noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Nice grapefruit hops aroma, light honey malts. Medium clear amber, thin white head, no lace. Strong citrus hops on the front with honey sweetness, then finishes a little off; the hops are more bitter than aromatic in a way that doesn’t work well with the biscuity malt finish. Medium body, frothy carbonation, prickly hops.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Super clean light copper with a small head. Nice carbonation with bubbles showering to the surface. Good looking pour. Aroma is light hops, pine, malt, grapefruit. Flavor is hops, bitter pine, citrus, malt. Finish is crisp, dry, and slightly bitter. I found it to be quite refreshing.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweetish citrus lemon aromas with a hint of wheat and dough. Golden yellow with a white foamy head. Flavor is slightly bitter with some hay, light hoppiness, some citrus and wheat. Palate is light and crisp. Duration is bitter with a mellowing breadlike final finish.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sampler rack at PW. Pours clear golden orange with thin white head. Mildly hoppy, floral nose. Initial taste isn’t as bitter / hoppy as you’d usually expect from a typical pale. Not bad but far from outstanding...pleasant.
twindadplus2 (592) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear amber color with a good sized foamy head. Aroma of flowery hops, light citrus and malt. Nice floral hops backbone with a bit of bready malt to balance it out. Very nice.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Good stuff, new brew from these guys. Nothin offensive, another good pale ale. Nothin really stood out, but it sure was tasty while sitting in the beer garten listnin to some live tunes!
arnold931 (573) - Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours nice golden with very little head. Nose is citrus. Taste is pine and citrus. Okay.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hops is underplayed. Malt standouts yet mercifully without chalkiness often associated with it. Session ale. If a hop head like me likes it has to have nice craft and flavor going for it.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, pale golden color with never-ending streams of bubbles that feed a thin white head. Aroma is crisp, bitter, earthy, slightly spicy hops with a slight off-putting vegetal element with little of the distinctive piney/flowery/citrusy attributes of PNW-variety hops one has become accustomed to for this style of beer these days. Flavor is crisp and clean, bitter, green-grainy, decent malt support, very light fruity tones, and again no overwhelming pine/flowers/citrus/whatever that this style almost invariably possesses these days. This actually tastes similar to a Kolsch. Finishes with a medium body and a tingly, bubbly palate. <P>I found this beer quite jarring at first, having become so accustomed to the contemporary renderings of this style. but it grew on me after a while. It’s fitting with Capital’s penchant of doing beer the traditional, old-school way rather than trying to re-invent a given style. In that sense, this beer is quite good at what it is -- a pre-PNW-era American pale. Unfortunately, that makes it kind of boring by contemporary APA standards. I won’t go out of my way for this but I won’t run from it either.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured golden with a small head. Aroma was mainly piney hops. Flavor was pine and perhaps some light citrus. A touch bitter. A bit watery. Eh.