SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Nice pale ale - clear amber with a small white head that left good lacing. Aroma is piney hops predominantly. Flavor has a malty presence, quickly overwhelmed by pine and grapefruit hops with a hint of honey. Medium body and smooth carbonation.
jonas (6698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hop nose.
Hazy red amber, low head.
Honey sweet berries with plenty of
perfumed hops on top.
Medium body, round mouthfeel and a
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Cleveland Rocks! Finally something from this city that's worth something. Copper color with puffy off white head. Obvious pine, citrus and malt right up front and in your face. Long, bitter finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice clean and clear soft copper color with a gargantuan soft yet crusty whitish top that sits a good while before fading down to a haze and coated the glass decorously with thin whispy curtains.
Aroma is soft as well, everything is soft in this beer, but in a good way, a very good way! Pleasant toasty malts that are breadish in tone and the hops are slightly floral and dry with some favorable dulled citrus and wood. Very nice nose...I believe this has some Hood hops abounding.
Taste is soft and well rounded, yet solid in body and feel to keep that charge of character going strong. And this is characterized in a gratifying presence of both a super nice toasty warm malt profile and pleasantly soft and milding hop balance that brings in refined and subtle layers of wood and dulled floral citrus; quite yummy...scratch that, very yummy! Feel is dead on for a pale, clean, soft, full, well rounded, yielding toasty malt warmth, smooth bite of bitterness and quaffable to the fullest. One hell of a pale!
mike3 (6) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This may be my favorite cleveland beer. It is an excellent looking and tasting brew. It is pretty hoppy, but not overwhelming to a person who is not used to over-powering beers.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2004 Got one of these for free when a local restaurant botched up my dinner order...to me, definitely worth waiting an extra 10 minutes for my meal! Nice balance of a light sweet taste with a little bitter hoppy bite at the end. Good light color with whitish head. I still like Sierra Nevada better, but overall, its definitely worth a try or 5.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a small, creamy, off-white head that lasted awhile; good lacing; sparkling clarity with a beautiful burnished gold color. Biscuity malt aroma with a citrusy- grapefruit hop character in the nose. Flavor exhibited a moderately sweet start; middlewas toasty-biscuity with a subtle yeastiness that followed through to the finish; grapefruit hop flavor with a drying bitterness throughout. Creamy medium body with right amount of carbonation; lightly astringent finish. Very nice , satisfying example of the style. Good balance between sweet/bitter, malt and hop characters. I liked the citrusy hop flavor that was very much present start to finish but without being over the top. Thanks Drew!
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack.
Amber in color- kinda cloudy, small, frothy head.
Nice smell: slightly bitter grapefruit- pretty hoppy.
As my tastebuds continue to evolve, and my liking of hoppy beers grows, I must say I enjoy this beer much more. Very hoppy, lots of hops all over- in the taste, in the aftertaste... everywhere. Reminds me a bit of some of the ESBs I've had.
Not the greatest beer from Great Lakes, but definitely a good one. Much better this time around than last.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy, off-white head. Good lacing and nice retention. Aroma is slightly malty with a strong grain/hay smell. Hope nose is pine and grass. Body is clear copper. Flavor is slightly malty and very similar to aroma. Very haylike in flavor. Not balanced very well--salty aftertaste and overly strong hay detracts from flavor--like drinking straw. Dry finish, slightly chalky.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This clear golden ale wears a medium sized off-whtie head, fully diminishing unfortunately. Aroma is not so pronounced, I expected a big cascade predominance. We rather face a complex hop blend that I'd describe as earthy, oily, spicy and bold. As it enters the mouth, it's a delight of ever evolving character. A good chunk of malt is always there literally dancing with the complex hops blend as described above in a perfect balance and harmony. The medium body never fails to support those intense sweet toasty cerealic citrus flavors. Medium carbonation. Overall, there's just something about this american pale ale that makes me feel like it's the best I've ever taken, I know you've had that feeling about some beers too:) Big props to ciderguy for this unique opportunity!