joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish and dark for the style. some citrus hops to the nose. flavor of moderate bitterness before some medium to high lovibond crystal malt flavor before the citrus and floral hop flavor. not a great beer on draft, but the cask version is a solid apa
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is light and mellow with notes of toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of citrus. The appearance is oily and caramel colored with a very thin white ring that eventually dissappears and leaves no lace. It’s a taste blend of medium bitter and sweet. The texture is thin and oily with a light carbonation and a medium malt body. Toffee, grain, and citrus flavors comes through first, followed by a roasty, grain and caramel finish. A bready aftertaste lingers lightly.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the brewery 5/9/06, cask version: Cloudy chesnut brown w/ a lasting cream colored head of tiny, tight foam. Herbal hop aroma @ first w/ a light iced tea aroma. Medium caramel malt balances hop aromas pretty well. Lightly toasty malt, and highly fruity as well as a mis placed yeasty phenolic, like a Belgian pale ale. Also a hint of nuttiness. the Flavor starts off a bit sweet and becomes highly fruity and dries out toward the finish & aftertaste, but still remains lightly sweet. Some light herbal hop mid palate, light bready yeast, and also a plum fruitiness from what seems to be the yeast. A mild bitterness finally starts to creep into the aftertaste about 1/2 way through the pint. Low carbonation as expected from a cask, smooth, medium body, with a tiny touch of alcohol. I like the beer, but it doesn’t seem like a great pale ale, unless you’re expecting a Belgian pale. I’m not sure where the phenolic and plum fruitiness comes from, but it’s a bit out of place for an American pale. Like I said, I like it, but not what I expected.
mike67 (1092) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, bready and caramel malt, hints of citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops are balanced on the palate by bready and caramel malt and hints of fruit. Finish is long and bitter. This brew is more like amber ale.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
another unimpressive pale ale. I expect a lot more from my pale ales so this was a dissappoint ment. I didn't get a good flavor of hops or barley. Bland
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft@ Barleys Pours a good clear amber with small off white head. The head leaves quickly but laced well. Has okay aromas of malt, spices, and a little bit of hops. Has a decent carbination. A pretty good mouthfeel. The flavors were light and well represented but lacked some boldness. Has a medium body. A pretty good finish. A watery texture and an okay aftertaste. Not my favorite one they brew but good.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/28/02: on tap at the smokehouse. not much aroma. a bit darker than your average pale ale- nice color, in fact. minimal head with lacing. small amount of dish soap taste (this is not a negative comment, it is how hops taste to me at times.) pretty tame beer which includes a bit of a hoppy taste.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on draft at Alehouse. Poured a very pretty amber color. No head upon arrival. Nice taste of citrus and malts with a slightly bitter finish. Decent Pale Ale. Not my favorite style, but good!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually, I headed out to the Smokehouse with the intent of trying the “Hobgoblin” for
my first “Firkin Friday” experience. However, much to my regret, the bartender informed
me that I was about 2 hours 2 late. Gahh!! No one told me. So I made the best of it,
and tried some of this from the cask. The first thing I noticed as the brew was brought to
me, was the amazing cascade. The tall frothy beige head is fully lasting. The brew is a
cloudy dark honey amber. The nose is open, fresh and clean. Though softer than I would
expect from the style, notes of pine and spruce are present. The warmth accompanies a
wonderful balance. The finish though tame, does present some complexity. The medium
to full body is creamy and soft. The finish feels slightly astringent. Would make quite the
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2003 Total Score: 4.2
Pours a dark copper with ruby highlights. The large frothy off white head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The nose is perfume, pine and citrus with some slight clove tones. The flavor is dominated with a moderate citrus acidity and the finish is long and bitter. The medium creamy body is lively and finishes clean. Good solid session brew. Goes great with the Turkey Gumbo at the Smokehouse.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pretty dark for a pale ale. Amber/brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, honey. Hops are surprisingly subdued, though present. Taste is smooth, sweet, semi-bitter. Malty, honey. Subtle hops. The definition of a good but nothing more pale ale. Nothing bad I can say about it but certainly nothing exceptional.