BrockLanders (780) - 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 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, 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 (1281) - 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 (1374) - 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.
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good, but I prefer the English pale ale style over the American pale ale style. The English style tends to be sweeter, where the American style tends to be hoppier.
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 A nice rendition of the calssic English pale ale style. Great hazy copper color with an off-white head that diminshes slowly and leaves lace down the glass and a touch of foam on the suface. Aroma is malty but on the light side. Flavor begins with hops but a bit of maltiness comes through in the middle. Finishes pretty dry though, and almost chalky. Adequately bitter. I have a feeling my Great Divide samples might not have traveled well from Denver--I notice a slightly sour smell and taste that Iím guessing shouldnít be there. Might try this again another time of the year to see if I get a different impression. Discounting those problems, Iíd say this is an okay ale. It doesnít exactly knock my socks off, because in the end I think itís a bit mediocre and bland. But itís not bad. A little more of one or more ingredients would help--more hops, more malt?
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very nice appearance--copper colored with a foamy white head. Aroma is floral and lightly malty. Flavor is hoppy, but not overdone so much that you canít taste the maltiness. Has dry finish. Very pleasant beer. Well done.