argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(RBSG04) Off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel, pine. Medium body, some chewy. A bit big for an APA, not that I’m complaining.
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly murky yellow. Musty, leafy hop nose, sugars and a very sweet peach flavor initially, then the hop bitterness takes hold... peachy and leafy, stale paper flavor eventually, ending with a mild hopped buzz.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at the pilsner room in portland. it can be a bit hard to find things to say about standard apa’s like this one. anyways, pine and lychee aroma, dark golden appearance, pretty sweet, grapefruit lemonade, plenty of bitterness, perfectly good
PorterPounder (7421) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Humpy’s Alehouse in downtown Anchorage. Dark, murky orange appearance with a creamy, silky white head. Stron aroma that is at first offensive - but mellows to that of fresh fruit with some floral accents as well. Very hoppy for an APA - tastes more like an Imperial IPA. Very citrusy bt with a heavy malty, nutty sweet balance to even it out. Excellent mouthfeel. Another good effort from Full Sail.
Ernest (7361) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, Falling Rock’s 8th Anniversary Party.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A surprisingly easy-going, quaffing APA.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark golden, small sudsy white head, with lively carbonation. Aroma is fairly hoppy for a Pale. Slight piney notes as well. Flavor is forwardly hoppy, but not overly bitter. Midway through the hoppiness just falls off the tongue. At that point this beer becomes slightly hollow. Rather bizarre, good start but the finish is really lacking, too abrupt. Perhaps thats the intention since this is a Pale Ale and not an IPA? Not as crisp or clean as I would have liked, could have been a bit maltier, seems a bit unbalanced. Enjoyable, but not for me.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2004: The last of three Full Sail beers I opened and rated. I saved the other two and carried back for Joe’s after thanksgiving party (I’m still miffed I couldn’t find Old Boardhead, oh well). The appearance is a bronze hue with a good tight head and above average lace. The aroma has notes of pale and caramel malts, citric and grassy hops, and earthy yeast esters. I love the taste of this APA for it has a wonderful balance of bitters, fruits, and bready sweet malts. Very good depth yet never overpowering. I liked the touch of leafy lime notes towards the end and some sublime spice character. The feel was a bit of a let down I must admit, a bit watery for all that flavor. Still I have had much worse. This is a big APA but keeps it’s hands to itself and doesn’t overstep the bounds of the genre. I like the name too! Give it a try.
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Humpy’s Alaskan Ale House, Anchorage. Orange with a thin and sticky head. Nice quiet little hop aroma. Solid enough hop-metallic flavors with a hint/breeze of grapefruit, very nice little pale ale, American style.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden Orange, thin white head. Floral, grapefruit, perfumy pine aroma. Pine and woodsy flavors, as well. Very woodsy, resiny hop flaovrs. Earthy hop flavors, as well. Some malt flavors, but mostly hops. Balance is over rated, anyway. Thanks, Secret Santa!
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 2004 bottle. The color jumped out at me right away as being quite warm and rosy for an APA. Not the typical straw-yellow, but a nice reddish-orange, burnished copper, lightly hazy, with small little sediment pieces suspended well throughout the beer. Good white head sticks around. Aroma of hops, floral and dry, lightly bready and papery, some hints of orange. Flavor is much the same, very hoppy, bitter, juicy. I will agree with TannerTavernboys that the flavors didnt quite match the aroma. My biggest complaint was the relative lack of complexity. Even after letting it warm fully, it just seemed like another highly hopped beer. Not a tremendous amount of malt, light caramel at most. Medium body, some wateriness. Not bad, per se, but just kind of boring. Dosent stand out to make me want to buy it again.