bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Bells stouts are definitely their forte'. This pale is all right but I have certainly had better. Pours an orangey/yellow color with a thin and foamy white head. Floral, citrus and hoppy aroma, with a decent crisp finish.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a bright golden color with a super creamy head and a bunch of lace. This beer looks great if you remember that it is bottle conditioned. The aroma is fruity and piney. The flavor has a real hop show to it and finishes slowly. The palate feels right for an APA. This one is OK.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale is a good description of this beer. I got a little bit of grape in the aroma, but it faded quickly. The taste was way too bitter for me.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At best quite unenjoyable. Very hazy light gold. Nose has banana but smells medicinal, a bit off. Taste is bitter and slightly tart, but finishes harsh and off-bitter. Perhaps I got a bad one, but this simply wasn't good.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: Very musky yellow looking. Something about this beer seemed very "off." Hard to describe, but not hard to taste.
Cartoonkhaki (1222) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden yellow with a good sized beige head that lasted. Flowery malty aroma. Hoppy and malty flavour. Nice mild bitters and slight citrus and tang. Creamy palate quite decent and enjoyable.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours yellow/golden with littel chucks of what I assume are yeasties. Not very attractive in such a lite colored beer. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of aroma going on, almost smells like a commerical macro.
Body is good though with a nice tingy mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy flavor, some spice and hints of citrus. I expected a little more boldness.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden hue with large fluffy head and good lace. Fruity (apple, orange, and banana) aroma with a hint of biscuit, twangy yeast, and wheatfield. Sharp bitter taste with a coating of mild malt and twang. Somewhat short on the finish but not fully clean either, some spice detected. The body is a bit heavier than many pale. Fizzy with a metallic feel. Overall, a better than average pale ale, very quaffable and I liked the character.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Floaties made this look like peach preserves. Cloudy orange with a diminished white head. Citrus smell, hops evident. Hoppy taste with maybe a little bit of lemon peel. Very bitter finish. Not really too good. Lots of sediment.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 2002 and 2003 bottles. Pours a cloudy yellow with some light lime green tints. Lots of foamy white head. Smells yeasty and slightly appley, and definitely very meaty. Begins moderately sour and definitely hoppy. Subtle citrus tones complement the usual apple/yeasty flavor of the APA. Has a decent medium body that has a doughy texture but is stretched too thin and is very yeasty. Finishes quite dry with some tinges of malt but overall leaves a slightly unbalanced sour flavor and is way too thin towards the end. It tries to be spicy on the finish, but there is nowhere near enough balance to this beer.
Batch 12388, bottled 10/3/13 drunk on 2/16/14, as Midwestern Pale
Pretty close to how I remember the pale ale, though obviously the hop profile has changed. This was a 4 month old sample and the yeast character and malts are much more subdued, with just a basic but delicious caramel and honey-like richness that dries out nicely and is balanced with spicy happiness. The texture and body are perfect and the beer is infinitely drinkable. Not much bitterness or acid, but appropriate enough to balance with spicy flavors lingering. Upping the score a bit.