hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Bottle...A&K’s4thAHBT... Clear, amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Floral, citrusy nose with notes of caramel and grapefruit. Moderately bitter flavor is balanced by a sturdy, malt backbone. Grapefruit rind and toffee. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes bitter and then dry.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Destructive hop aroma. Pillowy white head on a rich orange yellow body. Taste is hoppy to the max, with some toasted grain sweetness in the background. I dont know how fresh hops make this beer any different, but its good.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great pale ale! Caramel gold in color with a big, thick, rocky head. Tangerine-like amarillo hop aroma. Light and refreshing flavor, somewhat creamy. Nicely hopped with citric tangerines throughout. Pleasant bitterness at the finish. A winner. Thanks for hooking me André!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling amberish copper, thick creamy white head with great lacing left behind. Inviting hopped up nose of fresh flowery and grassy tones, light citrus, with soft underlying notes of toasted caramel. Flavor was one in the same, holds the moderate bitterness throughout, and is followed late with a touch of the caramel malt. Light to medium bodied, prickly carbonation, dry bittering finish. Nice brew that would work well during my football Sunday binges. Thanks Brian D. Welcome to MD!
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well made if not awe inspiring. Plenty of hops, but not over blown (or as I’ve said before, my calibration is set at high). So, this is very drinkable and pleasant.
SpringsLicker (3133) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Start out with a huge, three dimensional frothy head of off white that rides on a dark orange body.
Good, but not overpowering hop aroma.
Good balance in the flavor with a nicely dry finish. Very decent APA.
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 (7132) - 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.