it at a temperature closer to room temperature for more desirable results. Not the best by Anchor - try Anchor Porter or Liberty Ale.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - AUG 23, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"California Common" is right. This one is just your every day bitter pale ale. Reminds me of Flying Dog IPA. Not anything that I’d recommend. A 71% is ridiculous.
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Nice amber pour. Mine is quite hoppy (very hoppy actually) to the point of being almost too bitter. Pretty good otherwise.