GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear amber with just under a finger off-white head. Aromas of citrus, light dankness, pine, floral. Tasting notes of floral, pine, caramel, grapefruit citrus, resiny hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this but it tastes pretty good to me.
Jrwhitney6 (346) - - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep gold color with minimal head. Nose is somewhat floral and piney. Taste is caramel up front with bitterness on finish. Good
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k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at james joyce, baltimore. Clear amber color, white head. Aroma is quite light, fruity, hops, malts. Taste is all about fresh hops, fruity, malty body.
radio_nowhere (981) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft into lager glass at Madrones in Frederick, MD. Coppery-golden color with white head. Aroma of piney/citrus hops, malt sweetness and light caramel note. Taste is the aroma adding some fruitiness and breadiness. Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp with dry bitter finish. Overall a nice APA.
BOSSbrewer (2247) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours yellow with a thin white head. On tap at Alewife in Baltimore. Nose is pine and citrus. Fairly hoppy. More like an ipa. Very nice. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
DiarmaidBHK (3599) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Shawan Liquors. Pours golden with a thin white head. Has a bit of pine on the nose. A bit maltier on the tongue than I prefer. Has a slight hop bite on the finish. It’s drinkable but not particularly compelling.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a light copper color with very little white head. Smells of citrus and grassy hops with toasted malt. Tastes of piney and earthy hops, nice malt backbone. Medium body, smooth, low carbonation.
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Maryland Microbrewery Festival. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus and pine. Semi-sweet, smooth beer that is real drinkable. I like it
lhorner7 (11) - - SEP 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BPA pours clear with a finger of foam. Huge dry-hop aroma from the glass. Beer drinks with much less bitterness than than you’d think after getting the aroma. Light-bodied, hop forward APA. Easy drinking.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. A fluffy, off-white head of about two fingers is formed, and is slow to fade away. Nice lacing is left on the glass.
S: This is more along the lines of a piney/floral pale ale than a citrusy one, but even against my preferences, it works well. Sweet, nutty malts with a bit of floral hops stand out at first, before turning more in favor of the hops. Notes of butterscotch and black pepper help to round out the aroma.
T: There’s a great maltiness on the opening flavors which set it apart from other pales. It’s very well incorporated into the piny hop finish - and has a nuttiness to it most brown ales would kill for. Bitterness is high without being extreme. It’s really well balanced, and not in that insipid manner most ’balanced’ IPAs are, either.
M: At first, I wonder if the sweet malts will bother me, but they’re nicely cleaned up on the crisp, dry finish. A bitter linger of hop oils accumulate. General drinkability is excellent, too.
O: I half expected some gimmicky, mediocre pale ale more interested in B’more pride than actually being a good beer. I was wrong. Compared to the last beer I had before this (a session IPA brewed with highfalutin’ Simcoe and Citra hops - I won’t say which brewery, but it sucked ass), this is a damn revelation. These guys brewed a solid pale ale without resorting to trendy hops: Full Tilt could be a brewery to watch in the next few years.