bhensonb (13516) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours translucent gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of green grassy/herby hops. Med + body. Flavor is herb/grass over pale malt. This is a light beer, carbohydrate wise, but pretty heavy on the hop. Which seems to be a mix of pine and citrus after thinking about it. No real hop burn, but there seems to be a hoppy oiliness in the mouth. It cannot be, but I’ll posit this is as hoppy as many DIPAs and more than many IPAs. Amazing for such a low ABV ale.
ineedbeer (1573) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has moderate cracker and pale malt background. Moderate hop character with citrus and tropical fruit being most dominant but with a fairly strong resin note as well.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big white head that has moderately good retention. Moderately high lacing and faint legs.
Flavor starts with slightly sweet cracker and biscuit notes. Moderate hop notes with citrus and tropical fruit well balanced. Moderately strong pine resin note. Bitterness is also moderately strong. Finish has another cracker malt resurgence along with a light lingering resiny bitterness. Faint fruitiness in finish as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Faint astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very enjoyable pale ale. Nice light malt character with a good assertive bitterness. The hop character could be a bit brighter but this balance allows for a good make character which is more to style. I could definitely drink a few of these.
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz can. Pours a hazy medium amber with a gigantic white sudsy head. Big fresh pine and a bit of grapefruit on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty light caramel with pine and grapefruit on the mid palate. Long dry finish. Very nice.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
can from Lets Pour, pale golden straw color. one finger head and decent lacing. hop forward aroma 7+, lots of lemon peel & pith. Citrus hop flavor, citrus zest, pith, lemon, grapefruit & orange notes. Quite bitter @ 4.5%, tastes like a much higher ABV APA. Pretty good
bfeucht (3) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can to tulip. Clear with a pale golden color. Thick white head diminishing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Passion fruit and grapefruit aroma. Fruit and light malt carries through sip. Finishes with a sharp bitterness and biscuit. Leaves me wanting another sip. Great sessionable beer.
Hanuta06 (426) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: from tap at Smarty Pants.
Aroma: lightly piney hoppy.
Appearance: small, frothy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-yellow body.
Taste: moderately bitter initial flavor and finish with average duration.
Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: excellent. Very light hoppy aroma and the taste was not overwhelmingly bitter. I would certainly drink this again.
jnanakul (26) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip from a can. Hazy golden color with a small off white head. Citrus and slight floral hoppy aroma. Flavor follows aroma. The hops come through fairly strong towards the end and it finishes fairly bitter. Not as well balanced as I’d like, but overall I’d say it’s drinkable.
50belair (3204) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Light yellow pour with a white head. Bitter hop aromas. Grassy hop notes. Bitter and refreshing. Average mouthfeel and body. Good carbonation. A nice pale ale.
Beerdrinker79 (1943) - Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can poured into my new Sierra Nevada IPA glass- Pours slightly hazy golden with a huge three and a half finger head and nice sheeting lace. Aroma is very citrusy, resinous pine, sweet. The flavor is kind of grainy surprisingly, cereal, a good amount of bitter hop bite after the swallow that would rival some IPA’s, but the nice aroma did not translate to the taste unfortunately. As it sits a mild sweetness does present itself, mellowing out the harsh bitterness, I was considering giving the taste only a 6, but this has really improved, a pale ale that you need to let breathe, that’s a new one. Body is medium to light, carbonation is medium. Overall I don’t really understand the whole pale ale for an anniversary beer, or is this the Seattle beer week anniversary(?), kind of confusing, but a pretty basic beer and intentionally sessionable.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap pours a pale golden color with a thin white head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, citrus,and tropical. Tastes of all the same things with a pretty good hop bite. Mouthfeel is pretty light with good carbonation. This was a good and hoppy session pale ale. Could probably drink 3 or 4 pints of this no problem.