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This rich, red ale is made in the American Pale Ale style. It has a strong hop character, medium body, dry finish, and floral hop aroma. We use pale Two-Row Brewer’s malt, Caramel 80 and 40 Lovibond malt, and Munich malt. For bittering and aroma Willamette, Cascade, and Tettnang hops are used in the kettle and as dry hopping in the fermenter.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2004
(draft) Somehow I had neglected this beer all these years, and I really have been missing out. Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium swet, grapefruit/floral, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, floral/grapefruit, light caramel -- not especially bitter, but there is some bite. Light-medium body. Delicious, well-balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a deep coppery-brown. Crystal clear with a lacy thin light tan head. Nice. Smell is surprisingly hoppy. Light grassy aromas underneath with light caramel aromas in there somewhere. Quite a hoppy flavor for a regular pale ale. It’s quite grassy and crisp. The darker malt would not lead you to believe that it would be this light-bodied. A nice light malt profile followed by an assertive hoppines. Quite refreshing with a bitter hoppy finish. A nice surprise, would not have expected this to be so complex or so tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
On draft at the brewery, 9/1/05: orange-red. Nice big grapefruit tones, quite citric and yummy. I’d like more, please.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2002
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Pours a deep amber red with a thick, creamy off-white head. Has a ton of caramel/kilned malts in the nose with along with plenty of Casade.. Flavor has beautiful blast of toasted malt and caramel then gives way to notes of toffee, munich malt, cascade/euro hops. Moderately sweet with assertive (but not harsh) hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and lively carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Although this beer has received good ratings, it kind of gets lost in the mix between the fantastic New River and Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale. Don’t pass on this one, it’s quite good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Dark beige head. Aroma is floral and malty. Flavour is flowery, hoppy, malty and sweet. Has some fruity notes. Is light malty with a touch of bitterness in the end. I like this one.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jasonp, thanks Jason!) Oh, hell yes! Now this is my kind of pale ale! I’m immediately greeted by a big malty nose that is very sweet and fruity, but a fruit with a strong, powerful aroma like raisins. None of that soft, generic fruity nose here. And the big flavor backs up that potent nose. It’s very malty, bready, somewhat sweet, with a wonderful toastiness that just jumps right out at ya’. Stunning. Delicious. Moderately bitter hops lends some balance, but this definitely remains a malt dominated pale ale. Medium bodied, but the mouthfeel is full for the style. Very hazy, amber color. Off-white head is smallish on the pour, but maintains a thin layer for awhile before gradually fading to a sheen. Some scattered lacing is left on the glass. This is certainly one of the best pale ales I’ve tasted, at least in the top 3.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Clear amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is somewhat sweet fruity malts, grapefruity and floral hops. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Nicely balanced Pale Ale, a touch on the sweet side. But a nice APA. All the bad stuff I said about the Micro Beer of the Month Club last month I take back, as long as they keep shipping beers like this and the Oak Barrel Aged Stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Hearty brew with matlry fruit-like aroma. Similar to brandy with a citrus-like edge to it. Hints of caramel flavor. Smooth texture, medium body. Excellent with wintertime thick stews.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle. Caramel-like aroma, simple, but good. Wow, this pours as the darkest "pale ale" I’ve ever seen...the color of a heavily tanned Native American. I was expecting a drinkable session beer, but the flavor is complex and layered, a nice blend of roasted nuts, sugars, barley, and a hoppy undertone. Finishes smoothly. I would enjoy having just one of these, or drinking them all night long.


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