SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Darkelf..Thanks Stephen! Pours a light copper color with a very small white head. Nose is very fruity, mostly apricots, peaches, kinda smells like canned fruit cocktail! Tastes like fruitcaocktail syrup as well. Notes of different light fruits here and there, a bit of carbonation and a harsh finish that leaves your mouth dirty. This is not my style.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle as a bonus in a trade with DarkElf. Thanks Stephen! - Pours amber with a short white head that fades pretty quick. Aroma is light citrus and lots of caramel malt. Flavor is surprisingly malty caramel sweetness at first but that is defeated by the bitter hops that finish the sip. Fairly well balanced on the palate. Not overly carbonated. About right. A nice pale ale. Quite drinkable and pleasant. Nothing too unique though
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Purchased at the brewery) The two major components of this pale ale are a sweet and caramely maltiness, and a moderately bitter hoppiness thatís more bitter than hoppy. Somehow, though the two should work together to create a nicely balanced pale ale, we have the the bitterness trying to defeat the caramely malt with some astringency. Itís not a bad beer by any means, but itís lacking the smoothness and expert interplay found in the better beers. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, and the reasonably substantial palate is long-lasting. The dark amber color is excellent, but the small off-white head is very short-lived, and wow, although swirling will rejuvenate the head, it dissipates as rapidly as Coca-Cola. With the exception of the combative bitterness in the finish, and actually, in spite of that bitterness, this is actually quite a pleasant and enjoyable pale ale. Nothing earth-shatteringly complex, of course, but I bought a sixer at the brewery because Iíve never seen this in the San Diego area, and Iím not disappointed with my purchase.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange body with gentle carbonation and a small soapy white head. Aroma of oranges, orange peels, honeysuckle, and a pleasant note of butterscotch. Very citrusy hop flavor with a touch of toasty malt. Mostly dry with firm bitterness. A good, classic APA that reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to some extent. This could be great fresh on tap. Thanks DarkElf.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Bottled. Pours clear copper color with white lacing. Malty aroma with notes of fruit and lemongrass. Clean malt taste that finishes very quickly. Slight hop charactor.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Golden amber with a big off-white head. Low citrus hop aroma. Flavor of citrus hops, with some malt balance. Little bitterness. A non-offending beer thatís easy to drink.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Some fruit forward notes on the palate. Possibly English malts. Low bitterness somewhat low for style. Mild hop resin nose with some malt sweetness. Round mouthfeel with a quick dying finish.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Doughy aroma, huge head on this one, took awhile to settle down. Pale golden in color. Banana dominates the flavor, very chewy, with some lingering bitterness at the finish. This would be a decent attempt at a belgian pale, but it is a very odd west coast pale for sure. Thanksto Flipbrewer for the sample.
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very light amber color. Beer is way to carbonated. Aroma is hoppy and piney. Kind of sweet as well. Flavor is kind of a burnt caramel with some hops lingering in the background somewhere. Alright but nothing special.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The great head monster appeared when i opened this bottle....3 times the thing overflowed on me before i could pour round two into my glass. The pour was a mix of light and dark oranges creating a cloudy and SUPER-carbonated mixture with a Gigantic frothy white head which slopped all over my glass. The aroma is definitely hoppy, with citrus, a heavy christmas pineyness, and some fruits coming through. The taste is fairly hoppy up front with excess carbonation, and a nice pricking carbonated tongue tickling made possible by those Northwest Hops. It ends mildly bitter, but not much so, with a nice addition of malt right at the end providing that ever so familiar west coast sweetening at the end of a Pale Ale. Some remnances of peach in the taste. Only knock as ive said is the excess carbonation, otherwise a pleasant brew.