auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold with good while lacing. Strong floral burst. Sweet hops grapefruit flavors. Tart. Finishes strongly bitter. Light wheat and fruit smack in the background. Average.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub, keg. Light orange hue with a hint of haziness and wispy white head...grapefruity, lightly herbal nose is assertive, if simple...massive citrusy sourness initially almost overwhelms, but the caramel underpinning keeps the flavors balanced...anise and rosemary appear in the very wet body, which is full but could be a bit more robust to keep up with all thatís happening in the flavors.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-cask at the brewpub: Light golden peach and a medium capped off-whitish head to boot, lacing in lots of strings and keeps a puffy skim on top the whole glass down.
Wow! Holy pine sap and needles soaked in oranges. Super powerful aroma. Nearly reaches out of the glass at ya. Clean, crisp, and hop loaded. After my first wiffs I just had to ask the server if they knew for sure if this was suppose to be just a pale ale and not an IPA or a double something. No one had the answer, not even the bartender. Apparently it just was put on today.
Ah, but as soon as it went through the lips, my hopes of a hoplovers dream all but faded into a waking moment of disappointment. Whereís the hop palate, jeez, the nose promised so much but the taste does nothing to compromise my now watering tongue. Hop tones of pine resin, floral freshness, and juiced orange and yellow grapefruit all make a fleetingly small appearance. Reminds of the Skyline Imperial Pale with lesser girth on the hop scale; alot less. Donít get me wrong, itís good, but after that nose full of hops, it was a big let down for me, so the mark comes down some in my book Iím afraid. The other quality to Skyline this has is the warming feel it has, which I figure is due to the cask. Which is one thing Iíve found common among the cask brews at Fitgerís is they all have tremendous warming capabilities. This does not differ. Warm!
The feel here is also a little wearysome, somewhat empty and thin, displaced medium to light body, it seems to stuggle to find its way. One thing it does have, is again, the whole warming thing.
Above and beyond in the nose arena but falls short after that as the ride goes due south into where I find myself saying its approachable and drinakble, but some improving, perhaps some aging, or a longer session of hopping, something, anything, to make that nose come through into the rest its character and this would be killer stuff.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 ABR. Fitgerís flagship pale. Fresh, dry-hopped aroma. Dark gold, no visible carbonation. Good sized, white head. Good flavor. Pretty good amount of hops. Excellent cascading lace. I think I found a Fitgers winner.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a thin head. Holy hops, Batman... hops permeates the aroma and flavor; it overwhelms both. Iím a fan of hops and it was a little too strong on the flowers for me. Very dry finish.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber Coloring. Small Head. Very Hoppy..... Especially For a Pale Ale. Smooth. A Little Dry at The End. I Didnít Care For It, But For The Hops Lover, Give it a Shot.