Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a creamy white head atop a clear golden body with few bubbles. Aroma is fresh, leafy citrus hops. Toasted, buttery taste with hints of toffee, not to be outdone by a solid piney, resinous hop presence. Clean, bitter and lasting finish. Great stuff.
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.
The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.
The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.
Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I’ve had - as is, it’s still up there.
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours maple brown with a tan foamy head. Floral hop fragrant malt aroma. Sour and bitter rind hop and acidic caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied and thin, fizzy palate.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.
The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.
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turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a nice copper amber with a decent head.
Big citrus and hops aroma and easy drinking grapefruit and hops flavor.
Decent medium powered IPA
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Could smell the citrus aroams on the pour. Copper color body with off white head and web like lacing left on glass. A light syrup like texture puctuates the citrus grapefruit and orange flavors. Syrupy fruity aftertaste, good stuff here.
drfabulous (4059) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. My kind of beer. Solid hops. Good taste. Hard for me to go back to basic Pale Ales these days...I need the bite a beer like Maverick offers. Most folks don’t understand this style.
ElGaucho (2225) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I just consumed a Bert Grant’s Hopzilla, so I am comparing this to that as well as the fact that my palate is a bit shot. Has a hop aroma like the Hopzilla. Hazy amber with little visible carbonation. Some off-white head, mostly diminishing. Head starts out relatively large but diminishes quickly. Better lace than the Hopzilla, but still not fabulous in that department. Not really as good as the Hopzilla. Sour. I probably shouldn’t have followed an IPA with a Pale Ale or, this may just not be as good. Better as I got into it, but I’m not surprised that it’s not so highly rated.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color, good light but crisp hop aroma. Slightly fruity taste at first, lighter mouthfeel. Good hop flavor but not the strong bitter flavor of american IPA’s. The beer doesn’t have a lot of malt flavor but, it’s still well balanced because of the lack of strong bitterness
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
complex hoppy aroma with subtle berry notes, cloudy orange with lively carbonation and a tightly packed head, light body initially slick with subtle green apple notes then building resiny bitterness and overall very grassy throughout