JamesMulvenon (26) - USA - JUL 17, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of my groomsman bought a case of this beer in 1997 for my bachelor party in Los Angeles, leaving me with fond memories. Until recently, this beer was almost impossible to get on the east coast, but lately it seems to be getting a national distribution. Pours a light copper color with a modest white head, and smells of malt and caramel. I remember the taste being more evocative 10 years ago, but to be fair there is a lot more fuller-bodied craft beer available now. The finish is definitely crisp and clean, almost biting.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured clear brown/amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and light fruit. Taste is malty, caramel, and some light hops. Finish was unremarkable, with some light malt and bitterness. Mouth was smooth and lightly carbonated.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bomber, a clear amber color with a medium head. Aroma of light malt, and fruit. Palate is soft and comforting, and the flavor is mild of fuit, hops, and a soft malty sweetness. Might have tasted some dates in there as well. I would have preferred a more robust flavor, especially for this oft-indescript style.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours with a smallish, tight, off-white head covering a clear dark amber body. Aroma is amber style malts with some fruity notes and a touch of caramel. Taste is malts and caramel upfront with a bit of card board and maybe hops in the finish (but the hops could just be the Arrogant Bastard I am burping up). Watery to dry mouthfeel with light carbonation.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Stately copper brown color. Medium size white head that laces and active carbonation in the glass make a good looking beer. Malty sweet aroma with caramel and grape fruit added. Just an inkling of hops to keep it from the sweet side. Malty flavor and a smoky wood / peat like a scotch. Its complexingly sweet with not a hard hop to kill off the yummy taste. Palate is light for such a sweet and smoky ale. I was pleased this beer lives up to its brewers reputation.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel malt. Some mild fruity esters from the ale yeast. Dried banana. Very mild. Pours a brilliantly filtered clear dark copper with a creamy white head leaving light spotty lacing. Flavor is very bland. Dried, toasted malt and grain. Plenty of malt with little hop presence and little of the assumed wood tannin. Thin on the tongue with a grainy, watery and sweet finish. Thanks Todd!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Very British. The first bottle of this I tried I didnít like very much, but now I really like it and would have it on a fairly regular basis if it were more readily available around here. Very easy to drink and a great break from super hoppy or chocolate malt bomb beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium brownish orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy caramel malt, light herbal hops, a little cask wood, tea and maybe some tobacco. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, acidic and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, moderately bitter and a little sour with an average duration. There was caramel malt, tea and then mild herbal hops. There was also some oak. Nice balance. The light to medium body was sort of oily with tingly carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap at Anaheim Stadium. Pours amber brown with a fluffy tan head. Slight aroma of roasted nuts and caramel malt. Flavor is mostly bitter and sour with some roastiness. Overall not very enjoyable, never again.
alexanderj (3532) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; thought I had previously rated it, so I didnít note anything about the color. Aroma of toffee and flowers. Flavor was spot on for the style. Very recognizable as an English pale. Good toffee and caramel flavor with some woody vanilla. Good crispness and slight sweetness. Hops were mainly grassy and floral. REally good for the style.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was surprisingly good and surpsiginly English in overall character. Itís copper with a medium, light tan head, steadily shrinking to a thin, permanent top with only weak hints of lace. The aroma is flowery and a bit earthy with prominent breadcrust, as well as hints of caramel and grapefruit. The taste is mild caramelly malt, bread, mild lightly grapefruity citrus, hints of pine, leaves, and earth, and a light fruitiness. Itís a bit mild and some of the specific flavours are not my real preference, being a little more grapefruity than I ideally prefer. However, it has definite English qualities as well and is well balanced in flavours and in sweetness-bitterness, with both lasting. It also goes well with food and is easy to drink.