blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at C’Est What Spring Festival. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size somewhat-lasting creamy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, resiny and lightly spicy, backed by sweet malt. Flavour’s also nice, follows the aroma and is hoppier then expected. Long bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- well done!
lusikka (5948) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aroma of biscuit, grass and herbal notes. Flavour is quite mild with mild caramel notes, biscuit, some fruitiness and grass. Minty herbal notes too. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Mild and boring.
mcberko (5941) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at tasting, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of floral and grassy hops, citrus and bready malts. Pretty decent but uninteresting.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A sharp grapefruity pale ale with a timid malt bill. Decent
How: Bottle 355ml. Consumed fresh two weeks after purchase
The look: Clear rusty amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is typical but always pleasant citrusy hops with grapefruits being the dominant fruits. Taste proposes a fragile malt bill with crisp crackery malts, a bit of residual sugar and then a sharp and strong citrusy bitterness (mostly bitter grapefruits). I prefer that kind of razor sharp grapefruity bitterness is better suited in a beer with a more round and caramelized body. So for my personal taste I found there was a mismatch between the malt bill and hop bill. Yet, this type of bitter APA when consumed fresh (as it was the case here) can only be enjoyable. An Hoptical Illusion is when I try to grab a hoppy beer but then the beer disappears and all I can see is only wood and dirt. Ok, ok, I admit, I was drunk and fell flat on my face.
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my trading partner Andrew - thanks! Don’t know if I’d call this an amber ale - plays like a nicely hopped rich pale ale. Citrus and floral, good hop bite, well balanced. Very good.
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, malts, biscuits and hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, resinous hops, biscuits and some distant berry notes. Way too "english" for me. They should have not made the u-torn but go forward at full speed. A disappointment.
DSG (5631) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David C. Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma of piney hops, toasty and citric notes and light grainy hints. Flavor has some malty sweetness but gradually turns drier and bitter with fresh pine-needles hoppiness. Medium-bodied.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Red amber, light haze, huge rocky offwhite head. Leafy green nose, fruity malt flavor, light berry note, grass, pine, citrus. Chewy, mellow mouthfeel. Nice balance.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 [2322-20090722] Tap. Mild citrus toast bite aroma. Clear, bright amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and nice thick lacing. Very tasty malt toast flavour with a long toasty hops finish. Medium body has nice bitterness. Wonderful balance of hops and malt, really enjoyable. (6/4/8/4/17) 3.9
(@ C’est What; Toronto, ON)
[2507B-20091002] Tap. Plastic hop spruce aroma. Murky, dark brown amber body with a quick bubbly white head. Spruce hops resiny bark flavour has a fruity finish. Medium body is flat. Really interesting fruity spruce hops and bizarre ’crystal’ clear taste. (6/2/7/3/14) 3.4
(21st FFOCB @ C’est What; Toronto, ON; Called "Hoppopatamonkey")
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can see why they call this an "Almost Pale Ale" - it definitely seems like a hoppy amber as opposed to a pale ale. Caramel, toffee, and a bit resiny, woodsy hop bite at the finish. Not bad. Thanks to jerc for the trade!