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Our American style pale ale is medium to full bodied with an assertive hop bitterness and aroma. The flavor and fragrance of American hops mush with a strong malt backbone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6390) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2003
On tap at DC postal location: Copper hue with medium head and no lacing, thin to medium-bodied. Fruity hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, some toasted malt sweetness is there. The taste is bitter with a piney undertone, lacks balance. Metallic finish, Watery and lively mouthfeel. Less than average APA, hoppy beers are okay, this one is not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2003
At the Baltimore location: Dark copper beer. Bit of the hop character here, but with that "metallic" edge common to American pales. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Clear amber-gold color. Caramel aroma with some bitter notes to it. Refreshing flavor with an aftertaste of tonic water. There's a hint of anise or licorice in there, too. It's different, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2003
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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
This is and OK beer, nothing special. Not a typical Pale, a little too light. GABF 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2002
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
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.

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