IndianaRed (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear medium amber/brown with an average off-white head that has real lasting power. Nice thick lacing too. Aromas are grassy, woody and fairly sweet. Flavor is somewhat biter like an ESP but not darker and fuller than just a strong hops bite. Feel is a bit thin and the carbonation is average.. Drinkable butr not special. Thanks to MrFacto for this one.
Reid (2091) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In appearance ,it is a very attractive,glowing amber beer.With some nice carbonation and a good sized bubbly white head. Some great lacing.
Good fresh aroma,malty and slightly hoppy.Slight caramel scent.
Quite malty ,caramel, in taste to start, thena nice hop bitterness, also slightly fruity.
pretty good on the tongue, slight dry finish and a nice aftertaste.
A nicely done Pale ale..great drinkability.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Best buy 11/01/04 (oops, I just bought it today!). 12oz bottle. Pint glass. 53 degrees. Reddish orange color, off white head, some lacing. Sweet hoppy aroma. The taste is either balanced or not very hoppy. Some malt sweetness, some piney/floral hops flavor, but just kind of bland. Finish is abrupt, no hop tingle, no lasting flavors, just, not much at all. Maybe it would have been better fresher? If this really was the true flavor, then it would be an easy intro into pale ale’s. This is my first time out of the bottle and my first time rating it and I am suprised by the lack of flavor because I have had this before at Chicago events (parties/taste of chicago) and it was pretty good for a beer that you would get at an event like that. I will re-rate this one.
RERATE: No need for a re-rate. This is very much an English pale ale. Malty, moderate bitterness from earthy hops, and easy to drink. It is what it is, but not really my kind of beer.
jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fair appearance with the aroma of orange citrus, hops, and wheat bread. The beer isn’t too much to speak of on the palate, and finishes a little sour. Flavors are all full and in balance, except for the orange, which diminishes a bit. A solid pale ale with a little extra complexity from the spice and fruit notes.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty Common APA...there was not much there that made me want more... but I have had worse. It is a good beer though and a solid purchase for $1.30/bottle
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 RERATE: Folks, there is some confusion about this beer. It is NOT an APA. It is an English bitter. If you are rating this as an APA of course it doesn’t make the grade. As a bitter however, it is a good example of the style.
Amber pour with small head, some lacing. Malt aroma with some grain. Taste sweet malts light hops with a slightly bitter finish. A nice mouthfeel, smooth but just a tad watery. Basically a good initial flavor, a nice malty middle but an uninspired finish. A drinkable beer and a good deal for the price (I paid 5.99 for this one)
Goblincat (394) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored. Lots of hops and malt on the nose. A real smooth, hoppy ale with a bitter finish. Quite good.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty nose, slight green hop. Pretty hoppy, husky malt flavor. Not as good as I remember. A slightly sweeter finish would help a lot.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a small head and light lacing. Aroma is deep citrus with a deffinate grapefruit taste, my first from this brewery and its a good start.
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample. I’ve had this on tap before and found that version more to my liking, In the bottled version I get a nice malt kick to start of. When the hops begin, I get a grassy tea-like aftertaste. Still a great brew, but much better on tap.