IndianaRed (2803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a medium reddish copper with very little head or lacing. No real aromas cme through but faint grain and hopps. Earlier review mentioned "hampster cage"...yeah OK...kind of. Taste is dominated by a nice strong hoppy tang and a little malt.
Finish is hopps and a woddy slant. Clean and fresh though as well.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice deep amber color with small head. Aroma of hops with a hint of roast. Flavors that lean towards the citrus, but just enough malt to let you know its there.
badgerben (4595) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark amber, borderline brown color, with little head. After smelling it for quite a while, trying to place that aroma, the only thing I could conjure up was a hamster’s cage. Not what I’m looking for from a beer. The taste was fairly malty and woody, but the wood wasn’t a normal beer or whisky wood. I think it might have been cedar. Again, not what I’m looking for. Different, but perhaps a bit too different.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber Coloring. Good Head. Hops... Not too bad from Big Sky. Not terrific but plenty out there worse.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is typical for an American pale ale: a clear dark amber color, a thick, creamy white head. When approaching the nose, the aromas lift out and delight the senses: fresh and fruity, zesty ctrus, grapefruit, peach and apricot notes, and maybe just a touch of spice. Great use of hops, but still light and uplifting.
The initial blitz of carries through the very tasty finish. Malt is mightily subdued, though, creating a bit of an off-balanced atmosphere. Hops continue their wild ride, unassisted by malt, leaving the body a bit thin. Know that I am a card-carrying hophead, but I have to note these slight imperfections.
Finish resolves crisply and dryly, leaving a coppery tang in the mouth.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is amber/ yellow with a fluffy off-white head about a finger high and leaves light lacing. Smell is faint but present of sweet malts with a estery background of fruits and flowers. Taste is more of the same but a bit more complex with a nice malt front of sweetness, lightly fruity with a good balance of floral hops and a note of grapefruit and honey. Light to medium body feel with a smooth crisp finish. A very nice beer.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear amber body topped by big beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, peach, honey, orange, some caramel, earthy. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, peach. Finishes earthy and some grapefruit. Light-medium, somewhat creamy body. Nice thirst quencher.
presario (4877) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 Tasted again 2014 and found the beer more enjoyable. More balanced. Upped rating from 3.1. 2004. Orange. Very light head with some lacing. Citrus aroma. Toned down grapefruit taste. Some wood flavour. Passable pale but confusing attempt at a creamy body and additional malt flavours.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Maybe it was because i had it after a Busch, but this wasn’t bad at all. A bit stale, but there was enough to keep me somewhat interested, some aromatic US hops, not bad. Thanks to the redneck who owned the gas station in that small town near Crater Lake, who let us go in the back fridge and pick this one out. Otherwise we would have been stuck with Coors lite.
Frank (3290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It comes in a cool metal bottle and pours a nice orange amber with a decent creamy white head and good sheets of lace. Nose is mostly malty with a fruity almost honey-like note. Smooth, full palate but slightly undercarbonated. Definitely on the mild end of the pale ale spectrum (especially American-made pale ales) with just a splash of hop bitterness. Very nice, though. Well balanced and refreshing.