SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yet another unremarkable beer from this brewer... hop bitterness did not blend well, seemed overly "woody" instead of floral or citric
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF. Poured a cloudy, medium amber color. Nothing to prominent in the tastes or smells. Not bad but nothing that really stood out. 5 4 5 3 12
Cask version tasted on 5/19/06. Much better than my last sample. Aromas of pine, citurs and caramel. Tastes of caramel with very light citrus. 7 4 6 4 14
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At the Harrisburg ABC brewpub. Another pale ale from a microbrewer. Fresh hop flavor, probably an excellent session ale, but I’m tired of this style.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. This was pretty good. Had a slight West coast hop bite to it.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with an off white head and some nice lacing. Mild aroma of hops, some spice and malt as well. Bitter hop taste, mouth puckering in fact, with not much malt to back it up. This was fairly one dimensional, it is a good thing I like hops.
freekyp (1473) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
High bitterness up front mellowing towards end. Just average. No head to speak of.
HighlanderOne (985) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another good american pale ale (I'm seeing a trend here). Nothing spectacular, just a well made, decent APA.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Second best beer I had here at ABC. Needs a lot more hops, and a lot less water. Overall, a weak pale ale.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 (8/5/06, draft, Gettysburg) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, dusky, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, floral, orange zest, some dusky. Light-medium body with some chalk. (6/3/7/3/13)
(SCBE2003): Clear golden with medium off-white head. Aroma is light floral/grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit/floral. No real bitterness until the end, when earthy/grapefruit bitterness does sneak in. Medium body. (4/3/4/3/8)
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, straw-colored beer with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Short-lived with no lacing.
The aroma is malty with huge notes of milk chocolate and cream. At the same time, it appears that there is a skunk in the area. It's down-wind, but present nonetheless. I'm not gonna deduct points for the critter as it is probably only present due to the lengthy and bumpy ride/flight from Harrisburg to my home. Grapefruit and evergreen also abound in the nose.
The flavor is very nice. Malty and rich up front (there's that damn skunk again), but balanced nicely on the backside with moderately bitter floral and citrus flavors. A tad pungent as well.
Light-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation.
A very long, dry, lightly bitter and acrid finish with more of that wonderful milk chocolate and caramel at the wee end.
Not world class, but certainly worth a try. I recommend you try one at the brewery as the bottles obviously don't travel or store very well.