FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled November 2004, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear full copper color, it is topped by a light amber tan head with a fairly low level of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and hopily spiced with notes of tangerine, apricot, and oranges, and a nice fruity flower nectar type thing. The taste is quite well balanced. This beer is not quite sweet yet quite fruity & hoppy. It is very well balanced with a complimenting malty caramel note that accentuates the hops. This beer reminds me of candied orange peels, spruce tips. The hops nearly dance across my tongue with spicy herbal notes of pine and a nice bitterness that moves from the middle of my tongue to the back of my mouth as this beer passes down my gullet. This is just a really nicely made Pale Ale, it is actually even better than the IPA and IIPA from this brewery.
Aurelius (4317) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting aroma - tangy fruit, hops, pleasant diacetyl, some raisins and darker malts. Very persistant head which pours tall. Coppery brew, bad label. Dry, grassy, the darker malts come through over whatever boring light malts were used. Not very hoppy at all. Thinnish body, quick green nut finish. Some chemical in the aftertaste.
obxdude10 (2055) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty average pale ale, copper in color with an overly-generous off-white head, moderate lacing, nice combination of sweet malt & flowery hops in the nose, medium in body, very smooth & drinkable, would make for a decent session beer, balanced body of flavors, nice malt flavor with subtle hop characters
PorterPounder (5654) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle - Whip In Liquors, Austin, Tx. Pours a murky, dark orange with a very thin white head, light lacing. Aroma has some floral notes, a bit of nuttiness, not bad. Flavor has that patented nutty-citrusy-malty home brew kind of taste that turns cloyingly sweet after a while but at first is quite pleasing - not too unlike Fat Tire. Mouthfeel is rich and thick though and it finished strong which redeems it somewhat. Not a bad diversion.
3fourths (8214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Bottle. Good body, the right kind of flavor for an APA (not English). Lightly hoppy with pine and grass and hay, sweet honey malt flavors. Nice caramel and soft pine aroma. I enjoyed this one.
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
flagship? nah. moderately malty--toasty, nuts, caramel. moderately hoppy--grass, perfume. most notable is the large and rocky head. i didnít like this so much, but itís not bad. i think itís well rounded.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enormous meringue-like head over an amber body. Tons of carbonation in this one. Grahm cracker aroma with an oragne citrus, pollen and grass kick. Once this beer warms up the aroma gets pretty interesting, not your typical PNW-hopped pale ale (yeah I know itís an EPA but itís also from Great Divide). Nicely malted flavor. More grahm cracker but it takes a backseat to clover honey and floral hops. A letdown after the aroma, itís not as sublte. Slightly spicy grassy finish with a caramel/honey background.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at B-52 1/9/05 amber pour, thick white head. Jazzy, piney aroma. Smooth body and carbonation. Balance between the slightly carmely malt and the piney, crisp hops is very nice. Clean beer.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, light hoppy aroma.Creamy white head that was nicely lasting with excellent lacing. Color was orange / amber slightly hazy.Finish and flavor a bit bland for an I.P.A. Overall not bad for a bottled I.P.A.
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew made in Oct of 03 poured a unnoted head size of all foam made up of finely sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly bubbly and hoppy that disappears in the finish. Its flavor contained strong initial hoppy notes and soon fades into finish.