grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 An american attempt at the English Pale Ale, and not a bad one at that. Pours a nice copper color, white head. Nose is mostly pine and hops, with a slight undertone of sweet cotton candy-like malts. Excellently subdued flavors. Malts are magnficent. Pine and tar on the forefrontfading into an alcoholic astringency that is warming and welcome. A slight tinge of roastedness, but ending mostly with vanilla and bourbon and a touch of caramel. Clean hop bitterness and clean ale yeast. Excellent beer
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft) Dark amber with a dense tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of hops. Toffee flavors with smooth malts slightly hopped for some balance. Really nicely done I drank my first one so quick I had to have another. Try it you’ll see.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber color with a off white head. Malty aroma with a hint of hops. Sweet malt flavor, offset with some hoppy bitterness, caramel and a bit of an earthy flavor (probably from the oak). Finish is very pleasant, the hops tending to dominate. A fine brew, definitely something I could appreciate and drink every day.
omhper (20166) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Bottled. Clear dark amber, rich head. Big toffee aroma. Sweet, soft and rounded with oak and caramel dominating. More focused on malt flavours than hops, which is scarce among American microbrewers. Very pleasant!
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, this was a great beer. Much better than Firestone’s Pale Ale, for sure. It was reminiscent of several Marzens that I have had of late. It had a beatiful cream-colored head that lasted indefinitely (well, until I drank it all down) and a beautiful amber color. The carbonation swelled and moved as I poured it...you just gotta understand...it was the way a beer is supposed to look. The taste was very complex, with notes of toffee and nuts. The aftertaste was comfortably sweet and the palate, encouraging to future purchases. Please, for your sake, drink this beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ The Freakin’ Frog in Las Vegas
Amber color, light white head & lacing. Nose of rich malts & caramel. Tastes very rich with umami & a light salty presence with figs.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - Deep golden brown and makes a thin white head. Lots of cereal malt character in the nose. Flavor is spicy and sharp, slightly bitter and has a syrupy-sweet malt character. Creamy coating on the palate. Overall, above average for the style.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was really good. A very nice session EPA. The only thing I can say that I did not like about this one, is the water. It tastes like a really hard water was used in the brewing, as it has alot of harsh astrigency at times tastes like rocks. Other than that it is very balanced and smooth tasting with lots of mellow hops and a medium bodied malt character. Nice cookie dough aftertaste.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. glowing clear copperish color, minimal tannish head. light malty sweet nose. super faint carmel sweetness, light hop bitternes. little more than medium carbonation. decent enough but overrated in my opinion. where is everyone trippin out on these flavors & aromas?
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber copper color with a burnt malt, caramel aroma. Small but persistent head. First thing I noticed on the first taste was its smoothness. Taste vanilla, malt, caramel. A dry, sweet, very slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. Amber ales are not my favorite style, but I found this to be rich and smooth. Nice.