BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Red Chair IPA bomber from Specs in Houston--Best by 08/19/09---Thanks :o( Pours a deep amber body with a bumpy off-white head that is sticky and leaves some lacing. Aroma of very light piney hops, light sweetness and some caramel. Flavor of medium malty sweet (caramel), lightly hopped and slightly grassy. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Clean, very short mild bitter finish. Very easy drinker. I agree with the re-badging from IPA to APA. Although I thought I had found an "IPA" that my wife liked.
SpringsLicker (3237) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to brewolf for this one!
The pour is medium gold with coppery red tones to it, under an average sized white head.
Subtle hops aromas that try to come out from under the malt.
Slightly bitter with a good dryness coming in for the long smooth finish.
Very well balanced and drinkable Pale Ale.
Padron4KM (633) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, best before May 2010.
Clear amber, thin tan head, spotty lace.
Aroma is caramel with a tiny bit of citrus.
Flavor has a weird sweetness that I canít quite pinpoint, with a citrusy bitter backbone. Finish is grapefruit with some sugar underneath.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear medium-light amber, thin white head with good retention, minor lacing. Mellow aroma with floral hop aromas and malt sweetness. Medium-high sweetness that is balanced well by the hops, though there definitely isnít too much bite from them. Part of the sweetness reminds me of fruity pebbles. Medium body, very slight syrupy texture, medium carbonation.
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle best by 4/22/10. WOW, i was hoping that this one would be a bit better. After reading the reviews, i had somewhat high expectations for this. I was a bit let down. Pours deep amber/copper hue with a fizzy off-white head. nose is more malty than i was expecting (age of bottle?) with a bit of pine/earthy hops under all the sweetness. doesnt seem very well attenuated or balanced. lots of sweet malt flavors here with a touch of pine/earthy hops. if the malts were not so big, this would be pretty decent, but seems to fall flat from its expected delivery. long finish of carmel apple, piney hops that goes on quite a while. Maybe i will find another bottle and re-rate.
Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
~Citrus and candy like hop aroma. The candy aroma is similar to Smarties candies. Also has a sweet caramel and biscuity maltiness. The aroma is a bit sweet smelling.
~Pours a clear copper with creamy white head. Nice lacing
~Sweet caramel and biscuity malt flavor with nice balance of citrusy hops, still a bit on the sweet side for me.
~Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, med CO2. Bittersweet finish.
~Drinkable, borderline cloying sweet for me for a pale ale.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer #2 of IPA night in good old Lethbridge AB. This one was contributed by Cole. Pours a copper colour with a small off white head. Nice lacing. The aroma has loads of piney, stanky hops. Citrus, pine, resin, flowers, and caramel on the obvious dry hopped nose. The flavor is very nice with a pleasant sharp bitterness. Itís like chewing on a pine cone (in a good way) with a itís piney, tarry, bitterness.
phaleslu (7382) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a clear red-amber with a half-inch off-white head that leaves some light and soapy lacing behind. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus, piney hops, resin, and fresh earthy notes. Flavor of piney hops, sweet caramel malts, resin, grapefruit citrus, and syrup. Light-bodied, with average carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. More sweet than bitter, but a nice balance of sweet caramel and bitter pine/hops in the finish. Nice beer, and really nice for the style.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 This very lovely amber-orangle colored pale ale is a great all-around pale ale when you want something tasty but not a knock-out. Not overpowering, but not wimpy on the hops. And great characteristics, might I add! This beer pours a really nice, uber-frothy off-white head, leaving behind some bubbly, yet strong and sticky, lacing. The aroma is fresh and mouth-wateringly hoppy. The flavor simple and straight-forward, a clean sampling of some really great hops and some tasty malts. Superbly fun mouthfeel. Finish lightly reminiscent of freshly brewed barley, light lemon, and a mysterious spice characteristic that makes this a crazily delicious drink. Glad the local grocer started carrying it. SNPA has something to worry about now...
cfrancis (2673) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in a great BIF package. Pours a reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma is caramel and hop. Taste is caramel malts with a great balance of hop bitterness. Really nice beer, great mouthfeel.