Nuffield (4049) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This definitely reminds me of a number of pints I had in England, although it would obviously be on the hoppier side. It poured amber/bronze with a good size cream-white head. The first whiff of aroma was definitely orange, then caramel and a strong wet tea leaves note. Some alcohol is present, too, giving it a touch of effevescence. The flavors arenít as well rounded as the aromas, giving off a strong iced tea fusion with a somewhat murky nut edge. A bit of the piney hops (I think I agree with another person who identified it as more spruce than pine...well picked up!) and a moderate toasted flavor carries on with a bitterness than hangs on the mid-back of my tongue. Moderately oily and gently sticky malt palate, modified by that bitterness. Iíve been really pleased with Great Divide lately in the sense that theyíre bringing some good beers into Texas, and their bigger beers are interesting and fun, though Iím still finding that they donít always appeal to the purely hedonistic taste-test. Cíest la vie, it is still a beer worth trying even if it doesnít win huge raves from me.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New label on a 12 oz. bottle. November 2004 bottling. A large white head. A dark amber color with few bubbles. Aroma of oranges, grass and some sweet cherries. The taste is roasted caramel. Also some orange peel and some toast. This has a rather strong citrus character that is pleasurable. A sticky mouthfeel. Pretty bold for an English Pale Ale.
FlacoAlto (4139) - 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 (5030) - 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 (2262) - 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 (7223) - 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 (9104) - 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 (1037) - Petaluma, 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 (1748) - 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.