phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a cloudy gold with plenty of sediments and a small white head that leaves a few bubbles at the surface and a thin white rim. Aroma is subtle, with earthy hops, citrus, grass, and malts. The flavor isn’t quite as quiet, with all of those elements along with straw, alcohol, honey, yeast, and stronger hops than the aroma. Light-medium bodied, bitter, and refreshing. Very nice APA.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma is grassy, citrusy hops, and a little biscuity malt. Flavor is much the same with a nice long bitter hop finish.
beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had in a 12 oz. bottle, pours dark golden honey color. Has a great flavor and hoppy taste. Scent is hops, grass, citrus, and thick malt. A great brew.
obxdude10 (2022) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very delicious and enjoyable APA. It starts with an interesting pour of a dark golden color, but with a hazy appearance and orange hue. The head is big and fluffy with great lacing. The nose is full of hops, grass, lemon zest and bready malts. The body is smooth, slightly creamy, balanced and delicious. The flavors feature notes of pine, citrus, lemon, floral hops and grass. There is also a nice balance of bready malts. The finish is again a little creamy, but more of the hops come through, featuring a real spicy and dry note. I sampled this in a bottle, but I imagine this is even better from the tap. Great APA!
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Lundeen’s Brew Ha-Ha 2009. Pours a hazy orang color with a modest off-white head. Aroma has a light sweet malt note but most of the aroma comes from the floral, grassy and orange citrus hops note with a light peach, apricot and banana fruitiness to it. Flavor is overall a moderate bitterness, light leafy bitterness, orange citrus and apricot really come through and finishes with a mild caramel malt note. The texture is a bit oily with a decent body to hold the flavors and a good amount of carbonation. The sweet apricot present in this pale was very different than other but did make it a bit interesting. Decent brew.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange-gold, abundant off-white head, good retention, streaks of lace on the glass. Hops aroma, principally floral, a bit of citrus aromatics there, too; yeasty must as well. Flavor strongly floral, balanced by the must and yeast of yeast. Malts provide balancing sweetness. Hops bitterness comes off as slightly soapy near the finish. Medium body, zest, lively palate. Soapy flavors are reinforced by a very soft palate.
omhper (19185) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Lightly hazy golden, richhead. Strong aroma of grapefruit. Fairly sweet with light, soft doughy malt. the lightness and softness allows for full access to the citrusy, perfumy hops. Very up front and hop driven. A focused pale ale up to Founders high standards!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pinhook. Cloudy yellow hue and thick creamy head like a hefe!! Nose is floral and citrus hops with a decent malt backbone. Flavor is more malty than expected, the hops are more in the background here and there is moderate floral and citrus tones mostly in the finish. An interesting beer with a hop nose and malt flavor, easy drinking and balanced with little alcohol heat. This doesn’t fit nearly into a classic style but is still delicious.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks coyotehunter! Cap came off with a strong -hiss- but didn’t gush out of the bottle, though the head rose very quickly in the glass and fell slowly and awkwardly. Seems like a tablespoon poured yields 3 inches of head. The thick head is prohibitive of much of the aroma, maybe some cinnamon. Some lemongrass in the sip, sweet bread, light bodied but a full and very lasting balance between lightly roasted grain and citrus hops. Bummer it took me ten pours to get it in my glass.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at the Pinhook in Durham, NC. My friends were recommending it to me, but once I had it, I could not enjoy fully. The tangy, semi salty, semi sweet, semi sour flavour ruined it for me. Bad batch, or is supposed to be like this? Unique, but not so good for me.