thetmaxx (900) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Rubicon for cask night! (From notes) Aroma is slightly hoppy. Flavour is fruity. Good bitterness and malt balance. good lacing on the glass. I noticed it was slightly minty.
The_Osprey (6324) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12fl oz bottle at home in Richmond, as ’Bear Republic Grand Am’, 6%, undated but just arrived on these shores. Hazy orange, lightly sparkling, dense foamy white head, rings of lacing. Aroma is tangerine, dusty, chalk. Body is light, spritzy carbonation, frothy. Taste is floral and chalky, pine, salty. A nice enough flavour. Nothing spectacular though, and too fizzy.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Racing-themed APA by Bear Republic, with very frothy, snow white, thick moussy head leaving an irregularly shaped rim of thick papery lacing around the glass, crowning a lightly hazy ’old gold’ coloured beer with light orangey hue, turning a deeper shade of orange and equally cloudy with sediment. Delicate and fragrant aroma of blood orange flesh, mandarin peel, spruce shoots, biscuit, candied lemon, green banana, fresh apple cake, wormwood, sweet paprika powder, pine-scented soap, yellow kiwi, hemp, burnt chicken skin, freshly grated ginger root, cigarette tobacco. Lively but clean fruity onset, hints of green banana, kiwi and starfruit, mildly sourish and subduedly sweetish, medium carbo just fit for the style, supple and lightly oily and somewhat soapy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Pleasant cereally malt middle with a caramelly edge to it, supporting the vivid, beautifully restrained fruitiness and building the perfect bridge to a hoppy finish, providing adequate, quenching, resinous and spicy but by no means harsh bitterness as well as a wealth of retronasal dank, piney and citrusy aromas. This must be among the finest APAs I ever had, I can easily see how it scores so high on this site; it has a stunningly beautiful balance between sweetish malts and fruit on the one hand and spicy, oily, bittering and delicately aromatic hops on the other hand but the latter remain sufficiently in place to remain APA instead of falling into IPA domain. Very refined and refreshing, absolutely adorable - I would recommend this example to anyone who is interested in getting to know the ’old’ American pale ale style.
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wholefoods, Kensington, London. A hazy golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, malty, caramel, grapefruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, malty, caramel, grapefruit. Decent APA.
gegwilson (3199) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers in Newcastle. Pours a sloghtly hazy gold with a frothy off white head. Nice hoppy grapefruit aroma. The taste has grapefruit, lychee and pineapple with a nice lasting bitter finish. There underlying caramel. Very tasty.
altonbrownd (5628) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer and Wine. Hazy butterscotch body with sizeable head. Nose is floral, citrus, hops, mango. Taste is hoppy, with malty and spicy notes. Creamy texture. Dry in the bitter finish. Nicely done.
TET (2632) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light orange beer, a head is medium and blond. Aroma has mangos, mandarin and grapefruits, some pineapple. Nice and fresh. Taste has grapefruits, nice and slightly caramelly maltyness, medium bitterness, also notes of herbs. Medium bodied. Tasteful beer, also the maltyness is playing the own role.
commonmac (1042) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle consumed at Jackpot Junction for the family reunion. Pint glass. Attractive golden orange color with some slight cloudy tendency. Minor white head. Nice pine aroma with a pleasant tropical fruit characteristic. Taste is well balanced with a malty backbone and some high quality tropical fruit elements. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming. Enjoyable. Definitely feels like one to add to the stable of go-to options. Just a notch below the Racer 5.
Fatehunter (2240) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body. Aroma is bright and sharp pine and tropical fruits. Taste is malty with a nice grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Texture is thicker.
ttoadee (1286) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium gold pour, finger of nice white fluff. Nose is muted citrus. Bitter. Middle is mellow medium kilned malt, citrus, and a hint of caramel. Finish is bright and bitter. Balanced.
JoTheO (112) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355ml. Hazy golden amber with a thick white head. This IPA has a bit of everything, the citrus is there, the mango, the resin notes. Some bread and spungecake in the taste. Alcohol notes are limited. There are no really outstanding features and the hop notes are delicately balanced. A well-balanced IPA, in short.