Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice, easy-sipping pale ale. Smoothly malty with nary a trace of hops. Could use a bit more oomph, but it was a welcome relief from the BudMillerCoors that completely dominated what passed for the beer market in Des Moines, Iowa.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a slightly above average APA. It maintains a nice frothy head till the glass is empty. It has a nice hoppiness which balances well with the caramel malt. Somewhat bitter finish. I traded some of Lakefront Brewery's finest for this one, I think I got the worse end of the deal.
3fourths (8029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like peaches, with a slightly hoppy aroma. This is a very carbonated ale, more so than the many other Boulevard ales, which has me confused why they call this their "flagship beer". Overall this pale is rather average and boring. I may try again in the future, but if there's another pale available I think I'll pass on this one.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased in an annoyingly frat-happy bar in Iowa City, meaning that it was served by an obnoxiously perky waitress who brought it in a glass so cold there were ice chunks floating in the glass. Yes, itís December in Iowa and I was just begging for a beersicle. Thanks, Mitzi. Anyways, itís pretty much your standard pale ale fare. Once it warmed, I noticed some definitely lemony hints in the Cascades. Definite malts, help sweeten out the finish. Light colored, clear bright golden color. Pretty much just a standard, run-of-the-mill pale ale, nothing fancy, nothing bad.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flashes of hop brilliance in this cascades-based APA. Not at all unlike Sierra Nevada, with a bit less bitterness and hop flavor rush. Nicely balanced and sometimes elegant. Could use a little more punch.
GrandMasterSexay (26) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not bad, not bad at all. tastes a lot like the Grain Belt products. just not as good.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 Good bitter hops taste. Beautiful copper color in the glass. Just the right amount of head. Doesn't have a specific character, but overall a good beer if you're having more than one. Wish it was a little heavier.
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 Rating for draught version. Some sweet, very lightly honeyish and caramel malt aroma with some faint hoppiness. Bright golden in color with a decent head and abundant carbonation. Flavor is also largely malty, some faint toasted bread and sweetness and eventually sees a bit of Cascade hoppiness. Finish is lightly citrusy, hoppy and effervescent. Light to medium bodied and fairly thin on the palate. This beer is so ubiquitous in these parts as to be largely synonymous with American Pale Ale as a style. Thatís not entirely a bad thing.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely drinkable at all seasons of the year. Best on tap and not ice-cold. Some would debate the addition of a lemon to the brew, I say adding a slice makes me feel more like a woman.
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pretty good pale with moderate hop presence..lacks the citrusy bitterness of some of the better APAís