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 (3539) - 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.
scottw86 (1165) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma was slightly hoppy with some interesting malt aromas. Taste was very sweet. The malts are the highlight in this one. Finish was nice and hoppy.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Liqourama. Nice amber color with a thick beige head. Couldnít detect much smell, but tast was of traditional caramel amd malts. Very smooth and low carbination.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle an amber color with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is light with caramel and malt. Flavor is full with a small amount of roast grain, malt and caramel that has a mild sweetness and crisp but mild bittering finish. I found this beer exceptionally easy to drink and smooth. Good flavor and one Iíll come back to regularly.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Pours a deep amber with a sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is almost all hops, with caramel undertones and a big hop finish. Defnitiey worth a buy.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2012 Amber color with sweet hop nose. Sweet caramel and malty flavor with a crisp hoppy finish. Smooth and sweet but very refreshing.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle Poured a clear orange color w/a slight off white head. Decent hop aroma. Some up front flavor of hops, than taken over by a moderate roasted malt flavor w/traces of caramel. Decent mouthfeel w/a bitter finish. Solid, easy drinking brew, quite enjoyable.