jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear copper coloured body with a crimson hue and a nice frothy manilla coloured head-simply stated: the way an epa should look like. Aroma of fresh e.g. hops with a great bitter scent and the smells of sugars such as toffee, caramel and caster sugar. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hoppiness up front with a mild (underpowering) maltiness. Sweetness comes out in the end, but not in full force. The beer was much better in the nose than the mouth, but it has no bad qualities, just not enough good tastes to make it a stunning epa. Overall, a good beer worth trying, but settle on a true english beer if you want that excellent english pale. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 23-December-2004.
jimhilt (2371) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a one-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Medium
carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Starts with some sweet
undertones and finishes with a even mix of hops and malt. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap here in bakersfield.the double barrel fonts a brownish body with not much head.all i can really say is its an average brew.it has a bit of the english flavor mixed with the west coast hops.not bad but not great.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Draft. Brown with copper overtones. Not much of a light brown head. Good nose, and nice hops. Good balance. This is one of those brews that somehow adds up to more than the sum of the parts.
Re-rate: From a 22 oz bottle poured the color of strong tea with a large white head. I like to pour my own as you can control temperature and the head. This was better than the draft, but was a bit warmer I think which I think helps.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12 oz. Clear copper/brown. small head. Hoppy floral smell with a malt background. Moderate carbonation with matly taste. Basic ale. OK. Trying to be a Burton on Trent type ale but is lacking the hard water characteristics. Multiple tastings.
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 (18759) - 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.