jgb9348 (3964) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice crisp amber coloured body with a copper glow and a two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bright citrus hops with pine, alcohol, resin and a bunch more fresh hops - very nice. Medium-bodied; Assertive fresh hop flavour with piney and citrus flavour, some earthy toffee and a great malt backbone. Aftertaste shows a great hop bitterness with a sweet finish from the caramel, a little earthiness, but a perfectly balanced malt backbone. Overall, a great beer and one that should be sampled by everyone - if you can get it, that is. I sampled this 12 ounce stubby bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 10-February-2013 for US$1.33 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 07-March-2013.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask served in an imperial pint at Caponeís in Coeur DíAlene. Pours a mostly clear gold-amber with a finger of soft off-white head. Aroma of sweet and bready malts, toffee, sugar, citrusy hops, and a bit of buttered popcorn. The flavor works better, with some good fresh citrusy hops, caramel malts, resin, tea, and nectar. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Nice hoppy amber.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a sepia tint. Hearty head and generous lacing down the glass. The nose is a mix of caramel and hazelnut. Medium to full bodied, this enters with some sweetish malts, but yields quickly to a heavy dose of hop bitterness. Clean, crisp mouthfeel.
Dogbrick (6022) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub. Slightly murky copper-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, sweet caramel and fruit. Light to medium body with flavors of caramel malt, hops and citrus. The finish is short with an earthy malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint @ norms. The high rating fooled me. This this just another thin hales ale. Pretty sire this is the same as their ipa. Amehzing.
michaelinwa (454) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is an IPA, I donít care WHAT the brew calls it. Itís pretty bitter like most IPA brewed in America now, but there is absolutely nothing special going on with this beer. I guess itís ok, but Iím just so bored with this over reliance on bitterness. Wake up America...there are better styles out there.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Cloudy very dark amber with a thin head. Very nice sweet orange and grapefruit aroma. That is one hoppy amber ale. I think it may be a PNW conspiracy to label some IPAs as Ambers to make me admit to liking Ambers. Nice bocy, nice balance, great hoppy zing!
curly (2394) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber orange, thin beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine. Taste is bitter, great hop profile here, well balanced with floral and citrus and then bitterness. Nice malty body as well. Solid beer, long bitter finish.
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Red brown with beige clings. Slightly funky, malty, some citrus. Citrus ending, some caramel, fairly mild.
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ E9. Cloudy amber pour which resolves to hazy and then clear in short order. Off white, persistant head which leaves minimal lace. Hoppy aroma with a slightly cardboard or wet hay overlay. Medium body, nicely balanced, but not my favorite Hales.