booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not particularly special, but done fairly well. A good solid IPA with a west-coasty flavor.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a moderate off white head. Cascade/grapefruit/pine aromas with a touch of malt in the background. Light sweetness again with the cascade hops taking back the flavors. A cross from an IPA and APA.
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting, though not remarkable. Amber color with a creamy head--in fact, across the board this brewery seems to produce creamy beers for the discerning palate. Mild hop effect, and it went superbly well with their homemade guacamole.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 This is a very good beer, although I'm somewhat partial to the style. Reminded me somewhat of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, yet not as citrusy; more emphasis on the piney notes. This is my standard beer order at Free State, although it may have to contend with the Oatmeal Stout in my beer-enlightened future.
PhillyBeer2112 (2566) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 This is nice, I appreciate the traditional approach to this beer, and whenever I have beers such as this one (very infrequently) I like to think that this is how ales were in England and America in the early 1800's. I appreciate the ruby-tinted amber/brown color and large foaming natural looking head. Aroma is earthy with some herbal hops and earthy almost smoky malts. A touch of grapefruit is apparent in the early whiffs but subsides quickly. Flavor is very well balanced, with a woody and earthy note that seems to result from both malt and hops. This is a beer that makes it very difficult to pick out the ingredients, everything is so well melded. In fact, its so good that you're missing out if drink this any cooler than about 60 deg F (although it can go down to the low 50's, you'll be amazed at its drinkability in the low 60's).
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tied as one of my favorites from Free State. I love grapefruit and wish I could have a body like this one.
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper body, ok head. Fresh grapefruit aroma. Flavor is solid grapefruit, but not a hop bomb. Limited sweetness, good flavor from tip of tongue to the back of the throat. Good stuff.
sov (15) - Bonny Doon, California, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
West Coaster here... Found this, Lawrence, and a lighting bolt over my head last year. Definatley a beautiful Pale with a gorgeous head.
Easy. Bite from the hop, better than the bolt.
Indra (2671) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an IPA, but it seems more of a British style than your typical American IPA, and certainly your West-Coasters. Nice amber-style malt sweetness here, with the hops providing the anchor to the overall flavor. Very easy to drink.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Bright glowing golden copper in color, clingy foamy head, nice lacing. Citrus and pine aroma of hops. Pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale , some malt flavors with a nice hop bite yet very easy to drink, has a clean and bitter taste, more of an English IPA, light to medium body nice crisp bitterness in the finish.