Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is malty with just a slight hint of wood. Color is a clear amber, very deep orange with a half inch beige head. I get malt then a little oak, followed by earthy hops and then a little chocolate and a touch of roast in the back. A little lingering malt in the finish with out being sweet. There is so much going on in this beer. I really enjoy it.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Snake Pit in Hollywood. Usually what I get in that place when Im not feeling absinthe. Strikes me as a bitter, actually. Nice even flavor that is bread crusty enough to not be a US Pale. Sweet only to taste finished. Refreshing when cold.
mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 12 oz bottle pours deep amber color, fantastic clarity, and topped with small beige head that fades quickly. Malt aroma is bready. Complex sweet malt flavor leads with mild fruity hop (Columbus?) bitter to balance in finish. Latent finish is sweet like grade b maple syrup.
drfabulous (6323) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid pale ale. Light citrus. Mellow aroma. Lacks intense hops, but I guess that is the point. Overall, ok. My substitution for not being able to ever get the anniversary beer.
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light amber pour with a small white head. aroma was caramel and citrus. Flavor was similar, very mild.
Alphadelic (2131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really lovely colour here. A deep red/amber with a thick permanent beige head. Smells like brittle toffee. Very sweet in the mouth, a little stale, flat empty finish.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Corks & Kegs in Richmond, VA. Poursa brownish red color with a thin head, low head retention and average lacing. Big malty aroma with caramel and light hop notes. Very sweet malty taste with a tiny note of vegetal hops. Thin bodied.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A terrifically malty, lightly hopped pale that’s a great pizza accompaniment. A solid sessioner that pours a light amber color with lots of bubbles for an ale. Pleasantly sweet aroma of honey and grain.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I just don’t get the impression that this beer tried all that hard. There’s bitterness to it but it just falls so flat. Watery palate, a soft-metallic bitterness mixed with blandness, just nothing much doing here.
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper with a fleeting tan head. Mild spicy caramel aroma. Medium body and smooth. Decent flavor is semi-sweet spicy caramel same as aroma. Just ok.