jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 This is a re-rating from a beer I had on Tap at Hero's in Manassas, Virginia. I bought this in a bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. The colour is a little odd, darker amber and a nice white head which leaves decent lacing behing on the glasss. The aroma is almost purely hops, but that is a very good thing! The taste is pretty balanced, although a bit vinegary--even from the bottle. Good hoppyness balanced with adequate maltiness combined with decent sweetness. A pretty good pale ale, the first time I had it, it wasn't good at all...but this time in the bottle, I'm pleasantly impressed. One to pick up if you are in Washington or Virginia!
chrisfor (10) - USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Favorite Pale Ale out there now. Very tasty and had the liitle bitterness I want.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very balanced Pale Ale. The hops do not dominate and are nicely complimented by the malt. There is a bread-like quality to this beer that is hard to explain. Somewhat nutty as well. Very drinkable. Thanks to VA Homebrewer for hooking me up.
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very well made pale ale. great hops on the nose and palate. And a nice balance of malt as well.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 That fresh Cascade aroma just nails you in the face before laying down to let the malts shine through. This beer is amber in color, darker than the average pale ale and comes complete with a moderate white head. The citric, astringent hop nose and flavors are also more pronounced than you might expect from an APA. That being said, this has more than enough malt to compliment with toffee, nuts and bread shining through. Finish is clean, but the beer leaves a lingering malt aftertaste. Body is average. A beautiful and balanced pale ale.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
As noted, wonderful color, but flat head, as is typical with the otherwise great Dominion beers. This one is definitely in the APA tradition--fruity, hoppy and wonderful. I think it achieves a great, dynamic balance that some APAs fail to. Nice to have an East Coast rendition.
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pale ale rocks.
A lovely amber hue. The aroma is of roasted malt. The flavor is malty, nutty and especially hoppy. The hops definitely win out overall (hopheads take note). The finish is fizzy, crisp, clean and dry. Just bitter enough to satisfy a hophead on an off day. A great Summer beer for the rest of us.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottled on 6/27/2)This beer is finally avaialbe in bottles. Fresh hop nose mixed with malt. The beer looks great. Good mix of fruit and hops. Well buit American Pale Ale.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clean, refreshing pale. Texture is creamy, but slightly thin. Malts are very much on the fruity side, with enough hoppy bitterness for a decent finish.