DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber body. Grass juice / peppermint aroma. Mandarin orange / bread flavor with a grassy finish. A decent beer.
bb (6480) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper colored beer with a nice off-white head. Nice grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit flavor with some malt backing and a bit of spice. Slightly lighter bodied.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initial blast of hops when I popped the top off, somewhat muted in the glass. Some spicy hops in the aroma. If I had to hazard a guess, I think Simcoe hops are playing a role in this beer. Cloudy reddish amber in color with minimal head. Strawberry and lemons dominate the flavor. Somewhatflat and uninteresting thereafter. Lingering hop burn. Thanks André.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this one was a fuscia shock of copper with small to no head, damn didnt i just say that??? scratch, scratch, scratch....litle biscuit nose wich pours into the palate with a bark of malty cereal flavors, this was my buddys favorite beer they had. i could take it or leave it, easy to drink, not very interesting.
IndianaRed (2051) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottlePours a dark sopper.amber with a modest off-white head and a little lacing. Aroma is malt but also healthy hops. Flavor is quite strong hops, almost like an IPA. Balance with dark fairly sweet hopsworks well. Feel is moderate and aftertaste is slight bittersweet hops.
Quite different than the other few fall seasonals I've had this year.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice piney, slightly orangy, heavy malt aroma; decent caramel malt background and flowery bittererness throughout; slightly detracting metallic tinge. not bad
5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a clear reddish copper, small off-white milk froth like head, attractive lacing, with soft carbonation. Dominant hops, slight citrus, with subtle malt notes on the nose. Forwardly hoppy, its everywhere but on the tongue. Followed by a very slight maltiness. Its only as the beer finishes do you get the hop bitterness on the tongue.   Also a very light fruit flavor, apple or pear. Decent body, slightly less than medium mouthfeel. Lingering hop flavor, with a bit of charred wood or ashtray. Not as sweet, malty, or smooth as I prefer.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Humpy's. Light amber color with a thin head. Strong citrus hop nose. Hop flavors of orange peel but also mandarin orange and a berry sweetness to it. Maybe a little thin, but tastey.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has got the signature Hales big hoppy aroma thing going on smothered with fresh grain - just how a harvest ale should be. The hops are very fresh and definitely flavorful, not simply bitter. Another very solid brew from hales.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do not know how I forgot to rate this one, I was sure that I had. This stuff is awesome! I would like to have a couple of cases, one to drink and one to lay down. A very nice brown pour with a nice white head, and great lacing. The aroma is hoppy to say the least, a strong ale in the flavor, and a beautifully balanced malt character bring up the back to balance it all out. Finish is slightly acidic and citrusy but in a good way. This is a great take on an APA, a truly wonderful fall seasonal.