Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of nail polish and carmel malts. Clear ruby-brown beer with thick tan head. Chemical sweetness up front. Some toffee and molasses notes. Very little appreciable bitterness. Seems out of balance and maybe fermented too hot. I’ve liked some of the other BBC beers but this one just really isn’t enjoyable.
bnokk (102) - Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
APPEARANCE - very nice copper color. Light head is white but tucks itself back into the beer right away.
NOSE - this is not a hoppy pale ale. Perhaps some grassiness from hops, but I can’t be certain. If I didn’t know this was an ale, I’d swear it smelled like a lager.
FLAVOR - really pales in that department.
NOTES - I’d like to say I can drink this on a hot day and be refreshed... But the flavor is somewhere between refreshing and a solid american pale ale. But it’s really not.
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-7-12-
Poured from bomber into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a wonderful deep amber color with a big off white colored head. The head has fantastic retention and retains its strength for quite some time but it eventually fades over time to give a decent amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is on the lighter side with hints of roasted malt some caramel smells as well as some floral and citrus hop aroma.
Taste – A sweeter bready malt flavor with hints dark fruit are the first to meet the tongue. As the taste moves on light hop flavor of a floral and very light citrus flavor come to the tongue. The beer seems to bitter more toward the middle with the advent of the hop, but then again seems to sweeten toward the end where flavors of a caramel nature meet the tongue Where a slightly bitter caramel and malty flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level being the same.
Overall - A pretty good “not so” pale ale with nicer roasted grainy flavors. While it has god flavors it is nothing to really go out of the way for.
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Pours amber with an off white head. Toffee malts, faint earthy and floral hops, light fruity notes, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not bad.
jtclockwork (10441) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Bottle. Pours copper/amber. White head. Nose and taste of pine, biscuit malt, caramel, resin and light grass. Medium body.
Beerathon (1491) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reminds me of an English style pale ale, which I am not much a fan of. The hops are subdued and the malt comes forth more in a very sweet way. Not good. I can drink it, but for a pale ale not enjoyable at all.
Leighton (13541) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours clear, deep gold with a fine white cream head. Decent stuff, pretty basic. Lots of bready malts, some brown sugar, a bit of caramel, light bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, bready malts, some toasty doughy bread. Easy.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
the simple goodness of a pale ale. A full growler enjoyed. Dark amber color. Aroma is very light flower hope with some buttery sweet malt behind it. Toast with caramel taste and mild bitterness. Really the kind of beer they would love in Deerfield and the Berkshires.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep coppery amber with a thin white head. Soft malt, toast on the nose, a very faint dusting of hops. Medium bodied, toasty malt and a touch of sweet toast. Soft bitterness into the finish. Easy drinking.
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle is 3 months past the best by date so I assume this is skewing the beer’s qualities a little. Strongest notes of caramel and sweet bread. Decent amount of carbonation and thin mouthfeel. A good beer that doesn’t jump out in any way.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Darien. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, floral, tropical hops and very faint pale malts. The taste is citrus hops and toasted caramel malts. Medium bodied. Solid.