Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange-amber, bright white 1cm foam. Light fresh orange zest fragrance with caramelic malt underneath. Hop profile is grassy. Honey and earth notes. Taste is fresh with earthy oranges peaks, peaches-like malt and what I found to be mostly grassy in the aroma here appears mostly floral and minty. Very quaffable straightforward verison of the style. Definitely doesn’t have the complexity or stand-out characteristics to be worth seeking, but pleasant enough to try if you have the chance. Great creamy mouthfeel, airy and foamy medium body.
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber with a nice head. Aroma is slightly citrusy, with nice hop notes. Taste is also citrusy and slightly hoppy. Good fizz in the mouth. A well-rounded brew.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured orange with a medium off white head. Light citrus aroma with mild hops. Slight tomato sauce aroma as well. Taste is pretty thin. Light hops and malt and some acidity. A below average pale ale.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Clear golden-peach body with a foamy, cream-colored head. Nice clean aroma that is fruity (nectarines and grapefruit) and perfumy with some light, toasty malt. Well-balanced flavor is semi-dry with some fresh pale and toasty malt and subtle hops that build slowly to take on a woody quality and leave a medium bitter finish. A refreshing, nice APA that is subtle and not too aggressive. Freshness is critical with this beer as I’ve had a subpar experience with this in the past.
Notes from an earlier rating:
Light copper body with moderate carbonation and minimal soapy white head. Citrus and floral nose with some light toasted fruity malts. Baking soda and considerable acidity in the flavor. Mouthfeel suggests seltzer. Not right. 7,3,5,3,9 = 2.7
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, toasted bread malt (L); floral, citric hops (L). Deep gold body. Lightly sweet flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly sweet finish. Unripe green apple aftertaste. Medium-light body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: tastes like it wasn’t conditioned long enough.
Braudog (6069) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange and highly malted yet lightly and evenly hopped. Pleasantly fizzy on the tongue. Very good.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Disappointing. Can barely detect hops in the aroma. Beer is off-balanced. Light body, bitter, not enough malt. Bland without much flavor.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chill hazen dark yellow with a slight bronzed tone to its body, thin dense white foamy top reached a finger high before fading quickly down to whispy fringe and thin collar, lacing in spots and tiny strings. Aroma is of Cascade hops moslty, grassy and floral, yet sweet with some fruity notions of malts inbetween. Taste intially hoppy with slight citrus and grass, fades off to a sweet middle of bready thick malts then dries out to a lingering bittersweet hoppiness that keeps a touch of zing on the tongue. Good finish with lingering hop spice and resin oils sticking well but light and nonabrasive. Feel is close to a medium body, albiet somewhat on the lighter side, still has some creamy, slick and quiet carbonation, and a dry, slightly spicey hop finish. Very drinkable, very soothing, a bit on the malty side, but the hops partake a good balance in its finish to make up for it.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 This pale comes in right behind SNPA, for me: solid malt background, refreashing hoppiness, nice balance; fine brew.
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Golden color with off-white head. NIce fruity flavor with some subtle hops. I would like a little more ’umph,’ but this isn’t too bad.