antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear deep copper with a thin, lasting white head. Aromas of spicy and earthy hops over a toasted malt base. Cleaner and more subtle aroma than Bass, but similar. Tasty slightly orange flavored earthy hops with a light caramel malt background. Less fruity than an English Pale from England, but light, tasty, and easy to drink. Carbonation not overdone, adding to the drinkability. Light body and dry finish leaves you ready for more. Excellent noncomplex session ale without the pine needle-grapefruit pounding of many American-style Pale Ales.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber with a moderate long-lasting beige head and good lacing. Aroma of light orange, florals, and a hint of chocolate. Falvor of mild hops, grass, caramel, and earthiness.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of caramel malts, a touch of fruit, and spicy hops. Flavors of crisp hops with a sweet malt taste. Nice finish.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours hazy copper with a frothy head. not much of a nose to this but taste starts bitter, ending quickly with no real palate.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with a thin sustained white head. Slightly burnt buttered toffee aroma with some spicy hops and alcohol. Very clean flavor with biscuits, toffee, vanilla, maybe some pear. Earthy, spicy, fruity hop flavor. Nice finishing bitterness. A little light in body for my tastes. Still, a strong rendition of the style.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. BEAUTIFUL, deep copper pour (a Pale? Looks (and tastes) as Amber as they come to me!). Moderate, foamy, pale white/tan head, EXCELLENT activity! Instant rush of hops to the nose, pause and let it settle. Lacing all around, activity that won’t quit. Strong, bitter attack that continues over the middle, finishes strong, and lingers. Thin, sharp body, that doesn’t offend; a glamour model here for sure! Lace and activity that DOES NOT QUIT to the bottom of the glass. Quite hoppy for sure, but not offensively so. MIGHT BE a near perfect balance here, I’ll rerate later.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe it’s the hot and tired talking, but I liked this one. Foamy and slightly malty aroma with just a hint of hops. Clove and smoky malt flavors, with just a touch of lacing left by the head.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Doesn’t smell too good (my brother thinks it has the aroma of ass). Doesn’t taste too much better. Not a beer I would recommend or be proud of.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draft: Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, OR) A basic English Pale Ale, this seems somewhat "Americanized" by the prominent hoppiness up front with mild bitterness. It becomes more "English" in the finish when the hops subsides and the modest nutty character finally comes out. Backward from how it normally works, but that’s the way it’s working with this beer today. Quite carbonated at first, but once that settles down, it has a smooth, soft mouthfeel and creamy finish. Pretty copper colored body is topped by a half-inch of off-white head that gradually settles to a thin, but broken layer. Pretty bland overall, and there are plenty of better interpretations of the style from other American brewers, so this is average at best.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty caraamel aroma some sweet malts also present. Body was a dark amber color with tan head and decent lacing. Flavor was a well balanced mis of hops and malts. Smooth easy drinking decent beer.