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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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An amber English-style ale that has a nice balance between hops and malt. It's the most popular of our beers and the most versatile in terms of pairing with food or people.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6046) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Oyster Bar Restaurant, Grand Central Station, NYC - 12 oz bottle. Pours slightly murky, dark orange with a light, but long lasting white head. Pleasant, nutty aroma, not real strong though. Good pleasant bitter flavor with hints of spice and some subtle fruity notes like nectarines. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Iíve unintentionally let this one age a bit, and coupling that with the misfortunate Iíve had with Cisco beers in general, Iím opening this expecting the worst. But wow, this is a really solid pale ale. Maybe the aging has played a part in this, but this beer is really malty, nutty, toasty, lightly roasty, somewhat sweet and caramely, and even a little earthy. Bitterness is mild, picking up just a bit in the finish, but this is very much a malt dominated beer. The nose is also very malty, with toast and earth being the most prominent. Body is medium with an average mouthfeel and carbonation level. Solid amber color and fairly clear in appearance, the beer has a light-tan head that builds to a half an inch on the pour before settling to a ring. A smattering of carbonation bubbles rise randomly through the beer. Lacing is not happening. I should probably try this fresh at some point just to see how different it might be, but Iíll tell you, this is a damn good beer when aged.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1051) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Had more than one of these on a boat cruise around Manhattan, of all places. Poured a nice, dark amber from the bottle. Didnít detect much hop in the aroma. Taste was a pleasant surprise. Had a complex malt nuttiness to it, with the hops in the background. Taste and feel improved as you drank. Lacing followed the beer down the glass. Great finish. Unique for an American pale ale. Definitely one I will look for again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Had this on tap while in Nantucket and bought a bottle to bring home. Great smell, huge head, nice color, very flavorful but thin and a bit watery. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
zalix (1) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005 does not count
A great refreshing handcrafted English style ale. Not overly hoppy, has a bold tast and smooth finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3236) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pretty amber colored body that supports a tall head of off-white. Nice clean mild hop aroma with a caramel malt aroma on the side. The flavor is mildly sweet but comes on a watery palate with little depth or complexity.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Tap. Cloudy orange amber. fairly easy going, lightly floral hops, and sweetish malts, light and refreshing, but nothing else, a little thin.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2005
on tap at the Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA...Clear amber pour - No head. Faint aroma.... Faint hop presence... Faint taste... BLEH

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2005
Pears everywhere and fruit where there was not pear! Beer is best when cold unless it tastes better warm! This was cold. Yay Beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a thin amber body with a small head. Hops are hard to identify exactly, but Iíd agree with the doughy smell. Finishes bitter and feeling more fruity. Iím not sure this one deserves to be poured out of a 750ml bottle. Whatís up with the carbonation? This one barely pours a head with a belligerent pour. Whatever, itís better than a junk lager, not much else.


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