jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Moosetoberfest Gathering Thanks dmac?-22oz bottle-pours an off white head and hazy gold color. Aroma is apricot, light malt-caramel, some spice hops. Taste is apricot, light malt-caramel, some spice hops, yeast. Good effervescence.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Ö Clear amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The nose is of toasted caramel with rumors of vanilla and cotton candy. Full-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet with rye-like spiciness and some nice toasty notes. Crisp, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice PNW-style IPA/APA.
Leighton (8790) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad at all. Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a nimble amber with an easygoing white head. Nose of mild malts and a little hops. Flavor contains a nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness. Pretty smooth finish with a touch of bitterness and a pleasant aftertaste.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep orange-amber with an average head. Toasty sweet malts with hints of caramel and sugar water. Hop bitterness slowly builds. Elements of grass, citrus (orange and grapefruit) and plant stems. The mild carbonation didnít help the somewhat oily and cloying finish. Surprisingly strong alcohol for a "pale ale" (7% on the bottle). Further down the bottle, the sweetness becomes a bit much. Not horrible, just a little unbalanced, and too sweet for my buds. Not sure if I like the hops, either, which impart some odd aromas of perfume.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogany amber color with dark golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Floral hop aroma with hints of dry pine and subtle citrus notes. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel, subtle spice and sweet caramel malt.
Medium bodied with a lot of crisp dry hops up front that linger throughout over a sweet caramel malt body into a long crisp dry finish. The flavor of the hops are sweet, dry and piny at the same time. Iím not very familiar with Sorachi Ace hops but they are very unique and I hope that more brewers decide to start using them. Nice balance of caramel biscuit malt with a sight toasty character. Although the malts are prominent mid palate but they donít take away from the wonderfully fresh hops that dominate the flavor. Itís hard to call this beer a pale ale but itís very complex and flavorful.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured with an average-sized, white head. Lacing was fair. Body is a dark copper color which looks really nice, with a thick haze that is almost cloudy.
S: A nice aroma of medium hops and citrus.
T: A very nicely balanced beer, it starts off quite sweet and malty, then finishes with a medium bitterness that has a small trace of citrus to it. Average duration.
M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy, with soft-to-average carbonation.
D: A very solid APA, something that is definitely worth giving a shot, and should be admired for itís excellent balance.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle contract brewed by New Belgium $4. It looks nice, orange with a soapy head. The smell is just plain weird at first, like plastic, phenolic. As it warms up the smell improves slightly and the plastic quality goes away. Unfortunately the phenolic, plastic aspect shows up in the flavor in a major way and really distracts from the beer. There is an interesting fruity hop flavor that just get smothered in plastic. This reminds me a bit of a belgian-style pale Avery did a while for Liquor Mart.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2009 00:08:30
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - New Belgium-brewed batch - labeled as 7% abv - pours a slightly hazy copper - soapy lace - fairly malty aroma, with faint hops, and fairly apparent alcohol for the stated abv - some estery notes - fairly unique character for a pale ale - some almost belgian-ish fruity qualities, light hints of vanilla and oak, light booziness - all of this hiding underneath and overly sweet, slightly spicy pale ale - more warming spice, peppery hops, and alcohol in the finish - quite a bit of apricot and peach throughout - there is a lot of unique stuff happening here, but it doesnít quite come together.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a fluffy 2 finger thick off white head that left some great lacing. Nose was full of sweet malts and faint citrus. Flavor is also quite malty with a fain hop bitterness.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honey pine resin reduction sauce poured over malt candy on the nose. Orangey amber color, huge thick long lasting head. Malt syrup and candied flower sweetness, nicely balanced by lemony hops with a little pepper. Big carbonation, medium body, spicy cilantro pine finish. A not overly bitter beer with big hop aromas, lots of unique spices, the floral/fruity notes really make this a refined beer. Mudhoney Rocks!