Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Holiday Inn Express - Geneva, NY. Pours totally clear copper-gold with a foamy white head. The nose holds leafy hops, caramel, bread and pine. Medium sweet flavor with notes of graham crackers, toasty bread, oily pine. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some faded and leafy hops, more caramel. So so.
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty, well-balanced pale ale. Caramel malts at the front, with a mild hop bitterness underneath. Nice, standard pale ale aroma. Caramel colored, with soapy head.
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Red-orange in color, head is small and off white. Apricot and (really) fruity peach aroma up front that wanes info soft leather, grapefruit rind, and a bit of pinecone. Flavor has a rather hefty caramel maltiness initially, but pine resin and citrus fruits pop up shortly thereafter. Finish is moderately bitter with lots of grapefruit rind but also with a sweet, almost cranberry fruitiness. I appreciate the malt balance but think they may have overdone it a tad - at times it seems too caramelly.
TheHopster (1045) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) One of Mark’s picks for the 25th anniversary dinner. A decent APA to begin the session.
blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a deep amber-gold with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, more Barley Wine-ish then Pale Ale -- odd. Sweet fruity flavour along with some light hops -- again, not like a Pale Ale. Medium bodied. Not on style but decent enough to drink.
JaBier (6979) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased as part of a mixed sixer at Kroger Stoneridge. Clear amber pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, grassy hop and pine. Malty and citrusy flavor with sweet caramel before a grassy hop finish.
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Boulder Liquor Mart. Clear, rust orange appearance with a light brown head. Caramel, bitter herbal hops, some pine, grapefruit in the nose. Moderate high bitterness and sweetness. Tons of caramel and bland, piney hops. Not offensive but it is boring.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear dull amber with a foamy white head. Stewed caramel malt worty aroma, hops come across as basic pine sap and maraschino cherry syrup. Medium-light body, flabby and syrupy and sweet, seemingly unfinished. Malt that tastes like extract syrup and vegemite (but that could be the autolyzed yeast). Sour, thin, raw bitter finish. Hoppy pale ale is so easy to make these days, which makes this 90’s-era goopy mess so much worse.
stevoj (3944) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Props for the Idaho connection. Hops lean towards the resinous side, woody and astringent. Amber body with adequate airy head. Slightly fruity nose, grapes, wood. Taste is malt (mildly sour) with some dry hop bitterness. A SN APA this is not....more of a sipper
jeffbigD (134) - - APR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid apa, nice blend of hops and grains. Overall nice flavor and after taste.