Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wonderfully hoppy aroma mixed with a rich hoppy smooth taste that just makes you want to drink too you fall over. I love this beer, not too bitter, full of flavor, a real winner.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a mosty tasty brew. Pours a dark golden color, very bubbly and frothy but the head quickly dissipates. A slight cloudiness, with some suspended yeastiness at the end. Floral bouquet of citrus, pine and flowers. Strong hop flavor from start to finish, very citric and juicy with a hint of pine. Finishes crisp. A delightful brew and a must seek for those who love the hops! Special thanks to Derek Arent for this nugget nectar.
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, 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.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A classic example of the West Coast pale--a summer sipper with lotsa light and crispness. The name is actually a bit misleading because the beer’s not a hop monster; my guess is that hop infusions are made throughout the boil so that you get a total hop experience--flavor, aroma, and a nice, but certainly not extreme bittering. Hard to imagine a beer better suited to a sunny afternoon.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Newly bottled 22oz.: Pale reddish brown beer, aromas of hay and and freshly cut spruce boughs. Smooth, all most lager-like on the palate, with a slight hint of roast and a dryness to it, good cleansing bitterness, fairly high. Very clean amalgam of citrus, floral, herbal and caramel. Classy, "premium" tasting brew.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I gotta say, this didn't grab me at first, but it grew on me.
Pours a golden color that's just right for style with a very nice head that lasted quite a while.
Aroma is very hoppy. Now, I mean *very* hoppy. In fact, the hoppiness overtakes any other scent, but *damn* it's good.
Taste is hoppy, whad'a suprise. Definate Cascade presence. But it's balanced quite well as it's not overly hoppy despite the name.
Palate is full and creamy, yet crisp. Overall, this is a damn good example of the style and well worth seeking out. I'm not a Full Sail fan per se, but I've come to respect their "Brewers Reserves."
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great fresh hop flavor here, lush and bitter and piney. Malt backbone is a little shakey, but I had no trouble pounding this one down. Excellent!
BBB63 (5964) - 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.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark bronze with a fluffy white head and stringy lacing. Blend of citrus hops with some notes of soap in the nose. Floral and bitter. Balanced out well with a nice backing of malts. Bitter comes out more in the flavor along with citrus; mostly lemons and orange. Smooth hoppy tail that I love. Hops and malts blend very well.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full Sail Brewing Company--Hopocity Ale--Brewmaster’s Reserve 2005 22 oz. Bottle Release --5.20% ABV--55 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lace head. Clear thin light amber color. Rich buttery floral hop front. Wheat? Creamy cloying mild sweet butterscotch caramel biscuit butter Pils Pale Hop Oil body. Rich smooth balanced hop spice end. Sampled 4/25/2005.