TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent ruby-brown with a tall ecru head. Nose seems dominated by malt. The taste is sweet. There is a caramel taste to go with the malt and I cannot detect much in the way of hops. There is a sort of bread dough taste to it as well. The finish has some light bitterness to it but leans towards being semi-sweet. There is almost a plastic or synthetic aftertaste to it which detracts from what is otherwise a good beer.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The best thing about this beer was the balance - the malts and hops offset each other perfectly. It just needs a little bit more overall "umph."
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, dark copper pour. Thick off-white head. A fruity nose, somewhat faint, but some hops can be detected. Hoppy flavor, hint of orange. Quite smooth and very drinkable. Pretty decent! I enjoyed this. Bought this bottle at Total Wine in Manassas, VA.
freekyp (1619) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 Reddish brown with full off white head. Slight orange/grapefruit in nose. Not thick bodied, and very refreshing. Similar taste characteristics to Magic Hat #9 but less prominent in the grapefruit department. Hops are subdued. Pleasant fruity aftertaste.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Although i prefer an APA over an EPA i felt this was true to the style. Dry, medium body, slite bite. A good epa all around.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This beer smells and tastes like an English ale, with just enough of that American hop bite. Somewhat chewy malt medium body, very drinkable, a good ole' beer.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
enjoyable! poured a nice dark amber color with very little head. Had a smooth, but under-hopped taste. Its mild bitterness was accompanied buy sweet notes. It finished smooth and not dry, a nice summer beer.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this from a bottle. It has a nice light amber color. The taste is balanced but seems a bit light. The hops seem almost nonexistent. I do prefer APAs over EPAs however. Good solid beer without a lot of noticeable qualities.
Ernest (6670) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Bottle, BB Aug 06 (and still called Pennant Ale ’55).
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange), trace yeast (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Easy going quaffer, nothing special.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, clear, reddish brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. It has a nice malty aroma typical of English pale ales. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely malty with hints of caramel with a mild hoppiness appearing in the finish. Very smooth and tasty. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. Good ale.