tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz screw-top bottle, pours a crystal clear light pale amber color with a persistent thin head across the entire surface. Very effervescent. Nose is sweet crystal malt with no detectable hop aroma. Disappointing considering this is an American pale. The flavor is only a tad better with hints of hop bitterness to offset the sweet malt, plus ample carbonation (almost too much for this style), but still no distinct citrusy American hop flavor. As others have made clear, this is an unremarkable beer.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, #431. Light copper pour with small head. Light APA aroma and flavor, but not too much of it. Somewhat disappointing.
NachlamSie (2830) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[November 9, 2008]
Bottle. Pours a light, see-through copper with no head. The nose is of typical American pale sweetness, but virtually no hops are present, just the sweet, honeyish, clean malts. Predictably light palate on this one with hints at honey, bread, and still no real hops. Perhaps the finish is slightly husky and a trace of citrus is buried in there somewhere, but this is certainly malt heavy. This is very clean and very easy to drink.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is golden/light copper. First whiff: Caramelly toast with a faint, earthy hop background. Flavor is toffee sweetness against a malty back drop with just a hint of hop. Not getting the ’’citrus’’ that others are getting, just noble/spicy hops. Body is medium, carbonation is just right with a dry finish. The beer is a little thin for the style. Not bad. Supposedly Boone Brewing is rolling out with another beer soon. Hopefully these guys have a brewery up and running sooner than expected. We need one up here.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle on 9/29/2008. Very pale clear amber with a white head that is fleeting. Aroma of some light honey and faintly floral and citrus hops. Flavor is lightly sweet, one dimensional, hops don’t seem to bring the necessary balance, as the finish seems washed out to me. Light to medium body and carbonation, mouthfeel just seems thin. This is just bland. Nothing that is really objectionable, it’s just unremarkable.
jrob21 (2704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark orange color with a quickly disappearing off white head. Little bit of caramel malt flavor with a tinge of sweetness. Finish is metallic and hoppy. Slight toasted grain aroma. OK session beer and nothing incredibly memorable.
CelticBrew (880) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours from 12 oz. a light coppery hue, forming white foamy froth. Aroma of citrus and hops, perhaps malted nuts. Malts dominate with a mild hop and citrus ending. Watery and without much real character. I mean its OK beer, probably great for lawns and such, but after that its not really meant for memorable sessions and/or friends. This IS NOT a premium APA, as the commercial description suggest. Drink it and you decide...
MtnBeer (1) - , Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent pale ale. This beer has a sweeter beginning and a hoppy finish to make for an overall great taste. I like the hint of fruit and the golden pour.
ncbeerhopper (1) - boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this pale ale-good balance between malt and hops, an easy drinking beer. Company owned by 2 Boone families, brewery owned by a North Carolinian. More info check out:
mtnftn (1) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
To me, this beer is in the same category as Magic Hat #9. It is a "not quite" pale ale in comparison to other libations of the same ilk. It is drinkable with just the right amount of after taste.