jkwood04 (3947) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Aroma of light malts with a little floral and light citrus notes. Flavor of light caramel, a little floral hops and some grapefruit. Average texture. A pretty good pale ale, but nothing special.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
light gold with moderate white head. nose of herbal hops with a touch of oxidation. firm bitterness for the style prior to herbal hop notes with perhaps a touch of munich malt, but very little malt component with a touch of yeast esters. a very dry finish, with the oxidation making it somewhat acrid feel. an aggressive version of the style and not bad
SBor02 (67) - Delaware, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Primal PA pours gold with a light white head. There is a slight earthiness to the aroma, but mostly citrus and floral. The taste is faintly sweet and the bitterness is middling and a bit sharp in the dry finish.
brinehart (211) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours straw with slight haze and thin white head. Medium carbonation. A fairly delicate nose for a pale ale - some citrusy and grassy hops. Seems to be the classic Cascade nose. The hops are well balaced by a caramelly sweet malt. Crisp, dry finish. Overall a simple pale ale. Decent, but not remarkable.
Slipstream (2024) - USA - DEC 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark gold pour with a bigass fluffy-rocky head. Pretty sharp, tangy aroma with yeast and lemon notes. Primal is a nice, yeasty pale ale, with some mineral flavors, pretty rustic vibe. A good brew.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Pours a pale, tarnished bronze color; fine-bubbled off-white head with light retention and lacing. A basic, nondescript mineral and citrus hop aroma here (crisp and dry overall), with a modest sweet maltiness and just a whisper of (seemingly) DMS that doesn’t hurt much; basic, crisp, not unpleasant. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Modest citrus and mineral hop bitterness upfront (neither resiny nor astringent: simple), followed by a sweet, almost corny maltiness (the hint of DMS adds to this I’m sure); a crystalline-sugar feel overall, suggesting a decent dose of crystal malt, and there’s a slight amount of huskiness and coarseness at the edges; still, a decent and enjoyable pale ale rendition. Medium finish, showing a toasty maltiness and a lingering minerally hop bitterness; dry ending.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours light golden with a small white head. Aroma is malty caramel, a touch citric and a bit of piney hops. Very standard pale malt and hop balance, a bit spicy. Flavor starts starts sweet and caramel picking up some of the piney hops, less citric but still there. Fairly sweet and balanced. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Decent pale ale.
BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw, cereal), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (fruity). Flavor is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw, cereal, cookie), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear). Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Fager’s Island OC - Light orange body, thin disappearing head. Very slight aroma, mostly non-descript with some hop tones. Thin watery palate. Quite disappointing. A very average (boring) pale ale.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear pale golden with a spotty-lacing coating of white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some fresh grapefruity hoppy notes. Starts with a nice light malty sweetness and a crisp citrusy bittering hop balance. Finishes lightly bittersweet and clean. A pretty decent pale ale, but could be a little more assertive.