DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color, frothy white head that leaves soapy lacing. Overall this seems to be a nicely-hopped pale ale but with a more generous than usual malt character. The aroma has case cade hops, but also a substantial sweetness. It’s not like they dumped some candi sugar in, it seems like it comes from some hop extract. As I drink more of this stuff, the sweetness dissapears in the flavor and more of the emphasis goes to tingly hops. Good beer!
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very crisp and piney cascades in the nose. assertive malt backbone, but then it quickly turns tangy and hoppy--makes my tongue tingle, in a good way. finishes extremely clean. i really really like this beer!
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is a metallic amber with a nice yellowish-white head that builds easily and lingers for a bit. The aroma is moderately hoppy and the flavor has a nice bit of caramel to supposed the bitterness. There’s just something about it that strikes me wrong. It’s not bad, but I’ve had APAs that I much prefer to this one. One of the few beers by Great Lakes that I don’t like for the style.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent example of the style. I continue to be impressed by Great Lakes. This pours from the bottle with a medium head on top on a dark amber body. The smells are delicious wth orange peels and some apples. The taste is orange peels, apple core and some coffee. Dry as others have noted. A solid pale ale. Thanks civforprez.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a translucent amber with a sizeable, lasting head. The aroma is of hops and bitterness. Flavor is dry and slightly bitter, with only minimal hops coming through. As it warmed, the bite softened, and the beer became more likeable.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly clear yellowish color with a white head. THere is a floral hop aroma and a somewhat hidden malt aroma. It is nicely hopped, but not too aggressively bitter. The hops are simply noticable. Largely citrus or grapefruit flavor, it sits well in the mouth.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit really stands out in this beer. It’s bitter and smooth, but thin. I like my beers to have some cloudiness-this one was crystal clear.
screigh (559) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a small white head. Minor lacing. Color is a clear copper. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Beer starts very smooth with a nice bitter hoppy finish. Nice beer!
thedm (5281) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004. This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace. The body was a softly carbonated yellow orange color and yielded a hoppy aroma. The mouth feel was hoppy. It had a good hop flavor mixed with a malty overtone. This brew went down easily and was quite quaff-able.
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If Philadelphia’s river caught fire as much as Cleveland’s Cuyahoga I’d want a local brewery commemorate the event. With the Cuyahoga River catching fire so many times after WWII I would of thought the namesake beer would be over the top in hops and/or alcohol. It wasn’t, it reminded me more of an English pale Ale than an APA.