VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber with the slightest chill haze. Small, foamy white head. Light carbonation. Aroma of citrus, Ringwood yeast and mild hints of spicy German hops. Mellow, oily and rich. Hoppy aftertaste with notes of citrus and florally spicy hops. Medium body. Solid balance of pale malts. Dry. Deft interplay of gentle yeasty fruitiness. Finishes fuller with more of an herbal/citrus mix. Very nice, although I question the freshness of this sample.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-coloured with good head and adequate lacing. Moderate musty (horseblankets?) nose. Medium-Thin body w/ slight stickiness. Dry, peppery flavour. Earthy, bitter, lasting finish which slightly overpowers malt flavours. I also swear that I get seafood flavours (crawfish, lobster) but am unconvinced (i.e., undue influence of label and fact that it’s produced in Maine).
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of bland with nothing special to offer. Wattered down with low flavor and aroma.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing new about this pale ale, as they call it.A standard offering, recommend it on tap before bottle.
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Either this beer has gotten worse over the years, or my tastes have changed. A decent pale ale, with e nice look and enough hops for everyone. It is just lacking something...
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Reporting from the land of ringwood yeast. In my opinion this beer has everything execpt, it was fermented with ringwood.
boto (1843) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent beer. A nice mix of matiness and hoppiness. Mine was draught, not bottled.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, light amber/orange with thin head and lace. Subdued nose of doughy malt, light citrusy and bitter hops. Decent chewy malt backbone, hops bite nicely. I think this is pretty tasty, a little thin yes but nothing bad IMHO.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This brew reminded me of a UK Bitter, and then I look at the style and it says ’English Pale Ale’. Whaddaya know! It’s rather bitter, of course, and has tons of malty backbone for support. Didn’t smell all the nastiness some other raters experienced.
joet (2154) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This had the same kind of river eddy stench that was very common in New Orleans beers. What the hops couldn’t mask was just terrible.