BlackEyePA (573) - USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic style. I was a fan of Mirror Pond and I love IPAs. So the 2 styles have come together to form a really great beer. The color is pale red gold. The aroma is fresh hops, malty goodness. The taste is like an irish red- pale ale that was dry hopped. The palate is treated to hops and malt but a nice happy medium, leaning to the side of a few hops. Overall great beer. It isnt an IPA hop monster and it isnt a normal Pale ale, but I recommend this one to anyone, especially if you like some hops.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Slightly sweet caramel tones with pitchy hops in the background. Clear amber colored with thin white head. Slight lemon/grapefruit hop flavor starts with semi-sweet caramel malt background. Moderated bitterness. Medium light bodied with good carbonation. Slightly harsh piney bitterness.
grimreaperguru (260) - santee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear light amber color with an off white head.Got a the aroma of strong citrus hops.The flavor is of bitter citrus hops with a light sweet note.gose down real nice and leaves a real good bitter aftertaste.Overall a great pale ale.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from The Liquor Collection in Honolulu, HI. Pours a clear, brighter amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is piney, lightly spiced citruses with some resiny grapefruits and pineapples. Lightly sweetened caramel with a touch of chewy toffee biscuit and some tropical fruitiness to the hops as well. Flavor is pretty nice. Lots of juicier and resiny pines up front with a grapefruit and pineapple citrus splash along with a bit of a tropical fruitiness. Nice caramel sweetness behind the hops with another hint of chewy toffee. The hops then completely dry this and grow into the finish slightly with a light PNW earthy spice. Bitter pines, earth, somewhat juicy grapefruits, and a light caramel finish this off with a balanced, medium, somewhat resiny bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste with a hint of toastiness creeping in. Medium body and soft, crisper, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice pale ale. Lots of PNW hops with some juicy, resiny citruses and a pleasant caramel balance that clearly allows the hops to shine. Well done.
Alphadelic (2082) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks super nice. Pure thick citrusy hop on the nose with maybe a hint of dense and syrupy caramel beneath. Super zingy in the mouth. That is totally its main point and it is highlighted by the tight yet puffy bubbles. The bitterness is mild though it is there. The flavour is very fresh and clean. The whole beer seems to float on air really. There is nothing too much to think about which is a welcome change and makes it a pleasure to drink.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is huge on canned lychee fruit, some light canned peach, and mandarin oranges as well. Pretty unique stuff, as these scents are a departure from the standard pale ale scents. Flavors are somewhat similar but a bit dialed back when compared with the aroma, as there is ample caramel, the lychee flavor, and just a bit of breadiness (would’ve liked more). Finish is sweet for a pale ale, with the caramel and orange flavors lingering before ending completely as a faint bitterness halts the sweetness. Some powdered Tang too. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat slick, and carbonation is spot on. Overall I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer, but the flavor was disappointing.
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, blueberry and hop aroma. Deep amber-red color with a foamy head. Hoppy, caramel, hop, and soggy grass flavors. Nice smooth texture matched with a bubbly hop finish. Nice beer for the cabin.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice everyday beer. Pours a red/amber with small tan head leaving very little lacing. Nice aroma with citrus and some sweet malt notes...something else in there that I can’t quite put my finger on...hit of vanilla maybe. More hoppy that a typical Pale Ale, but with plenty of malty balance. First impression is citrus/hops followed by the sweeter malty flavors with a nice dry finish. Good beer...very drinkable.
Bif (1922) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Bottle- Pours a nice amber color with a small tan head that fades to fine lacing. Has a mild citrus and grain aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.
Starts with a light cirus bite then a touch of malty sweetness and a touch of spice. Quite dry finish. Medium body, smooth, clean and well balanced. Very drinkable. This is a good anytime beer, nothing fancy or hyped, just a great goto beer.
RedSox2004 (1587) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish orange with a thin head that dissipated rather quickly but left nice lace. Citrus hops aromas up front, with ample support from caramel and bread. Sharp lemon and orange bite offset by a chewy breadiness. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sticky texture. Very pleasant - a nice beer to always have on hand.