AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
had this one out of a barrel, light brown/orange color, white head, fruity/flowery aroma, crisp hoppy taste, sweet malty flavor with a dry finish. A quality pale by all means.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium yellow hue with small head and little lace. Aroma hints of roasted biscuit malts, piney/fruity english hops, and earthy yeast. Taste is that of mellow hops and soft sweet malts. Undertone of dry grain and mint. A solid session beer, quaffable and easy going, but not boring.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It says dry hopped on the label, but I'm not sure you can get it bottled without the dry hopping. Golden color with an egg shell colored head that left cob webs of lace on the glass. Flowery pine hop nose. Flavor definitly focuses on the hops with lots of bitter orange citrus taste. Dry finish with an almost tongue numbing bitterness that is not unpleasant.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 Dry-hopped version: Bleached pumpkin. Tight, sticky dull-white foam. Classic aroma of spruce, white grape, and sweet biscuity malts. Softened mint notes amid hints of glazed peach, lemon zest, and caramel. Subtle notes of sour apple and figgish hop resins. Slick and jellyish. Perfectly grainy and full on the palate. Tightly-packed carbonation. Big juicy flavors with a beautiful balance between rich jellied malts, flowers, root, and pine. Tantalizing shades of nutty yeast take the flavor development to another level and brighten up the hop flavors. Finishes slightly dry, with a substantial helping of coarse, numbing hops, along with traces of rock candy, perfumed hop leaf, and mango. American, with its fresh, lively citrus hop aromas and bitterness, but more English, with its relentless malt counterattack and English yeast tendencies. A textbook version, regardless.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, with a slight haze. Bready malt underpins citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Light citric hoppiness carries the body.
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Ashley's in Ann Arbor after the MIBG Fest. Light golden-orange colour, typical floral aroma and bitter hop flavour. Maybe my taste buds were burnt out from the hours of tasting, but I found it hard to get very excited about this one. It was decent, but nothing special.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Very good Pale Ale. Orange colored. Pours with a big head, which quickly settles. Balance between malt and hops. Aroma of Casacade on every sniff. Bitter sweet finish.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber,with a small,white head.Mostly diminishing,leaves a ring.Decent malts in the aroma but mainly cascades. Soft carbonation,good malts lead to a good mouthfeel.Good balance.Sweet,toasty,malts,with cascades before the finish and in the finish.Lingering pale malt and earthy hop flavors.Not overdone in the hop department(what I was expecting). Damn good!
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this a bit thin (lack of malt) with a nice hop bite. The beer is smooth and very drinkable, but a bit to lite for me.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 I made a deal with light-colored beers: when the thermometer hits 90, Iíll reluctantly put aside my decadent stouts and give the light beers some playing time. In that case, Founders Pale Ale will be one of my regulars. A crisp, refreshing APA that is perfectly balanced and easy to drink. This reminds me of Bells Oberon for some reason, even though itís not a wheat. A solid summer beer, in my opinion, perfect for sipping while swatting mosquitoes and sweating in the heat and humidity.