drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this on draft yesterday and it is far better that way than in bottles. To wit: It had a nice foamy, textured head with lots of clingy lace. The color was a lovely golden hue. Had very fresh and clean aromas mainly of hop and a hint of yeast and some carmel malt. The taste was very nicely balanced. It very definitely a session beer and must be a hallmark in the production of the City Brewery here in La Crosse. I understand there are slightly more bittering units than in the legendary Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I like this one better and I WANT MORE!!! Hurrah for this Upper Mid-West Pale Ale!!! Had this one yesterday at the Bodega.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a surprisingly good American Pale Ale. Quite excellent, actually. Not nearly as hoppy as my favorite stuff from Stone, but still very good. Nice, hoppy bready aroma, smooth, good, clean finish. I like it a lot.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
City's credo must be "Livin' life on the lighter side" because all their beers that I have tried are doing just that. Not that I am complaining. This APA is quite crisp and clean tasting with a nice "ping" of hops that I haven't experienced in other ales. The flavor involves touchs and hints of malt and sweetness, with the delicacy and finesse of a post-pubescent Goldfinch fluttering and flirting in an amber evening's sunset. It makes me smile.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Bodega, nice hoppy nose, amber, with a small vanilla head. Hoppy, citrus flavour, good malt background. Chewy, almost crunchy. Bold, big and very good!
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescnet amber with a fizzy amber head. Aroma of nice grapefruit and pine hops with some sugary sweetness. Taste is strong bitter grapefruit hops up front with a viscous caramel sweetness. Pretty thick body for the style. Feels and tastes like a bigger beer. Overall a nice pale ale and a surprising find.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A translucent amber to copper color as it sets in the glass, the head portly in size, spumous in texture, light tan in color and the residual lace a nice sheet to seal off the glass. Malt dominates the nose, somewhat sweet, crisp and fresh, with the start malt, lightly sweet, the top skinny in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidic bite, the hops pleasant in their spicy presence, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, a nice middle of the road Pal Ale, a good Summertime refresher.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper, off-white head. Nose lightly hoppy, bit citric. Pleasing flavor, orange/citrus hops, decent sweetness. Nice palate, not thin or grainy, decent creaminess.
adamturman (4) - USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another City Brewery beer. This one is on the subtle side of pale ales. Itís not real hoppy, but thereís taste, itís just not a huge taste. Good stuff though, and somewhat local to me.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a moderate bubbly head. Aroma of hops, some roasty malt. Moderate mouth feel with a roasted flavor up front, with a solid hop bite in the finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Nice thick foamy head, some lacing, orange-amber appearance. Extra point for a really great label. Hoppy, fruity nose, pretty sharp for a pale actually, but with a bit of caramel to balance. Flavor not quite as hoppy, more malty, slightly woody/smoky. Decent finish; a real surprise at $4 a six-pack.