lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a hoppy, Cascade aroma with some malt. The flavor is real hoppy and the Cascade flavor comes through big time. The beer is not unbalanced though and the malt makes up the background. This beer reminds me of New River Pale Ale. They are both delicious.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. pours clear golden with white head. a nice noble hop nose, leathery, spicy, hoppy and bit piney. flavors are much of the same, very east coast style ipa, lots of saaz hop flavor. tasty ipa but dont expect a PNW hop bomb.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
not the aroma I was anticipating .... malts and cardboard .... taste is better with a lightly sweet start ... bitter in the middle and finish .... hoppy but stale ... bottle is enjoy by 06 2008 , so I know its fresh ... passable IPA but not exceptional ... good beer but not that good in this style, Iím thinking its an American Pale Ale
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with white head. Aroma malt and light hops. Taste great balance of malt and citrus hops with bitter finish. Very good everyday drinker. More of a APA then a IPA
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Pours amber with a nice head. Brilliantly clear. Nice restrained nose of hop and sweetness with just a hint of metallic taste. Flavor has great balance ... this is a very tasty pale ale and hides the abv and ibu well. It would be easy to drink more than a few of these. Definitely going to have to find these guys and drink this on tap.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meidum orange color with white head. Aromas mostly of spicy earthy hops, with some sugary malt in the background-- subdued but very inviting. Spicy hops develop on the palate, smooth upfront and a bit rougher in the finish, rounded out by a medium caramel malt sweetness. Lingering bitterness in the finish, and perfect carbonation throughout. Nothing brash or showy here, just superb simplicity. Well done!
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours caramel into the glass, with a light suds head and little retention, but leaves soapy lace. Big whiff of earthen hops, mixed with some sweetness (like caramel or toffee). This is better classified as an IPA, rather than a Pale Ale. The bold hops shine through very well, but itís definitely the American take on a German interpretation of the English genre. There is a definite caramel/toffee integrated upfront, some toast in the middle, and a piney back-palate. Unfortunately, I believe it tries to be bigger without providing quite the substance of mouthfeel. It feels a bit zesty and thin for such a wallop of flavors. Interesting, really, as I do like the flavors at play here. Iím lacking the citrus or grapefruit qualities of a "top-tier" IPA. It feels to have a bolder American-style bitter, with the more traditional ESB British-style palate. Overall, I like it, and it would make a great session brew, but Iím a little confused stylistically.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle stamped BB 04 2008. Poured a medium and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, light citrus, and some toasted caramel. The earthiness dominates. Tastes of earthiness, citrus, pine, and caramel. Decent balance in the tastes. Lacing left on the glass.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid pale ale and the best of their tasting sampler. Would love to see a harvest version of this
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. My hopes were up after seeing the skill displayed with their German beers, and this didnít disappoint. Light orange, nice head, clear. Aroma was a big shot of hops, quite spicy with some earth and pine notes in the back. The flavor was biscuity malts, followed by a big shot of citric, pine, and spicy hops, all working well with each other to produce a lingering bitter finish. I sampled this alongside their guest tap of Nectar Pale Ale, and this just blew it away. Really good beer.