DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Found my tasting notes from our Sept. 2000 Rt. 66 trip, at the suburban location. This is before I discovered beer rating sites, but I still wanted to note some impressions. I had the most notes on this one among the samplers I tried. "Coppery, despite lower IBUs; drier and crisper than the IPA. Okay, not enough for BJCP certification, but I wanted to give props for a place that I thought had good beer AND good food.
My rating will just be the 2.9-3.0 average score currently standing, and this is a placeholder for what I hope will be a return trip to the Land of Enchantment.
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the brewpub, notes taken on a napkin. This beer was decidedly "not bad," but in no way did it impress me. With absolutely no head whatsoever, its color further bored me by resembling blood-tinged urine. The nose was modestly interesting, with strong citrus tones balancing out the sour/bitterness. The opening flavors were modestly fruity, with a stronger citrus character emerging in the middle. Aftertaste was pleasantly strong, with bitter hops fading gently on the back of the tongue. While the basic flavors in this beer are uninspiringly pleasant, drinking it unfortunately reminded me of sipping Sunny Delight spiked with cheap vodka. Also noteworthy; I saw very little carbonation in this beer, so I’m not sure how a little more fizz would have excited this otherwise dull drink.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub, notes taken on napkin during trip to NM. Light brown, no head. Major lace. Light hop aroma. Decent bitterness, balanced by malt. Average bitter finish, with a nice lingering hoppiness. Okay.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright copper body with a faint off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine with some specialty malt underneath. Malts lead in the flavor, unlike many pale ales. Touch of diacetyl and some astringency as if from burnt malt. A novel pale ale that breaks the mold a bit.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish amber appearance. Fruity hop citrus aroma. Flavor is initially sweet lemony, turning citric with a slightly sharp bitterness in the finish. Typical APA.
Braudog (5902) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber. Thin head. Crystal malt aroma. Caramel comes out in the flavor. Tart on the tongue.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at brewpub
good pale ale-great hoppy aroma and good,full body palate-high hop bitterness for a pale.