yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 06/10/2008. 12oz bottle courtesy of TheGrandmaster via one of his travelling workmates. Pours a luscious rose gold with a tight creamy off-white head. Nose reveals stonefruit (peach esp.) with some floral notes, spicy hops, a little steely character, caramel and stewed fruit (a little tired?). A late note of subtle citrus comes through. Sweet stewed malt in the mouth definitely gets me looking at the best before date - 07/2008 - but there is a nice juicy fruit hop flavour all the way through and a sprinkling of spicy hop. Mild-merdium bitterness. Full weighty mouthfeel for 5%, soft carbonation. Still very balanced. I suspect this is a really great beer that is just too old (and the storage didn’t it let it get away with it).
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on draft, and have had it numerous times in bottle. A nice amber color, not much head. Has a nice subtle hop flavor with a bit of a dry malt finish. Great to session and cook with.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draught: Pours a clear copper colour with a large white head. Aroma is of grapefruit, noticeable pine and floral hops. Taste is a little hoppy, otherwise acidic and bready malt flavor.
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a half-inch of cream colored head. Fair amount of ring lacings. Taste is spicy leathery hops with a decent amount of malts. Well balanced, easy drinker with low carbonation for the English Pale Ale style. Easy drinker with relatively low abv of 5%. I would love to try this on tap or a growler fill.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with tight beige head. The aroma is sticky, candyish hops with some toasty malt and some faint spice (licorice and cinnamon?). The flavor is toast, grain, and some floral hops. There’s an adequate bitterness, especially toward the finish. It leaves a woody/fruity aftertaste that doesn’t linger for all that long. The palate is a little thinner than I would like.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, light copper with minimal head. Nice spicy/floral hop aroma. Nice. A 5% brew that is well balanced, has light toasted malt with just moderate sweetness and finishes with more of the same hop flavors. Really light and enjoyable.
Sammy (11074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light colour, not much head. Average aroma, there is some English hop there. Average mouthfeel. Easy drinking, nice to have a clear head and 5% so I can keep on trucking. A bit drying, and satisfying though not blown away by bold flavour.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice copper amber color with absolutely no head. Aroma is a pleasant cereal and malt. Taste is a real let down...I expected it to taste like an oak barrel for some reason. Very thin. Taste is light honey and marris otter. Below average for the style.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber colour with an off white head. malty, caramel sweet aroma with fruity and floral notes and hints of honey and alcohol. malty, caramel and honey sweet flavor.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 09/01/08, 12 oz. bottle
Aroma - Malty, with notes of grain and caramel, earthy and herbal hop character
Appearance - Clear amber with a medium off white head that lasts well, and some good lace
Flavor - Dark caramel and dark fruit sweetness, and a late appearing soft indistinct bitterness
Palate - Medium body and carbonation, smooth, slightly sweet palate
Overall - A solid pale ale, sessionable, although perhaps slightly sweet