DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 1) 12oz bottle. Brilliant orange-gold with a spotted white sheet of foam. Tinned peaches and honey aroma with a soggy biscuit backdrop. Tang of marmalade hop upfront ending cleanly with a crisp bitterness and dunked biscuit, wafery, orange cream aftertaste. Straightforward tasty stuff, and a fine brew to kick the weekend off with...but (there’s almost always a but), the hopping is watery and peachy sweet compared to the pale ales of equivalent strength being brewed on the other side of the pond...
2) Tap@Hopmonk Somoma, CA, 14/08/12 (as "Hopmonk Tavern Ale".) Proper pint. Frosted gold draped thinly. Bostin rubbed hop merging into peach, honey and lemon aroma. Peach iced tea taste. Alright. 736313.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light head, great lacing. Aroma and taste of pine and resin with a perfect caramel malt backbone. Medium carbonation and a slight, short-lasting bitterness. Not as well balanced as the Union Jack, but highly sessionable.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale amber with foamy white head and lacing. Notes of pine cones. Well balanced taste; crisp and sessionable.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of thirdeye11 (thanks!) poured into a pint glass.
Golden color, just a bit cloudy, with a thick head that leaves some lacing.
Wonderful fruity citrus aroma -- very strong and bold for a pale ale. Apricot, grapefruit, apple and honey aromas -- smells like a fresh fruit cup.
Nice and well balanced. Apple and citrus flavors with some malty sweetness. Not as hoppy as the aroma would indicate -- what I would expect from a pale ale. Medium to light bodied with a dry, peppery finish.
Very smooth and easily drinkable -- this would make a really nice session beer -- if only it were available in this area.
theOptimator (368) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rerating as of a few beers later........ Beer is an excellent session ale. Aroma is sweet malty and light citrus hops, bright. Appearance is orange brown. Crystal clear. Small white head. Taste is malt and hops balanced very nicely. Hops are very floral and citrus, slight earthy. Honey, caramel, strawberry... very mild. Palate is light, a little watery, drinkable. Overall this is a very nice beer. Hops are perfect IMO. Could have a bit fuller palate for my liking, but perfect for session drinking. Excellent session beer. One of the best commercial examples I have had.
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Grass, resin and floral abound on the taste buds. Decent beer but have had better in the style.
doubelknv3 (1083) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus, floral, and sweet malt. Golden-amber, white head with decent lacing. Grassy, orange peel, mild caramel, and citrus flavour. Dry finish.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden pour with a thick white head. The nose is lightly piny with a soft earthiness in addition to a lot of grapefruit and pale malt. Bright and clean with excellent balance. It’s a simple brew, but it’s very tasty.
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the taproom in Buellton.
Firestone-Walker’s slogan is "passion for the PALE," and this beer really exhibits that, as it is one PALE-ass beer. PALE golden in color with a one-finger PALE white head that has decent retention.
The aroma has just a hint of sweet PALE malt, with loads of west coast hops lending citrusy, herbal, and earthy notes.
The flavor also has a little PALE malt, but that gets out of the way for the hops, as this is a true west coast style PALE ale. Orange, grapefruit, earth, herbal qualities, and resin.
Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation, and considerable hop resins.
A solid PALE ale overall. Sort of like a toned-down Union Jack if I had to call it anything. Enjoyable.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear golden color with a white head that sticks to the top of the glass. Aroma is mild hops and some some sweetness. Taste is very crisp and refreshing with nice hop presence and some maltiness at the same time. Very enjoyable.