harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I hate it when you get an APA and the aroma is hoppy and then you taste it and you are overwhelmed with malt. Completely unbalanced and not complex in the least. Very overcarbonated, with a golden appearance and a quickly fading soda like head. Finish is akin to pine-sol.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Woohoo, 4th american to rate this! Golden pour with soda head. Aroma is musky and hoppy, like dirty malt with good hops. Flavor is a turn off with a bad piney aftertaste, not the good hop kind but a bad one. Finish is terrible, leaves the taste of wet monkey in your mouth.
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colour with a quickly dissipating white frothy head. Caramel and citrus aroma. Honey and caramel notes quickly overtaken by a perfumed bitterness. Perfume lingers a bit too long, losing the bitter touch and becoming somewhat unpleasant. Otherwise enjoyable, with a medium to full body and maybe a touch of stickiness. Thanks again, Jeremy!
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Nice golden body with a good sized white head, and decent lacing. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with the citrus notes of the Northern Brewer hops sticking out a lot more when it is freshest. A nice tulip glass will aid in bringing out the aroma aas well. Nice smooth medium body. Flavour is pleasantly bitter, closer to the English style really despite the use of American hops, with a healthy does of malt to back it hope. The maltiness seems to have fluctuated mildly with brewmaster changes over the years adding subtle differences. Pleasant bitter finish lingers just long enough. Could use a touch more of the hoppy citrus notes to really be an APA. One of my favorite beers. I enjoy the balance and it is one of the beers that consistently satisfies me.
Check out the cask Hop Bomb editions that show up occassionally for a treat. Nice.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy malt aroma. Medium body with a good malt taste and nive hop bitterness
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good solid pale ale, bold hop presence and balanced rounded malty finish. Not a standout beer though.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold w/ white head. Fresh, leafy, hoppy (cascade) nose. Medium bodied, slightly resiny. Fresh malt flavour w/ nice, moderately bitter finish.
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 On cask. Nice to drink, decent brew. Only if had a bit more unique character.
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2003 [Rating based on cask version - thanks, Oakes!] I've had this beer in bottles and regular draft in the past, and found it pleasant but unremarkable. On cask, however, it's like a completely different brew. Colour is the promised "beautiful golden colour" with a strong white head and a haziness that makes it look like a Hefe Wiezen. Aroma holds hops, grass and citric notes. The balance of malt and hops in the flavour isn't perfect, but it's close enough to make this a great session ale. I started the evening alternating between this and the Scotch Irish Session, but the last few pints of the night were exclusively Black Oak.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 I just had a chance last night to try this on tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Far better on tap then it was in the bottle. Hops dominated the aroma and flavor more then when it was in the bottle. Which will cause me to rate it higher then the 2.9 from before. BOTTLE: I had a good experience from this brew. Grassy and Hay but not bad.