raymow (850) - 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 (294) - 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 I’m guessing shouldn’t be there. Might try this again another time of the year to see if I get a different impression. Discounting those problems, I’d say this is an okay ale. It doesn’t exactly knock my socks off, because in the end I think it’s a bit mediocre and bland. But it’s 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 can’t taste the maltiness. Has dry finish. Very pleasant beer. Well done.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, shaker. Toasted light bread, slightly nutty, hints of caramel malt (L); flower and orange hops (M); light apricot and pear aromas. Hazy amber-red body with an average, foamy, off-white head that is well lasting and leaves good lacing. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly acidic, moderately bitte, dryr finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty EPA with nice hopping that could use a touch more caramel malt.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Pours a copper-red color with a thin whitish head. Aroma is of spicy hops and a mild amount of malt. Flavor is just about all hops and bitterness. Finish is bitter with a slight amount of sweetness at th end.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautifully bright copper color, medium sized foamy creamed cap of ivory hue sits briefly, moderately laced with thin patchy sheets. Keeps some thinner foam on top along with a foamy collar pretty much the entire glass. Aroma has a dry leafy/wood hoppyness, touches of peach and orange, toasty, raw breadish malt backing. Flavors are about the same, little more of a malt sided pale with a dull sweetness of toasty bread and a somber caramel blending within, midway brings in some slight fruity malts and hops, notes of dark orange, finishes nice with a complexing little display of hops, tame bitterness overall, leafy, woodish and floral hops with a super squeezed in piney bite and some tannic and metallic hints. Feel is about medium with a somewhat loosened slickness and creamyness. Finishes dry with a narrowing chalky texture. No real cohesiveness to its body, its just kinda there. Not what I prefer out of a Pale, but not bad...but there’s better.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Light copper color with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt/cake and a little hops. Flavor of mild hops and malt. Finish is dry and bitter. Pretty good.
Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
lotsa carbonation. Okay head. A bit watery and not really a whole lot of flavor to speak of. Pretty average and not much better than your mainstream domestic offerings.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a pretty damn good EPA. pours out orange colored. i had mine in the fridge, so i poured it very cold. it was very good this way too. head is small. smells hoppy and floral. taste is smooth, malty and hoppy. its a pretty good very drinkable beer. worth trying for sure.
Maddog (403) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light body but very crisp and clean, and a dry finish. Had a 2003 when it was called Fresh Hop Pale Ale, so this could have hurt the overall flavor. Too light to stand up to time. A pretty decent beer.