Finhead (1546) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange-red with an off-white head. The aroma is citrus and pine. It has a medium body with oily texture and average carbonation. I enjoyed the bittersweet taste and semi-dry finish.
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: This beer poured a real nice looking hazy orange color with an absolute huge white fluffy head. The head was a good four finger size and left a ton and I mean a TON of lacing behind. The head settles down to a light fluff floating on top of my beer. I love the color of this beer. Itís very enticing to say the least.
Smell: Right off the bat orange peel smacks me in the face. Itís like a sweet tangerine mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. This is followed by a piney and floral hop presence but I must mention that the hop nots are light on the nose. Very nice nose
Taste: Wow what a well balanced beer here. There is the slight hop bite mixed with orange and mango fruitiness. There is a breadiness and toasted character found in it also. I am also finding a caramel taste in it that seems to add a background sweetness that is super enjoyable!
Mouthfeel: I find this beer to be super creamy in the mouth. It almost feels as though I squirted whipped cream in my mouth and have that creamy feeling left behind. The carbonation is moderate at best and I believe this adds to the creamy feeling of this beer.
Overall: I true pleasure to drink this one. I mean I could sit back and put away quite a few of these. Not overly hoppy and not overly sweet or fruity either. Just an absolute perfect balance to be able to enjoy any time. I know this one was past itís prime according to the best by date but itís excellent IMO even three months past said date.
RobertDale (5093) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper with a nice biege head. Aroma of citrus, pine, grass, and caramel. Taste is citrus, florals, pine, malt, and caramel. A bit on the hoppy side. Well done!!
saxo (16111) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, notes of nuts, fruits, malt and hops.
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting @ Winter Warmer in Asheville.
Pour: Amber, copper pour. Nice thick collar of foam.
Aroma: Pleasant floral, citrus bouquet. Bright nose.
Taste: Excellent balanced body. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel, buttery malts blend beautifully with crisp hop flavors. Dry, refreshing finish.
Overall: An awesome clean brew. I could see this becoming a staple in my beer fridge, if Deschutes would distribute to NC. The guys that manned the tasting booth at the Winter Warmer were first class guys. I enjoyed speaking with them about their brew. Genuinely excited about what they were doing.
ads135 (3934) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice take on the American IPA. Dark golden appearance. Nice head retention. Not too bitter but with a pleasant citrus sweetness. Tried in KC in 2012.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and other citrus hops with some pine hops, and sweet caramel malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and other citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile.
Strykzone (6216) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at handlebar. Copper hue with a bit of red. A small layer pf beige foam. A noce nose of floral hops, brown sugar and cinnamon. Those are also tasted. Some citrus, too but floral seems to be in front. This is what I want a pale le to be.
seab0ss (3) - Arcata, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was very impressed by its simultaneous complexity and smoothness. One of the best pale ales Iíve had. Also the 6.2 ABV creeps up on you, it goes down like a 5 or so.
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is fruit and hoppiness. Flavor starts with a good dose of sweet malt with some bready notes. Hops show up rather quickly with a nice balancing bitterness. Easy drinker.