bhensonb (12150) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Amber gold color with a huge, frothy white head. Citric/floral hop aroma. Medium body with creamy/frothy carbonation. Flavor is fruity/hoppy over light caramel. Well balanced - it could be an ESB. Finishes extremely tasty - smooth and bitter. Just a joy to drink.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a foamy off-white head that laces nicely. Aroma is light but not uncomplex. Initially its a pleansantly sweet fruity aroma, slightly citirc, fresh hops, then the underlying malt is caramel, but so smoothly sweet that you could swear it was maple or vanilla, and maybe even slightly chocolate. The flavor was the perfect balance of fresh hops and fruity sweet caramel malt. I was honestly a little stunned by how well balanced it was. There is no compromise one way or the other. Palate was medium bodied and the carbonation along with the fresh hoppy flavor gave the feeling of unrelenting freshness like having just brushed your teeth or quenched some unslakeable thirst. I’m honestly didn’t expect this from a pale ale.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good fresh hop aroma. Pretty light, lightly sweet malts backed up with a hoppy finish. Decent.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found some old notes. (9/29/07). Bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold. Orange zest nose with some grassy notes to it. Flavors follow adding a lot of bready malt flavors.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazy deep orange pour with a dense white film of head. Light zesty citrus hop notes in the aroma along with light plasticy phenols and apparent cookie-like malt character. Medium carbonation. Cookie-like malt body gives a light sweetness with a mild citrus character. Some zesty notes, and relatively unassertive overall. It could use less carbonation. I don’t think this bottle was too fresh, but it seemed like an OK APA.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Seems underrated to me. Aroma isn’t much - really green, really sharp. But the flavor!! Opens like apple juice, mid palate like champagne, and a finish smoother and crisper (and drier) than Alpha King. I think aside from the aroma, this is the best Pale Ale made in the US today.
Slipstream (2193) - USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice drawing of 1920s beauty on the label. Nice big head, but below average aroma, with some soap and herbs. My bottle might have been a little off. The flavor is dry and a fairly sharp, with hints of grapefruit pith. A lot of Cascade hops for a PA, and some light floral flavors too. Foamy with a tingly mouthfeel. An interesting and full flavored pale ale.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am pretty sure I got a bad bottle, so maybe I should hold off on rating this. Very high carbonation, huge head and very fizzy throughout. Lots of sweetness with some piney hop flavor. Something strange in the taste that tasted like bad homebrew, but I think it was just my bottle.
Arayaga2 (1880) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange with an obnoxious amount of whipped creamy head (overcarbonated and gushing with a surplus of bubbles visible). Spicy ginger and sweet pineapple notes in the aroma. Muted, somewhat grapey flavors and very high carbonation make this drinkable, but not outstanding, $2/12oz
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a hazy copper with a three finger rocky white head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with sweet malt and a touch of caramel. Taste is the same as the aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and very high carbonation. Good.