IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to OhioDad for this beer.
Poured an effervescent amber with a semi-creamy off-white head. Pleasant aroma of piney hops, touch of citrus. Taste has a modest hop kick with an acidic ctirus character... like a weak pale ale with a twist of lemon. Touch of toffee in the finish. Fairly refreshing, though not nearly assertive enough for an APA.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber color very dark for an APA I thought. Slight head dissipates fairly quickly not much lacing. Most of the aroma is surprisingly caramel malt. A little bit of hops on the back of the aroma but really not that much... Is this really an APA? First few sips were mostly malt flavor for me then I started to notice the bitter and citrus hops on the back of the palate ever so little. This is a very unique APA and It is a little heavier than those I have tried prior to this one. A decent drink and definitely a unique one for th style.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very enjoyable draft at a convention center. no hangover the next day after a good session. I will drink again next time in Columbus
TheBeerGod (5862) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.