311Lebowski (7) - Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a nitro tap, stronger hop aroma than I remembered. Cascades nicely with a thick creamy lacing. extremely easy drinking and has a much better flavor than when poured from a bottle
Banksiz (17) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Malty nose with a hint of citrus and apple. Reddish amber, not really a pale ale. Nicely balanced bitterness and sweetness. Good mouth feel, bitter finish. Very pleasant and easy drinking. The only fault was a slight harshness to the bitter finish. Other than that it was much in the spirit of a good English best bitter.
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This has seven malts? Slightly cloudy a-a-amber, white head. OK boring appearance part out of the way, now for the good stuff. Nose is candied orange peel (mm), good quality grape punch (one of my favourite hop characteristics). Flavour is same with a bit of dry hop grassiness, slight toast, not ruined by caramel malt. The way an APA should be... just looked up their Mirror Pond and they call it the "quintessential pale ale" but this fits that description much better for me. Love those grape hop flavours.
Gerbeer (1496) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a red/orange with little head. Aromas of oranges and toasted malts. Flavors of bitter grapefruit, strong pine, some candy and resin. Didnít get the malts.. Off balance.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 3/14/14
Clear golden-amber pour with a fluffy white head that is well-retained.
Acidic, piney hops in the nose contribute some dry fruitiness, more pine sap and mild citric notes. Some maltiness, though itís somewhat bready/biscuity and dosent really help with the already overly dry, acidic hop notes. Clean, otherwise, at least. Iíve had some real aspirin bombs from Deschutes and this isnt one of them.
Plentiful bitterness easily overwhelms the palate. Citrus, pine, red fruits and some dry, biscuity, rather grainy malts. Light sweetness adds a touch of balance and Iíve certainly had more out-of-balance hop bombs, but Iím going to have to go ahead and disagree with their commercial description. Seems exactly like a one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Moderate carbonation, decent enough mouthfeel. I guess itís still aimed at the person who just likes a mouthful of hop bitterness....Yawn.
tdmuel (250) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish orange with a light tan head. Nice pine on the nose, lots of bright fruits and citrus, biscuity malt and a little sweetness. Really nice amount of malt on the taste, rounded out by nice floral and citrus hops and a hint of caramel. Really well made, malt forward pale ale;
xoldlady (9) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap aprŤs ski at snowbowl, AZ. An appropriate quaff. Might just be the atmosphere, but I do like this. Like Fat Tireís hoppy brother. No complaints here.
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts out with caramel and honey malt flavors, a little pine, finishes with floral and citrus hops.
MrPlow (7) - - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber colour. malty aroma with a hit of hops. Malty flavour with a fair hit of citrous hops at the end and the alcohol well balanced. Smooth on the palate with some bite from the carbonation and a bitter finish.
pdx77 (1028) - Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Dark amber color. Aroma is biscuit and caramel malts with a sweet citrus hop note. Taste is caramel, light rye, grapefruit, and slightly sweet tropical citrus. The bitter is paired fairly well with the biscuit and sweet malts. Citrus is quite prevalent in the finish.