Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper-orange with a forthy off white head that quickly recedes to a film that laces the glass.
The aroma is spicy, piney, resinous hops, some melon and some bready malt.
The flavor is peppery, melony hops with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin and very watery.
Overall, I was rather disappointed with this. Way too watery and not a lot of good hop flavor, just some peppery bitterness.
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery orange. Sticky white froth deposits abundant lace. Vibrant flowery hop aroma consists of anise and complementary notes of toasted biscuits. Clean airy esters stimulate the olfactory senses as well. Soft and fluffy natural carbonation condenses on the palate. Early stage of the flavor is slightly grainy but noticeably juicy with hops. Firm kiss of toasted biscuits and nutty malts enhances the hops. Despite the slightly earthy yeast character, which fills the center with flavor and depth while also bolstering the body, the level of attenuation is perfect. Light acidity prolongs the well-structured toasted malts, which last well into the balanced finish. Closes understatedly bitter with a gentle drop of tropical-fruit acidity which underscores the lingering nutty and strawlike malts. The hop aroma is relatively subdued, but there’s lots to love about this: It’s cleanly aromatic, has an understated but effective hop bitterness, is quite estery, and is very refined. Of course being bottle conditioned and fairly priced is also a plus. An ideal session brew.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget on Covell Blvd in Davis, CA. Sampled after Reaper Deathly Pale Ale. Nose is rather estery with some banana notes along with some ethanol presence as well. SLight sweet nose, but lots of booze. Aroma is somewhat disappointing from this brewer. Transparent oragey-copper body with a small off-white head and below-average lacing. Tingly, carbonated start, which turns rather grainy with lots of malts present. Lots of cereal and biscuity, and grainy malts in the middle. Light caramel. Finishes less hoppy than the Reaper Deathly Pale. FInishing hops are a bit floral, sweet, and citric. This is quite drinkable and rather flavorful and balanced. Too bad the aroma is mediocre.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. Golden Amber with a decent head. Lots of Apricot/Peach aromas. Mostly fruity hop aromas. Flavors were some vanilla like malts, but more bitterness and fruit flavors from the hops than anything else. Not Bad.
Ralphie (14) - Post Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz Bottle, poured somewhat hazey, some off notes in the aroma maybe its the fresh hops, the flavor tatsed like wet socks at this point I poured it out maybe a bad bottle I dunno.
skoisirius (1347) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Latona Pub in Seattle. Pours an orangery ambery hue with golden tints to it when light touches the brew. A good sized, leaning towards foamy off white head sites atop the beer. The aroma has a citrusy hop note combined with a bit of grapefruits. The flavor has a very straight forward hit on the bitter hops when first touching the palate. This moves gently into a nicely balanced piney hop note with a sweeter malt backing to it. You can definitely taste the fresh hop near the finish. Overall, enjoyable, nothing out of the ordinary though. Decent pale.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Tastival 2006 SNOB Event – Tap]
A nice tasty fresh hopped beer with a nice head and a deep amber orange color golden color. This was a very good beer and I liked the malty undertones and the hops where a great addition. Nice use of Crystal hops.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice orange amber color with a small head that laced nicely. The aroma was all grapefruits. Clearly grapefruits in the flavor (almost to an IPA level) with some resinous malty flavors in the background. Lots of citrus, some caramel malts. Mouthfeel was light to moderate and carbonated. My kind of pale ale or IPA.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by The Hood River Bandit. Brilliant dark copper, with a perfect tan head. Aroma is nice delicate balance between pine and floral hops, with a huge malt backbone. Flavor starts with a big caramel and toffee kick. Finishes with a nice pine hop bite, leaves you salivating for more. Nice smooth and billowy soft mouthfeel. Not exactly a thirst quencher, but a highly sessionable beer.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Came across this in the old backstock of one of my accounts. Great pine cone nose, dusty, but still well balanced, this is a great pale ale. A commandingly sweet malt backbone, fresh and clean hoppiness, very crisp and light on the palate. Lots of orange fruit acidity rounds out this refreshing beer, that really wakes up your mouth.