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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Specially kilned Crystal malt and a generous portion of American cascade hops are used for a refreshing, spicy aroma, and a long, dry finish. Great with food, it’s big, bold, and bittersweet. Named best beer in Ohio and winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Championships. Four Stars-Great Lakes Beer Guide.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of ???. Copper with a small frothy white head. Nose is hoppy and floral with light maltiness. Some fruit creeping in at times. Taste is hoppy with some maltiness and light fruit. Medium body with decent carbonation. Finish is more hops and light malt. Some citrusy fruit notes as well.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
(12oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral. Taste is mild sweet, rarthy, floral, light fruity. Light-medium body, light acidity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Clear sparkling copper body topped by a foamy collapsing off-white head. Decent lace. The aroma is light citrus and floral hops. The flavor is more floral than citrus, light bread and caramel. Medium-light body, very lively carbonation. Too fizzy, other than that decent for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Deep copper-orange. Nose hoppy and a bit citric. Flavor is quite hoppy, mostly just bitter, maybe some orange peel. Some intriguing malts, kind of a chocolate-cocoa hint there. Extremely fizzy stuff. A decent APA.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2004
This pours a lighter amber with a thin light yellowish head. Aroma of light pine. Couldn’t get much else. Thin mouthfeel. The taste is sweet with ginger and a malty finish. Bready. Thanks milkmandan.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Clear golden amber. Caramelly sweet lightly cascadey aroma. Lightish hops are a bit lacking, but I rather like this. A bit sweetish in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 As the user name implies, I’m quite a fan of this beer. However, it is mostly for sentimental reasons. As a student at OSU this was the local beer that nudged me away from kegs of Natti Light every weekend. Yes, it is light on the hops, but the overall package is very pleasing. Much better on tap than in the bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Stange one here. The hops are so hidden - in the aroma and the taste. The appearance is dark copper. The malting is assertive and the way they are "specially kilned" makes a diference, as there is a slight nutty/roasted taste. There is a lingering sourness that is curious. Not a bad beer at all - but not at all an APA.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours dark amber with a small head. Taste is one that I do not understand. Almost no hops, and very malty. Very bland and thick for a pale ale. Thumbs down.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
way, Way, WAY back in the day, in my earliest days on the site, when my fave style was APA, this was one I wanted. So, a long wait ensues, and now as an OH native, I can enjoy this. But not fresh, I hasten to add. I can tell this would be lovely - the malt balance is there, good vegetal aroma, and it is nicely bittered with grapefruit; but a bit of souring around the edges and some pillowy head formation make me think that a slight infection is creeping in. Still, good, and I long for a fresher sample.


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