TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 12 oz bottle. Beautiful transmitted orange color; has a cloudy/murky reflected color. Initial reaction = not as good as Bass but better than Redhook; put it just under S.Nevada. Actually well balanced. Excellent aroma, decent lacing. Medium to high on the conditioning bite/sting. APA for sure; trying to copy the Brits using indiginous materials...Got a strange buzz from this beer, and I detect the piney-ness which is in their IPA (someone mentioned that this is the Chinook hop). Tastes like thier IPA w/ less hops.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, a delicious pale ale. I have never had this prior to the AB purchase, but it is wonderful and I donít see what people are so worried about.
vomit (163) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
While in Chi-town, I tried this at a local pub. Not great. Not bad. Not mediocre. It is what it was, and shall be. It was who I thought it would be, but I let it off the hook. But I digress. If there was a table with this stuff, Schlitz and Blatz, I would pound the Blatz, eye the Schlitz and let the ill-educated city folk have at this overpriced swill. All the while gleaming with VICTORY beaming from my blood shot eyes. Donít question it. Donít bother. Iíve been to Milwaukee so I ought to know.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium brown color, small head. Roasted, malts, floral hops with very little hop bitterness. Nice balance. Finish is clean and crisp.
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Hoppy but not overly so. Decent lasting head and good carbonation.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This a a decent ESB. It has a pleasant aroma and a dcent hop bite to it. It pours brown and doesnt have an overpwering aroma, but it is there nonetheless.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice aroma poured out of the bottle on this one, flowers and spices from the hops. Looks to be bottle conditioned so that is a plus! Quality session brew, and quite a good clone of a british ale for an american brewery ;)
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good PA with hints of being an amber ale. Sweet, caramel malt and a spicy hop finish with subtle fruit. Roasted, sweet malt lingers on the palate. The taste is good, might eb even better if the beer wasnt a little watery. A nice surprise during a layover at OíHare.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was a very smooth beer with no bitter after taste. It is rather malty but I would definitely drink it again.
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 8, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had this on draft at Brighton Music Hall in Boston at a Stranglers concert. The beer was not as good as the show. It was a dark amber color with little head. It had a malt sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The palette is quickly overwhelmed and the beer goes south fast. My first thought was actually dirty tap lines, so if I get to try it again, I will revise my review.