shadey (1911) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour was just a golden pale with a hint of amber with a decent soapy head. One of the better pale ales I have enjoyed. I very much enjoy this english style pale ale over the over-hopped american style. Quite tastey and easy to drink.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color: clear and amber-tinged, decent raft of milky foam floats on top.
Citrus in the nose, as well as hints of tropical fruits, nice hoppiness, fresh and lively, a little toasty, very English feeling.
Taste is more blase, finely balance, with plenty of†backup in the body, quite sufficient malt, and a recurrent ringing in from the hops, but itís not much ado, at all. Flavor is nice, but nothing special. Medium bodied, caramel taste butts in a bit before weíre through, and the finish is long and tasty.
An adequate ale all the way, something that fills in quite nicely as a standard sessioner...nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. Actually, despite that i prefer other types of ales, I like this better, for what it is, the more I drink.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wasnít blown away by this stuff, but it does leave a pleasant image in my mind. Good session beer.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first taste came at the Great Divide Ratebeer tasting during GABF weekend. If I rated it at that time I ouldíve rated it low for all the wrong reasons. After drinking oak aged Yeti, and Hercules Double IPA on tap this poor ale just couldnít make muster. Not that it was bad, itís just the others just blew me away. So now Iíve got the bottle purchased from the brewery to sample a couple weeks later. Yep itís a English style pale ale. Pours a nice clear amber with a quickly fading head. Thereís caramel malt and a hint of biscuits in the nose. Taste is of toasty and caramel malts with light notes of citrus and nuttiness. Hops are present but not aggressive, definitely way in the background. Pretty sweet with a very slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. My wife loves this beer. I donít like it that much, but it is a decent example of the style. Itís just my opinion, but I think Yeti or Herc should be GDís flagship ale.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured rich amber color with ring of foam (as Cobra said) etching its way down my glass...smelled weak grapefruits and peppery spiciness...taste is more malty than I expected...thin bodied...peppery bitter finish...not bad, but gold medal anything my ass...
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Space on label for freshness date, but none was notched in mine. Very weak ppfftt when opened. Barely made a sound. Poured out a medium amber color, not pale by any stretch of the imagination. No head at all. Barely a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing either.
Aromas of cheesy hops, Ringwood yeast, watery malts.
Tastes are about the same as the aromas. Cheesy hops, that damned Ringwood yeast, and weak malts. Thin mouthfeel, and watery body. Finished weak in all areas. I was not impressed by this beer whatsoever. Go back to the drawing board on this one, Great Divide.
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this 6 pack at Total Wine in Manassas, VA. Nice clear copper pour with a slim head. Nice earthy hoppy aroma. Dry hop taste. Very pleasant actually. Mild Vegetable presence, and good balance. A nice Pale Ale!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pleasant mild hoppy aroma with hints of honey and wood. Perfect clear pale ale color. Slight white head. Medium body. Unpleasant vegetable flavor mixes with good flavors of malt. Bad metallic finish. I had this in the bottle. Maybe better on draft?
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly citric hop aroma, smells like a mix of goldings and cascades to me. Straightforward malt character, with some darker crystal malt flavors. Hops are subdued, and only really show late. Some chalky water character. Serviceable, but not particularly captivating...
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Slightly darker than most pales, and also a bit more malty...maybe a bit too malty, as it seems to have thrown the balance off a little bit. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not much more.