oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can sample- pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Frothy head, minor soapy lacing. Nose- grapefruit pith, some malt sweetness. Taste- citrus (candied oranges), grapefruit, marmalade with a bready malt backbone. Crisp carbonation and nice body. Very drinkable
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned sample. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are predominantly floral, backed by hoppy elements of mango and orange marmalade. Flavours are a mix of dry biscuity malts, sharp tropical fruits, faint caramel and a herbal/black pepper finish. Light bodied, hoppy, firm bitterness, and quite refreshing. Cleaner than the IPA, which I like.
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent clear dark gold body with a modest pillow of thick head on top. Soft aroma of lemony malts and plenty of hops. Flavour is a bit of bready malt followed by a modestly hoppy finish. Good dry palate. Well done and very drinkable.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish banana like hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee along with a pleasant earthy and sweet citrus hop presence. I’m picking up pine needle as well as some pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel. The hop notes are there but the English barley/malt notes dominate here.
Medium bodied and much more hop forward than the aroma suggest. There is a good amount of bitterness with hints of earthy pine needle but this is balanced by slight sweet citrus and the malt backbone. Dry throughout and only slightly sweet with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone provides balance but is a tad too strong for my liking. Dry finish. Overall this beer is very well balanced, flavorful and pretty quaffable. One of the better examples of an APA(if you like them hoppy).
JoeZasada (288) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours a golden yellow with a thin but lasting white head. Mild grassy aroma. Tastes of light malts and some grassy hops. Slight citrus notes in the bitterness. Finishes grassy. Not really bitter enough to be an APA, more of an English pale ale. Still good though...
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 A - Bready and citrus
A - Light gold with thin white head
A - Sweet citrus with a nice controlled, hoppy, bitter finish
P - A touch watery, with soft carbonation
O - A great offering. A North American pale ale with additude, you got to love it.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden pour, small white head. Dank, earthy, citrusy nose on this. Biscuity caramel sweetness on the flavor with earthy, herbal, dank hops and a little citrus. Pretty straightforward, but definitely one of the better pale ales I’ve had from Canada.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz can thanks to Nellie) clear medium yellow with a film of bubbles. Nose of clean citrus (oranges and mango), light grain. Taste of earth, cracker, oranges, cream, and yeast. Soft smooth finish.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz can, courtesy of Nellie) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, florals, and herbal notes. Flavor of orange, caramel, and some bread with a bitter finish.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with two finger’s worth of rocky white head that leaves some great lacing.
S: Mildly sweet citrus hops up front, mostly oranges, a light sweetness to the malt, and a fair amount of bread character. Pretty much what you expect from a pale ale.
T: Maybe leaning a bit more toward the bread side of things with a slight sweetness of caramel. The hops are again mostly orange flavored with a bit of an earthy spice note in there as well. The bitterness is fairly mild.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Decent, but nothing to write home about.
D: I think the IPA is probably a bit better. I liked this one a fair amount, and it works well as your standard pale ale.