Dacrza (665) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Date: July 2, 2015... Glassware: Barley Creek pint... Occasion: week one of camp year five, in the books... Appearance: clear, golden amber body with steady, singular streams of bubbles... thick, two-finger off-white head rises over the glass’s lip before settles a coliseum-evoking lacing; more sporadic lacing as the glass drains... Aroma: beautiful resin and pine cone, with orange peel and caramel slicing through the expected pale ale complexion; surprisingly, toasted cereal malts make for a rounded, balanced promise... Palate: frothy, creamy, slightly brackish--and smooth to the finish; drinkable, dry at the finish but crunchy at the sip; worth savoring...Taste: grapefruit, orange peel and pine resin early and easily; caramel malts and some spices--clove, vanilla?--develop a desirable complexity; not as much floral flavors, suggesting the hops were not added at later stages to produce an overwhelming effect on the aroma; a joy to sip and savor, with enough alcohol to develop the evening...Overall: in my second straight experience, Great Lakes takes a famous Ohio entity and crafts a beer that is a champion in its field; easily a top-five among standard six-pack pale ales I have had in my two decades as a beer drinker; enough nuance and texture with drinkability to satisfy even the most fickle or fearful ale drinkers... I love the body, its cohesion with its flavor, and the enjoyable return on its strength---a different take on the Sierra Nevada model but as big and tasty for an American pale...
joejames (374) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to shaker glass, pours slightly hazy deep gold. Two finger off white head, some lacing, slight retention. Aroma pine and caramel. Taste is nicely balanced moderate malty sweet, moderately bitter. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet. Tasting notes of grass, caramel, nectarine, pine and toast. A very good APA.
Meilby (9838) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI
Pours clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and floral.Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, fruity and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (15611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. A clear dark golden beer with a small off-white head. It’s got a light bread touch in the aroma, with fruityness and some pine cones, a tad boring actually. It’s full bodied, smooth and semi-dry, with a nice carbonation level. Caramel, a nice bitterness, some pine cones and a generic fruityness in the flavor. Some metallic notes on the very end. Decent indeed, but I find it a bit malty. 150615
OnTheTrail (140) - Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite American Pale Ales. I have very much enjoyed both Great Lakes beers I have tried.
eaglebones (75) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper in color with medium white, foamy head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is fruity with some citrus, rounded out with some malty sweetness. Just enough bitterness for a crisp finish. This is a really enjoyable pale ale.
Niko100 (2329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, some grain/hay, & caramel; Flavor of caramel malt, floral/pine hops, and citrus; Finish is dry and fairly bitter; Somewhat oily palate; Pretty decent.
N3lson1 (586) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank on tap into a pint glass at the Tipsy Turtle. Pours golden with slight white head and decent carbonation. Tastes of hops but not overpowering with a nice crisp, piney flavor.
OsuStu (141) - - APR 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Amber, orange and a bubbly white head. Smells of caramel and flowers. Brown sugar, smoke, toffee, grass. Medium body, filmy finish. Kind of boring.
katrinaez (694) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good oak taste with small smoked hops. Ipa is good and nice mouth feel. A little in flavor at the end. Bottle