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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A golden, dry, slightly hoppy pale ale. Refreshing & Balanced. Notes of Pine & Citrus in the aroma, earthy middle, clean finish 28 IBU’s, 4.9 ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jgb9348 (5168) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2011
Slightly cloudy copper coloured body with a thin one-centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bread, yeast, caramel and a touch of hops. Light-bodied; Effervescent, watery flavour at first with some pungent light malt and a touch of hops with no body at all, no depth and nothing really flavourful. Aftertaste is just as mild, showing some malt, water, cardboard and perhaps a touch of light hops - not really though. Overall, a pretty sub-standard beer with not much flavour and absolutely no complexity - especially for the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 27-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 05-April-2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4869) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2011
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SBor02 (67) - Delaware, USA - FEB 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2252) - USA - DEC 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10908) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2010
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.

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