rondphoto (2886) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear medium amber, head coating, tiny dots of lace. Decent American Ale, with all that implies: caramel malt and mild hops share the ride straight through the finish. A little carbonation completes the taste. Nothing wrong here.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel malt and floral citrusy hops aroma. Hazy golden amber with a ginormous soapy off-white head, which took forever to recede. Sediment suspended throughout. Light malt and piney citrus hops. Medium body, slightly dry finish. Very hops forward. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more with some additional malt to balance the hops.
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a nice level of hoppiness to it all around, both in aroma and in taste. Pours amber with a moderate head, it has the crispness of some good APAs.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 12/5/09. Bottle received from bamadog in a recent trade (BA). Huge thanks!
Pours a very dark copper color with a good inch’s worth of ivory head on top. Decent retention, left tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Dull earthy scents come out, along with some roasted pale malts.
Full-bodied PA here. Carbonation level is moderate, this beer goes down thick. Dull bitter hops right away. Some mild char on the finish. Sweet balance is lacking a bit. As the site proclaims, this really is a hophead’s dream. Plenty bitter without all the citrus presence. This is straight up hops. I like it. Thanks, Rich, for the awesome opportunity.
beernovice39 (3269) - Montana, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark amber pour with a tiny off white head. Citrus scent.Taste is same with a hint of bread.
tmongoose (1672) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from the tap room. orange/copper color with minimal head and lacing all the way down the glass. great aroma of citrus and grassy/pine hops. the flavor is right down the middle for an american pale ale. long time friend of this beer and base others on this. love this pale ale as a go to beer.
properhops (88) - - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2alroWjKzP8
Appearance: Ruby red w/ hop sediment, 4-finger head sticks around, average lacing
Smell: Fresh pine needles, orange citrus, caramel + bready malts, juniper, grassiness, toffee, raspberry jam, super balanced
Taste: Medium body, meyer lemon, bready malts, doughy bread, white grapiness, caramelized pecan, spruce, hint of juniper, rye + pumpernickel residual, hint of raspberry on finish, lively carbonation
Pairings: Pad Thai
Brew + pairing: Sweet + saltiness plays nicely with this slightly bitter, yet balanced brew
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Picked up another single of this to try again. Here uit is, over two years later, and again the sample appears to be spoiled. Huge head, sour vineous small and taste... Sheese!
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Super foamy and over carbonated - head like a merenge pie. Aroma of hops, sort of winey overtones. Taste is rough - lots of hoppiness but in a rough way. No malt taste - just a sour / bittier hoppiness. Maybe this is going bad. Maybe I shouldn’t rate a possibly spoiled brew. Maybe those who make beer should take the reasonable steps to assure that they deliver a product to the public that does not stink. It pisses me off to buy brews that suck because the brewers lack the compentence to make a product that will taste well when marketed through normal channels. This is a poor brew and I won’t be trying it again.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Chuck’s poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy orange with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Aroma is heavily citrus hops. Taste is heavily bitter. Pine and citrus with some nice grapefruit. Light bodied with a thin texture. Flat carbonation but a long bitter finish. Overall, very good. Something I would like to drink again.
andyhwcinc (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Hyde Park Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, OH; enjoyed during the 2nd week of the NFL season on a rainy Sunday afternoon. This was bottled on Aug ’10 and consumed on Sept ’11, so I hope it’s still ’good’. Appearance a very very cloudy dark gold with a very frothy white head, possibly the most head out of a pale ale I’ve seen yet. Aroma is heavy on the citrus hops, almost a little too citrusy but it’s still nice, a bit sweet as well. Taste also pretty hoppy for a pale ale, dominated by the more citrusy hops. Medium body, above average bitterness for the style, carbonation I’d say is somewhere between average and above average. As it warms there’s a apricot flavor that comes through as well. To be honest I’m pretty happy with this one, good stuff. Above average pale ale.