OldMrCrow (2051) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Hudson in Seattle, Amarillo single-hop version
What would it take to bugger up Amarillo hops? Hales, apparently. Sticky, heavy, malty, even pushing burnt. Didn’t bother to finish this one.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from theisti. Dark orange, pretty classic DIPA in the glass. Smell is as expected - heavy on the grapefruit and resin. Taste is more of the pniey resiny hops with a nice herbaceous component (mint and thyme). Finish is mouth-battering resin and a little too much sweet malt for me. Solid DIPA and a little different, one of those that should be shared. Thanks, Tim.
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color. Nice head. Aroma has notes of caramel malt bread. Smells like foliage fresh bushes w dew on them. Fresh bushes and vegetables w caramel malt and soome floral hops a little citrus pine and pepper. The finish is the best part of the beer. Nice and hoppy. Body is medium to full. Lots of fresh leafy, bushy hops. One of Hales better offerings for sure.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Pours out orange with a one finger white head and solid lacing. Smell is citrus, mostly grapefruit with a solid caramel malt backing. Flavor much the same, slightly buttery aftertaste, but not unpleasant. The best Hales beer I’ve had so far.
drfabulous (4416) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird malty smell quickly erased by sweet malty taste. Very sweet and sticky. Some citrus. Lingering stickiness.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
slightly resinous bitter linger in the mouth. Aroma is highly citrusy hops. Slightly cloudylight orange color.
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seriously, who designs these bottles? Pours a murky bronze with a mid-sized head. Nose has a big burst of hops - grapefruit, lemon and resiny pine, balanced with some sweet honey malts. This is nice - big, big mouthfeel... bigger than anything I’ve ever had from Hale’s -maybe even a bit too sticky. Velvety smooth, though, with a bitingly acerbic finish. Really nice effort - this is good stuff from a brewery just down the street. Keep it up, Mike & co.!
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours hazy orange amber with a nice off-white head. Huge aroma of floral and citrus hops, tropical fruit, cotton candy. Tastes pretty much the same. Full-bodied and smooth with a nice hoppy finish.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, some caramel, earth, a touch of citrus, and a touch of pine.
taste is thick, grapefruit hops, citrus, a touch of sweet malt, some caramel, and some pine, ends bitter, and dry.
Coryphaeus (2) - USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried it at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, Oregon as part of its "Washington Cup 2009" blind taste test. After tasting 10 different beers, it was the one that I voted as best of the bunch and the one that upon first tasting made for a "happy mouth". It was on draught and I didn’t notice the haziness reported by others. It had a very hoppy, flowery aroma, a high in hops taste, but a sweetness to accompany the bitterness of the hops, and had a flowery finish and aftertaste.