SpringsLicker (3220) - 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 (2160) - 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 (2083) - 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 (325) - 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 (5730) - 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...
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle, courtesy riversideAK. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Small, tan head, and decent dripping lacing. Chocolate malt aroma, caramel, and some slight citrus, albeit subdued. Kinda boring. Chewy malt flavor, some hazelnut. Coffee is a bit subtle, but it’s there. Roasted qualities overall. Medium-bodied. Feels kinda funny on the tongue. Wouldn’t really want it again.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the brewery. Judged as a dark Irish Red rather than an American or British Brown Ale. Aroma is toasted malt forward, caramel notes and very light hop flora. Appearance is a brownish red, dark, with a low off white/light tan head. Flavor is toasty, and has an almost tannic quality like a wine. It is lightly sour, with light hop flavor and bittering. Mouthfeel is med-light body, with low carb texture and some warmth. Overall it was pretty good, a little sour for my tastes, but very well made, and actually fairly easy to drink depite the sourness.