Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
So-so aroma and aprrearance. This beer really stood out in it’s maltiness. The malts were huge, a little roasty, and grape-ish with little abation. The hops kick at the end I was waiting for never happened. It actually finished fairly like a wine, pretty thin, with a red, dry wine aftertaste. That sensation was totally unexpected and I have to say it took a little getting used to. Puzzling to say the least.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Nice lightish brown color with a white/beige head which lasts. Very sweet aroma and taste from lots of malt flavors, which overpower any hop presence. It leaves a wierd aftertaste and has an off taste as it is going down. Just average.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful soft copper color. with a cloudy body. Initially sports a thick off-white head that thins out and clings to the perimeter of the glass. Thick, sweet Maris Otter malt aroma. A slightly winey odor as well. Immensely sweet, so much so that any hop flavor is soundly squashed like a bug. As I finish the beer I still can’t figure out whether or not I like it. Strange.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in color, frothy head. Clean aroma with hints of malt. The flavor has a definite British Isles quality, reminiscent of Newcastle Brown Ale but with more flavor. I think the yeast gives it the flavors I’m detecting, which also remind me of home brewed ale. The style seems much closer to Brown Ale than pale ale. Maybe it’s the absence of Cascade hops, which have become so prevalent in American pale ales in recent years. This beer has its own unique flavor and appeal. Nice to taste something different from the pack but I miss the Cascades because I think American craft brewers have gone one better than their British cousins in the pale ale category. Now English style ales seem lacking in zest and flavor compared to their American counterparts in the craft brewing business.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing spectacular here. Rather a bland english style pale ale. The aroma is weak but that balances out the weak flavor.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear glowing light amber. Fat, sticky and foamy light tan head. Zero carbonation. Aroma of grassy and floral hops with a slight citric topping. Pale malt wisps. Clean and smooth with buttery malts and a grassy/floral hop balance. Medium light body. Dryish. Very English in malt and yeast flavor. Yorkshire maybe? Finishes with a light fruity slickness. Decent.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light chestnut colored. Very fast head collapse leaving a thin lace. Nose of cookie dough malts,nuts and light hopping. Thinnish,watery body with nice malts, the middle is a bit acidic and dry with a forgettable bland and watery finish. Hops seem out of place(unbalanced)Very average. Perhaps a bad batch for I am a bit past the freshness date.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like more hoppy pale ales than this one. Its missing something in my opinion. Sort of a watery aftertasted.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
looks just great. it does have a sweet aftertaste - probably wouldn’t have more than 2 of these in a row.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate-brown color, flimsy head, emanating an inviting roasted hazelnut, flowery hops, and chocolate aroma. I was therefore suprised by the overall strength of the predominant yeast, which bullies the roasted caramel, barley, hops, and light chocolate flavors. Finishes slightly bitter, almost stinging, but is underminded by the overall watery character.