MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a pale orange, thin off white head, not much lacing on my glass. Aroma isn’t very strong, some hops but not much else. A crisp malt flavor, nicely hopped but not too much, some citrusy flavors in there too. Hops dominate the finish. Not bad, not outstanding, I’d definetly drink it again but I’ve had better pale ales.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle) Out of the gate, this strikes me as a middle of the road pale ale. It achieves a nice balance from start to finish, but really, there’s not much to talk about that will deviate too far from the average. The flavor is decent but not very exciting. It’s moderately malty and lightly sweet, somewhat bitter and hoppy, with perhaps some orange citrus thrown in for good measure. Medium bodied, but barely. The nose is mildly malty, but more hoppy and grassy. Medium gold in color and very clear. Average size head is whitish in color, but quickly settles to a thin layer, which it holds for quite some time, and leaves a fairly dense curtain of lace behind. Obviously, I find this beer extraordinarily ordinary.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright, clear and amber-gold with a decent head. Flowery nose. Smooth and all right mouthfeel; perhaps a little light at times. Malts were tasty, with notes of caramel and toffee. Hops were nice, too, with notes of fresh flowers and sugar-coated grass. Balancing bitterness as well. Bitter aftertaste. For the most part, clean, pleasant and flavorful session beer.
punkeedo (495) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For a pale ale, this was quite bitter. "Crisply hopped," you might say. I can only barely taste these "nuances of toffee and vanilla," however, the texture could be aptly described as "bright" or, perhaps, clean? Really, thought, this is a good beer. A little bitter, maybe, but nothing to snuff at. If you like bitters--check it out. If you are a traditional pale ale person, you may not like it. Only one way to find out, though...
omhper (18329) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pale amber, slightly hazy. Strong grapefruity hop aroma. Clean and light bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Orangey finish with good bitterness. Good typical APA.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle - Light copper color and makes about an inch worth of fine white bubbly head. Smells well hopped, fruity, spicy. Flavor is not too bitter, slightly sweet, hops make a slight tartness come through, tasty. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with moderate carbonation. This is drinkable stuff, a nice session beer.
Ungstrup (27675) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy orange beer with an OK head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with a sweet background. The flavor is hoppy, grassy, and extremely dry, while the mouthfeel is flat.
billk (352) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 12 oz. Cloudy orange/amber w some dark flakes. Very small head that fell quick, min lace. Aroma is iced tea & malt w a touch of oak & grapefruit w some hops. Flavor is lt/med roasted MALTY w moderate hops & bitterness. A bit sweet, a tad thin on the mouthfeel but into the med bodied range. Lightly smoked oak flavor. Nice balance between creamy malt & hop flavor and bitterness. Odd iced tea nose is noticed every time I take a dip.... Interesting.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh and young floral aroma, with parts oranges and hops (almost like many of the Avery beers). Flavor is clean and all citrus. Finish is thoroughly quenching. Quaffable by the gallon.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flat yellow color with a head that is foamy at first but quickly breaks up. Smells hoppy and a little skunky like a pilsner. Don’t plan on buying Firestone’s pale ale again but will try out the other beers they make.