DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
24-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 21-Jul-08 for $5.56 from liquidsolutions.biz) This full-flavored pale ale takes a no-holds-barred approach with its malty frame. It’s decidedly malty when compared to the "typical" American Pale Ale, offering bold caramely and toasty qualities in the entry, but earthy and piney hops balance the malty sweetness deftly with moderate bitterness. A pleasant fruitiness emerges in the evolution, with chalky and dusty hops skillfully drying the palate in the finish. Medium-full bodied on the palate, round and satisfying, maintaining its weight long into the finish. Even after swallowing, it still feels like there is beer in the mouth. Medium carbonation dances with the dry, bright, hoppy bitterness to keep the palate alive and refreshed. A chorus of earthy, caramely, dusty, fruity, and toasty aromas sing in unison, expressing individuality, but maintaining harmonic balance. The fully hazy body is bright, golden-amber in color and capped perfectly with a persistent, off-white foam stand that builds to an inch on the pour before very slowly settling to a quarter-inch layer. A crocheted shawl of thick foam adorns the glass as the beer is savored. Overall, an exquisite APA in the West Coast style, big, bold and complex, yet always mindful of maintaining balance from entry to finish. Beautifully crafted, a delight to drink, this should be on everyone’s radar screen.
marcus (5004) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This amber ale poured with a decent beige head and a floral hop aroma. There is a solid malt base, but the massive hopping does not balance well, leaving an unpleasant bitter taste on the palate.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thanks for sharing Mark: Aroma is sweet, juicy citrus hop, and a touch of pine. This APA has a very buttery hopped quality. Chewy even.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid coppery orangy with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, hops, caramel malt, florals. The taste is resiny hoppy, with pineapple, tangerine, pine nuts, and caramel malt. The palate is rich, with a large amount of sediment remaining on the bottom of the bottle.
BrewDad (4256) - Olympia, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz Bomber - Rogue Brewery - Newport, OR
Aroma – Nice hops and malt aroma.
Appearance – Golden in color, Nice head and clear.
Flavor – A nice well balanced beer with great malts and the hops.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, great texture with a good dry finish.
Overall – A great pint for the night. The Oregon Coast Rocks…
bhensonb (8990) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Bottle Trek. Hazy orange amber color with a minimal white head. Aroma is mostly lightly roasted malt backed by spicy floral hop. Body is a bit thin, and the carbonation is rather coarse. Flavor is pale malt with floral hop. No so rough in character as some. It’s a decent pale ale.
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rogue pub in Portland. Great Pale Ale, pours copper/orange, nice white head with copper tint to it. Very refreshing and nicely hopped for a Pale Ale. I could dring this all day long. It’s one of Rogue’s best... IMHO.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Rogue Ale House in Portland on my birthday--Poured a pale golden-copper body with a medium fluffy white head. Spicy hops nose. Crisp and creamy. Very nice middle-of-the-road yet hoppily spiced pale ale. Nice!