GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a short-lived off-white head that faded to a collar quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is heavy on roasted malts compared to most pales and has some earthy hop tones as well. The taste has a much bigger hop profile than the aroma and starts off with a pine hop bitterness that lingers throughout. There is a strong caramel malt presence in the middle before the hops hit the palate again in the finish. The bitterness holds the drinkability back a bit, but I enjoyed this one and look forward to other brews from Blue Mountain.
brigg (484) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Rich amber body and a medium sized, rocky off-white head. The aroma is fresh, floral hops, and sweet sugar and malt. Medium bodied, and somewhere between a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The flavor has lots of fresh hops, but with a bit of sweetness up front that balances it out to maintain a refreshing feel. The finish is more bitter. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer from just down the road.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: The first Virginia beer I ever tried. It was pretty good. A slight saltiness was a different spin on an IPA.
TECHNICAL: On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA. Was a medium copper with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished but left fair lacing. The aroma was some caramel malt and citrus hops and maybe some pine. A little weak though. The flavor had a nice balance between malty start and grapefruit hoppy finish. The malt up from was a little salty when it warmed. The finish had a long duration. The medium body was fizzy with a light astringent finish.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From bottle, courtesy of dpuart. Light grassy herbal hop nose, with some grapefruit peel and a bit of chemical astringency. Sweet brown sugar notes, too. Golden amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts with a bit of brown sugar sweetness before the bitterness takes over. Astringent bitterness, harsh until the end. Unpleasant. Dry bitter after.
dpjuart (1033) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/20/08 - Draft sample at brewery. Pours clear amber/orange with eggshell head. Medium carb. Nose is slight hops and caramel. Taste is spicy American hops, citrus and floral with moderate bitter and good balance. Very nice pale ale.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 The aroma is malty and hoppy with a touch of biscuits. The appearance is golden with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is typical for the style. Overall a nice beer.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very good, not too bitter but enough to satisfy the hop lover. the beer has some good malts that makes this a great session
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taps at Capital Ale House Virginia Beer Festival. Citrusy grassy hop aroma.
Golden orange with a fine white head.
Grassy and citrusy hop flavor with nice supporting pale malt sweetness. Medium body well carbonated. Finish is moderately dry with bit of residual hop bitterness.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with dkachur. pours orange with a nice tan head. very good IPA appearance. aromas are nice and hoppy, mostly citrus hops but some piney aromas too, there is also caramel malt sweetness. flavours are similar to the aromas. very tight and well balanced. not very big or bossy, just a well crafted IPA.
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Alan’s HSC initation. This beer is a clear orange color with a compact off-white head that burns away slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is moderately bitter with hops backed up by caramel and earthy malt. Medium-bodied with a hoppy character. Notes of caramel and malt along with a bit of citrus too. The finish is hoppy and lingering. Decent all around.