Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. The pour was pale copper, maybe a dark gold. The head was scant but managed to produce decent lacing. The aroma was light malt, some pine and floral hoppiness and ever so light citrus. The flavor was relatively light, more focused on sweet malt and some bright floral hops. Only a bit of citrus. Clean, easy drinking. Problem free if uninspiring.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle a pale blond with medium sized white head. Aroma much like a soft IPA with notes of floral citrusy hops. Flavor is crisp with floral hops, gratefruit, a small touch of caramel and vanilla. The palate is dry with floral bitter notes throughout that don’t overwhelm the palate but seem one dimensional and slightly out of balance. Good flavor and quite drinkable. I’d drink another but would probably opt for the IPA instead in most cases. It has the same aroma/flavor profile just more so.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Nice amarillo hop aroma. Citrus, slight summer fruit, caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Lingering citrus, summer fruit, and caramel.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2005 Total Score: 2.8
Bottle. Golden,/amber with an off-white head. Citrus hop aroma. Grassy hop flavor with some malt backing. Dry finish and medium bodied.
Alphadog (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite drinkable. Not as much aroma/flavor hopping as some US PAs, dry finish, lingering bitterness w hint of vanilla.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a golden color with a white head that lasts for quite some time. The head laces the glass all the way down. Aroma has a notable hop presence and smells sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with a smoothness and crispness that helps it slide down easier. Tastes caramel sweet with a hop twang on the finish. Overall this is what a pale should be. Bold for the style, crisp, refreshing, and is something that you’d want to drink on a regular basis. Nice job.
RedSox2004 (1326) - 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 (227) - 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 (3365) - 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.