Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe my tastes are altered from living on the west coast, but I would not describe this beer as being ’assertively hopped’. Pleasant hop aroma and flavor, with just enough malt to give balance. Just didn’t have the pungent cascade hop aroma and flavor I expect from an APA. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s definitely a good beer.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like this beer. The finish is a lot like one of my favorites, WV Appalachian Ale.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer exhibits a nice, but restrained PNW hop aroma. The carbonation is very lively, perhaps, a tad bit too much. The palate is fairly balanced, but the finish is definitely hop accented. Overall, BRPA is very enjoyable and well built.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium cloudy amber color. Citrus/hops not over done, fairly well balanced. Result is somewhat unique and enjoyable.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: Beautiful amber color and a good head. Aroma was faint, but a bar isn’t exactly the best place to judge aroma. Hop bitterness balanced out with a lemon/grapefruit taste. Smooth and dry. Very enjoyable. Its a damn shame I can’t get these beers here.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Pours a cloudy copper color, nice thick head of small white bubbles, not much lacing. Sweet pine grapefruit cascade, hoppy aroma. Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel, great hoppy citrus and caramel flavors, a great session beer, very easy to down a few, another great one from this brewery.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy copper color with minimal head. Wonderfully citric and resiny hop aroma foreshadows the dry, resiny flavors to follow. Grapefruit, pine sap and mild caramel flavors are what this beer is about. Malt doesn’t balance out the hops, but that’s just fine by me. Finish is bitter and dry. Very nice pale ale, and thanks go to PsychProf for sending it my way.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flowery aftertaste that I never noticed before.
Usual low head retention but overall not bad for Cleveland.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 re-rate 30 Aug 2003: The finish on this bottle was much better than the one I previously drank. It was far more malty. The beer was better balanced and I enjoyed it more.
up front hops w/ a slightly sour finish. a nice American Pale Ale, but nothing spectacular
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The taste of this doesn’t quite live up to its wonderful citrus aroma. The flavor is more piney. Nice color, but almost no head.