GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL. Pours a clear deep yellow to light amber with a rocky, off-white head that left excellent lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued, cream of wheat, oatmeal, slight diacetyl. Taste is not hoppy or floral like other APAs. It is malt-forward, rich in freshly ground barley, grist powder, slight lemon and butteriness. Not hop-forward enough. A little too session "lagery" and muted to be an APA.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Good grassy hop note, leading to a fine fresh tasting pale ale, with some grapefruit. Well carbonated mouthfeel and a zesty finish.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and leafy hops ride this Pale Ale’s rotund pale malts, building a clean but sweet session ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam floats atop the misty golden.
-This is as impeccably brewed as their other beers, but it is way too round for my tastes in Pale Ales. This type of body works wonderfully for strong ales, but for a 5% brew...
-The leafy hop finish is levelled with the rest of the flavour profile’s medium intensity.
-The hops aren’t nearly bright enough to alleviate the malt’s heft.
On tap at the brewery tasting room.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, tropical fruit and a little caramel. Appearance is a light reddish golden color with a half inch of pillowy white head. Taste starts off with lots of bitter, resinous hop flavors along with a bit of orange citrus and pine. These flavors are nicely balanced by the bready toasted malts and caramel. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied with full carbonation. It finishes dry and bitter with a pleasantly hoppy aftertaste. This is an extremely flavorful and balanced APA that makes for an ideal session beer. I’ll definitely be adding this one to the warm weather rotation.
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with a disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, sweet, caramel. Flavor very hoppy, not excessively bitter, and has the right level of malt. Ends dry and has a soft mouth feel and carbonation. This is a great APA - restrained except with the aroma hops.
BillKismet (3818) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronzed brew with a fine dewy cream head. Airy floral nose with Chinook accents. Breezy leafiness. The flavor is similarly of a breezy, Chinook-accented floral leafiness. The malting is underweighted for this brew. Ok
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.
Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.
Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!
Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn’t to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-03-2009
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to visionaries!
Bright copper, lacing, soapy white head. Strong nose of crackers, orange, soap, and lemon pine-sol. Balanced flavor of orange, pine, cracker, metal, and grass. Sticky, soapy body, thick enough but with light hop and bubblegum sweetness through the finish. Enjoyable and with a lot to enjoy, but its mouthfeel certainly could use some toning down, and overall, its a bit too aggressive to be called an APA.
jgb9348 (5607) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice crisp clear golden coloured body with a slightly copper tint and a very thin pale white head. Aroma of odd fruits, some hops, candy, figs and a touch of nuts. Medium-bodied; Thinnish yeast/cardboard flavour with a touch of hops, some very mild hops and not-so-pleasant sugars at the tail end. Aftertaste shows hop dryness, some mild caramel, a touch of fruits and a pale funk at the end .Overall, not so great, and surely not anywhere close to what i’d expect from seeing these ratings on a style that I really enjoy. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2010.
tmoreau (3624) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in the brewer’s/friends area at Dark Lord Day 2010. Dispensed with a golden color, an average, off white head, and some clingy spots and streaks of lacing. The nose was perfumy mid-fruit and some background citrus. The flavor showed a good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Nothing over the top. Crisp, clean, and very sessionable, with a pleasant dryness to the finish.