CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy off-white head. Dry toasty pale malty aroma has some earthy hop presence. Full, malty and bittersweet body has some mild light fruitiness toward a dry, mildly hoppy finish. A decent pale ale, but somewhat bland.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle] Pours a murky reddish amber color. Aroma is somewhat fruity.. taste is fruity, with decent malt presence. Not too much in terms of hops. Not bad at all.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear dark copper color with a thin off-white head. Malty aroma with a lot of caramel, earthy, and possibly a little butterscotch. Malty flavor. Barely any hops. Dull carbonation. Touch of bitterness. Seems like a straight foward ESB to me.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle-pours a 2 finger high, rich, rocky, tan head that laces. Cloudy burnt orange color with effervescence. Aroma is malt, creamy, musty, background hops. Taste is a burst of hops with some bite, then balanced by a creamy, sweet malt and fruity. Nice. (much different tasting when I had it later with food)
PorterPounder (6218) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
HighlanderOne (1072) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zalix (1) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A great refreshing handcrafted English style ale. Not overly hoppy, has a bold tast and smooth finish.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.