kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop heads dream! Very floral aroma. Rich amber color, foamy head. Nice caramel backbone balanced with just the right amount of citrusy Cascades. Finish is equally floral.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber body with a thin white head, watch this: a bottle-conditioned APA. Aroma is rather complex and interesting, moderate grapefruit/spruce/fir cascade profile flirting with caramel malt delivering sweet orange flavors. Obvious flowery notes, perfumey, candyish. Taste is very malty, hops are just hinted at here, it's very sweet honey, maple syrup with minimal bitterness. Medium-bodied and pleasant! I'm pleasantly surprised John!
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Languorous maple syrup seeping through the C-hop effluence...Sweet oranges growing in conifer bark influence...Prickly alcohol and chewy balance conducive to faithful confluence...
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad pale ale. Rather dull in comparison to others in the style but still worth trying for a change.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I tried this beer on tap. It pours a dark amber. The tastes seem a bit muted overall. The malt and hops are there, but not as full as I like them.
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Good nose, floral, citrus, tad perfumey. Ok orange copper color. Little head that disappeared quick. Toffee,carmel, Citrus, Grapefruit, lemon, lime all come to mind. Clean, thinner finish. Alittle lite linguring bitterness. Classic west coast pale ale, though I let it warm up too much.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle. Poured with a nice thick white head. The beer itself was orange colored. Nice malty smell and taste mixed with a medium amount of hops. It isn't overpowering in the hop department, and therefore would make an excellent session beer. In my first sip I thought I detected a very slight chocolate taste, however that was only evident in my first sip. This was a good pale ale and I would definitely try it again, however the Bear Republic Racer 5 was more to my liking.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Older bottle, past its prime. Hop flavour was diminished. * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much, much less bitter than Bear's Racer 5! The XP is almost mild in comparison and is an easy sipper for a beer novice. However, the brewer may have gone too far stripping this beer of its malt backbone. The XP's really not that substantial and I'd have enjoyed more aromatic hops.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Pours with a tightly bubbled white head over a clear amber body. Aroma of citrusy hops tempered by some sweet, grainy malt. Dry hoppiness over that same grainy malt makes up the flavor. I would have appreciated a more robust malt backbone, but I can see the brewer's intentions here - a light-bodied dry beer with a champagne-y feel. I'm sure it fits a niche somewhere, just not in my palate ;-)