argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 (9/6/06) Beers change. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of a brewpub, where thereís really no commitment to consistency. Take this beer for instance, where 3.5 years since my last rating of it, either itís undergone a complete transformation, or else the batch-to-batch variance is insane. Clear amber body topped by an off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, solid grapefruit, light caramel, pineapple. Light-medium body, crisp with light resin. (7/4/8/4/15)
(3/17/03) Clear amber body. Aroma is faint, mild sweet, malty. Taste is lightly roasted malts with some floral hops, finishing floral hoppy and roasty bitter. (5/3/6/3/12)
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is and OK beer, nothing special. Not a typical Pale, a little too light. GABF 2002
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not great, especially for the price. Has a fairly nice head, and the aroma is classic Pale Ale. But this is nothing to write home about.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was probably my favorite Capitol City beer in their sampler. A very pleasant, hoppy brew that went down easily. Not thin at all. Better than the Amber Waves Ale.
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not one of the better APAís Iíve had, very thin, not a whole lot of body, not much character either, pretty similar in a lot of ways to the Amber Waves Ale, not much of a head, no real outstanding hoppy flavors at all
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very impressed by the head on this one--was doing a sampler platter and didnít get to this one for about 15 minutes and the head was still happily waiting for me. Is really just a generic, standard APA. Itís slightly fruity with a big, hoppy character, leaning quite heavily toward the bitter hops end. Lacks balance. Finish is very long and too dry.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capitol Cityís beers are like many brew pubs, too inconsistent and malty for my tastes. They remind me of homebrews that Iíve made and thatís not necessarily a good thing. I think the Pale Ale is the best of the three that I tried at their downtown DC brewery. Hoppy enough to cut through that tourist thirst and thatís all that matters, in this setting, I think.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2001
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thereís actually not a whole lot of difference between this and their Amber. The same decent hop strength and basic round maltiness - this one maybe a tad sharper.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2001
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant aroma & nice clear amber color - light hop character, not enough for style though. Still a pleasant brew on a hot day.