alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Hales. Color was a slightly darker brown with an off white head. Aroma was bit of fruit, caramel and nuts. Flavor was much of the same, with a bit more nuttiness. Just not a very good beer.
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Malty nutty caramel aroma with some hoppy hints. Roasted malty nutty flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty nutty finish.
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Riverside AK for sending this one!
Small off-white head over a clear, ruby toned brown body.
Spicy malt aroma.
The flavor is light malt sweetness with a touch of cocoa.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, earth. Light body and moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet taste of caramel, nuts, bread. Dry and lightly bitter finish. A nice, light, sessionable brew, but the lightness of the body is a bit of a contrast to the relatively chewy character of many brown ales, and leaves the finish seeming a bit wanting to me.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty sweet malts, with hints of vanilla, dark cherry, and caramel. Slightly tannic. Crisp hop finish. Not as bitter as other offerings from Hale’s.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - APR 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not entirely sure what constitutes the "Irish Style" of brown ales but if this is it, I’m not impressed. Smells nutty and woodsy. Tastes incredibly water with a bitter hop finish being the only indication this is beer and not club soda. I live only a couple of miles from Hale’s Ales brewery and want to like them, but so far their beer have been nothing but disappointing. Time for a visit...
robforbes (2136) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.
pours a dark copper with a wispy light beige head.
smell of roasted malt, spice, caramel.
taste is creamy, tangy on the back of the tongue, caramelized malt, spice, some roasted nuts.
improvjock (326) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with just a trace of head. The aroma was complex, and very malty. Was surprisingly not very bitter (a good thing in my book) and very smooth. A very good, drinkable beer, better than most Hale’s Ales I’ve tried.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Aroma of nuts and roast, with something that is a little odd too. Pours brown - no shit. Somewhat sweet with roasted nuts, and something weird. Finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. I don’t get what is going on here. It is drinkable, but odd.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2008 Bottle - Smells like a fistful of dirty pennies, and doesn’t taste much better...Something is very off with this brew, some very funky malt, slight bitterness on the end, won’t try this one again...