brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a nice floral hop flavor and a bit of wood flavor. (oak?) Has a bready yeast texture. Very nice.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is pleasant, the appearance really quite gorgeous. It had a nice big friendly head and lavishes its loquacious palate upon you lovingly. It is somewhat hoppy beer with a slightly oaky/fruity taste to it. I really like this one. It ranks among my favourite pale ales next to Whitbread and Rolling Rock.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Bottled. Poured a nice orange color with a HUGE fluffy white head. The aroma was citrus-like and very dry-hop like. The flavor was woody with a nice hop balance. This is a nice pale - very unique, but I don't think I'd want to drink a whole bunch of it at once.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, malty, oaky flavored. Lightly hopped and not-too-sweet. An excellent brew!
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crystal clear amber color with an offwhite, rocky head of great size, leaving great lacing; fully lasting head. Smells of oak, a musky yeast smell and light citrus, almost pine and considerable honey once warmed. Lots of yeast flavor like bread dough from a not sweet bread, some caramel malts try to sneak in--barely noticable--and the dominant flavor is hops, hops, hops, but not real strong and a lot of subdued malts. Fruity flavored hops like apricot and a little bitter with the yeast flavor and hops finish, also some water in the finish. Body is nice and medium, wet and watery-oily, soft carbonation. It's kinda balanced, although the aftertaste is bitter and too-long lasting; the hops win.
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak and hop aroma. AMber or copper coloured. Very thin head. A light oily film on the beer reflecting blue tints. Oily hop film is in the palate and taste. Very nice hop/malt balance with the hop being stronger but not overpowering. I have not had a beer with the hop oils so noticeable! Very good beer.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent copper colour with a frothy head dissolving to a sheet of lace. Nose is toasted malts with caramel and some citrus. Flavour is lightly hopped, mostly malty with a mildly bitter finish.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark rich amber in colour Awesome white head big and frothy with a huge lacing on glass. The nose is smooth malts with hints of wood and some alcohol, quite sweet. The taste is earthy with hops and slighter malts, the nose is definately more sweet and malty.
Braudog (5625) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured with a nice head over a copper-brown beer. Grassy aroma on this one. The flavor is lightly hopped, a bit of citric edge at the finish. Decent ale, not quite as hardy as the good English pales.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At Rock Bottom Chicago Real Ale Dinner: Copper hued with a small head and little lace. The aroma hints of toasted malts, biscuit, grassy hops, some grapefruit, and mild sweet spices. The taste is rather bland, neither the hops or malts shine, muted. The aftertaste did spot some bitterness but a buttery presence was a bit of a put off. Was matched with a spicy corn based soup which dominated this beer. The mouthfeel was okay, smooth. The disappointing beer of the evening.