wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A compact and frothy white head rests upon a deep amber hued beer with a slight haze. Aroma is full of vivid hop presence ranging from rich grass notes to surprisingly soft-edged grapefruit and pine tones. Straightforward, but clean, malt aroma of caramel and toasted bread is layered underneath the hops. Very close to Dale’s Pale Ale by the nose—I think I used those exact descriptors, even. Much the same again, the strong hop presence comes off very smooth and clean in the flavor…like a milkshake. A hopshake. Malt presence is perhaps slightly lacking to complete the experience perfectly—there is no caramel apparent in the flavor and only the thinnest hint of that toasted bread. Begins with moderate sweetness, light acidity and moderate bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness moderate acidity and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a watery texture and average carbonation. 22 oz bottle, snifter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange copper with a thick and well-lacing, sticky off-white head. Has an earthy, toasty dry caramel aroma with some fresh piney hops. Body starts with a touch of sweet caramelized sugar balanced with some resiny pine and spruce. Finishes crisp, lightly toasted and bittersweet. A very drinkable beer, but I think a different hop might make it more balanced.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very pretty dark iced tea body with a loose lasting foamy head. Nose-big PNW hop nose. Taste-bitter upfront and the bitter gives away to a nice hoppy sweetness. The malts could be a little more agressive, IMO. If the malts were increased it would help bring down the bitter and add some sweetness to a very dry beer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium gold-orange with good white head that fades quickly. Lots of grapefruit hops in aroma. Caramel malt hits you pretty good at first, but has a great balance with the bittering hops. A very nice Pale Ale indeed.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, clearn orangy ambery pour. Huge hop aroma of grapefruit, but not incredibly rindy. Nice backing of caramel malts, and balanced big hopy flavors of pine and grapefruit. Well done american pale ale.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma thats citrusy and floral. Hoppy flavor mixed with nice caramel malt. Mildly itter finish. Very nice balance with plenty of flavor and aroma. I am glad this comes in 22oz bottles.
argo0 (12042) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, light metallic, orange. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, light herbal, orange. Nice bite. Smooth, watery light-medium body, some chewiness.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Bottle
Pours a full amber with a nice, lingering head. Flavor is a rush of grapefruit, with a bit of pine in the finish. Notes of orange and a bit of peach are in there as well. Palate is bit watery. Overall, a great brew. This one was still in the tanks when I went to the Great Divide gathering during GABF, which makes it exciting to drink.
Tap at Flying Saucer, 11/9/07. Same as above but much more bitter and tangy, as well as thicker on the tongue. A more complete and enjoyable version than the last bottle I had. GREAT brew.
Tejas (920) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Wasn’t sure if this was anything special on the initial taste but I really warmed up to it. Dark gold color. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Don’t know if I taste fresh hops but I will say the hop flavor definitely lingers in the mouth longer, which is always a great thing. Interesting and a great brew. Hands down the best Pale Ale I’ve ever tasted.
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper pour with a pretty decent size, and lasting eggshell head. As advertised, the aroma is indeed that of fresh hops, mostly citrus, some pine. Surprisingly hoppy for a beer with 6%abv... kinda like an double ipa "light". Could use a bit more malt to shore it up. Pretty good, regardless.