DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Nice flaxen, gold colour, with bright white foamy head. Fair amount of carbonation. Floral, citric hop nose. Sweet malt starts it out, then we get a rather sharp piney-citric hop kick that lasts and lasts ... long after all the malt backing has disappeared. A rounded finish, and a hint of smokeyness (?) ... good but really doesn't pair well with food (it tastes sour if you pair it).
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear light amber in colour with a decent large-bubbled off-white head. Smell of hops, sweetness and even a bit of soap. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hoppiness with very sweet tastes and a superb malt background. Aftertaste bittered very minutely from the hops, but very sweet! Overall, a bit better than average for the style! I was lucky enough to get this beer in-person from JerCraigs in Ontario, Canada and sampled it on 2-October-2003, Thanks Jeremy!
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick head. light amber. Nice hop aroma similar to an IPA. Lasting head and lacing. Strong hop flavour. Very nice.
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 (1171) - 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 (8071) - 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.