RedSox2004 (1137) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold with a medium size bright white head with very nice lacing. Strong citrusy hops aroma, almost like the IPA. Taste was a little less intense, but with some maltiness to balance things out. Crisp, clean, light-bodied with good carbonation. I was very surprised at the hoppiness of this, but found it to be very enjoyable. Might as well go all the way and have their IPA though.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden color with a medium foamy white head. Light aroma of sweet apples or cherries with a little bit of hops. Only a little bit of the malts make it through to the taste. A very thin but crisp beer with a decent little hop finish. Leaves a minor dryness that fades shortly after.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Pours clear amber with a very thin white head. Nice honey and hop aroma. Surprisingly good sweetness and hop flavor. Some citrus in there too. Awesome mouthfeel and drinkability. Don’t know how this is rated so low.
sickassmick (220) - Concord, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very refreshing pale ale. Nice flavor, not too over the top but well balanced and light. I like sierra nevada’s pale more, but this one is still really good, and for 5.99 a six pack you can’t go wrong. I think the IPA is a better choice at the same price, but I had to take a break from it and try something new. great brewery. great beer. great price. Love it.
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 On draft at Capital Alehouse, post 10k recovery beer. Pours a light copper, very clear, nice off-white head. Aroma was of bitter, slightly earth hops with a biscuity malt backbone. Flavor was a match. Very, very dry and amazingly clean. Bitter finish. Pegged this as more of an English style than American, but really enjoyed it. Firestone has a very sophisticated and subtle profile that I just love. RERATE: 04/18/09 - same score from bottle, just wanted to note some minty hop flavors, clear burton union influence on the finish. Really nicely done stuff.
illidurit (2050) - Petaluma, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Surprisingly appropriate pour yields a full inch of head, barely cresting atop the pint glass. Amber-orange in color. Some nice lacing mars the glass.
Aroma is typical of west coast hoppy pale ales. Lots of citrus with a decent maltiness for balance.
Flavor is a pretty even duel between grapefruity hops and grainy malt. Pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel is exemplary, drinkability is high.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a super pale ale. This is a standard bearer for the APA style. Slightly bitter, nice hoppy aroma, one of my favorite APA’s
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle from a six-pack bought at a local grocery store. Bright clear gold color, half-inch dense white head. Aroma is of floral hops, a little piney. Flavor is very balanced. Bready/biscuit malt flavors contrasting to a nice bitterness, hop flavors are present, a little earthy and piney. Clean, dry mouthfeel. Overall a fantasticlly balanced pale ale. Very drinkable.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PP san clemente.
Light gold amber in color. Light hoppy aromas. Some easy malt sweetness with a slight bitterness and herbal grassiness. Very thin on your palate. Nice finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Draught at the FW taproom. Clear gold with a small head. Light citric hops in the aroma. Crisp american hopping with light malt flavor. Light, crisp body. Light and drinkable, but not doing to much for me. (3) Rerate: bottled as Pale 31. Much hoppier aroma and flavor; still light, crisp, and drinkable. Good session pale.