vanabbema99 (13) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the fist beer I ever tried from Bell’s, many years ago when they were just getting started. It’s still here, and you can’t argue with a good thing: Hop Heaven!
gripweed57 (679) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden color. Medium-sized creamy white head. Slightly bready fragrant hop nose. Crisp dry malt flavor upfront. Bittersweet hops in mid taste. Bitter hop finish. Dry aftertaste.
Christpuncher (1162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent MAlty beer. Had a can at a. Friends house. Smells Ike a lager and is yellow in color.
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KyotoLefty (6436) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Crackery malt nose, light grass, touch of citrus. Medium, cloudy gold. bready malts, grass and herbal hops, decent bitterness. Quite drinkable but not very interesting.
Theydon_Bois (8613) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14.
Clear golden with moderate off white spotting and edgework.
Nose is pale malt, straw, light citrics, bitter orange.
Taste comprises citric peel, earthy hop notes, bread dough, touch of melon.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok APA, lacks hoppy punch for my liking.
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
13th August 2014
GBBF Day 2. Bottle. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Light dry malts. Slightly sourish wheat. Dry floralness and just a touch of citrus. Finishes dry. Too dry and borderline dull.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours slightly hazed pale yellow with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving thin sheets of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of chewy day old bread crumbs, buiscuity malt, very faded citric fruit, and very faint grassy hop bite. This one seems to be a bit old.
T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy malt slowly giving way to just the faintest hint of citric fruit and grassy hops. Some caramel sweetness creeps in as it comes to room temperature. All the flavors I was hoping for seem to have faded away. The finish is a mix of chewy malt and caramel sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with only the faintest hint of hop bitterness, both in the feel and the finish.
O - Not too fresh to say the least. The hops were all but non existent and the bready malt took on a life of its own as a result. I will have to give this one another try in the future.
geeklimit (179) - USA - SEP 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a straw yellow with a pillow - top head. Strong malt aroma. Pale malt taste with some straw characteristics. Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a sweet aftertaste.
Dacrza (516) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
DATE REVIEWED: August 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: O’s avoiding a sweep? (NO)...APPEARANCE: fizzy, fuzzy, pocked white head sits atop a noticeably hazy orange-yellow head; lacing is tangible but random... AROMA: funky lemon grass and some resin; bready malts balance the aroma... PALATE:medium-bodied, reasonably lively, and balanced in its mouthfeel--certainly a pale ale... TASTE: a rather straight-forward pale, with enough malt and hop resin to be noticed; beyond that, a rather flat profile that whispers floral notes ...OVERALL: the dude from Pletcher’s suggested this was the weakest of the four casemates, and though this is true, its fourth-place finish is nothing to be ashamed of; a sessionable pale ale that would compliment a variety of foods, seasons or settings...
Darkmagus82 (1175) - - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-12--13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a moderate level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of an earthy and citrus hops along with a nice bready base. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of tropical fruit as well as a little bit of apricot.
Taste – At the start of the taste a bready and grapefruit flavor greets the tongue along with some more grassy hop flavors. Some flavors of a light fruit flavor as well as a little bit of pineapple flavor soon come to the tongue. These sweeter flavors disappear soon however as flavors of grapefruit citrus hop grow stronger in nature with them being joined by some hop flavors of an earthy variety. When combined with the rest of the flavors, a bitter and dry, hoppy and bready flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer was slightly on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was average. The thicker body was nice for the bready flavors of the brew as well as gave a chance for all the hop flavors a chance to e fully sensed by the tongue.
Overall –A pretty nice English style IPA. It’s on the drier side with a good blend of citrus, earthy and herbal hop. Well worth a try.
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a nice white head. Aroma is mild buy obvious hop flowers. Flavors a perfectly balanced between the pale malt that gives excellent body and sweetness - with the perfect amount of hops for a pale ale. Incredibly easy to drink and very refreshing. This would be a case buy if I had regular access.