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.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with large white head and lacce. Hoppy aroma, mostly floral in nature. Nice malt and citrus hop flavors. Smooth finish, slightly bitter. Very nice ale.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color with head that stays until the end and doesn't vanish until the end. Lacing stays all the way around until the end. Aroma is full of piping fresh hops, very floral and simply delicious on a fall afternoon. Flavor is slightly bitter but mainly sweet. Finishes with a well balanced sweet from the malt and bite from the hops. This is a great seasonal, I don't know why more people haven't tried this.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not half bad. It is a very full flavored beer that comes across a bit stronger than expected, but it isn't a bad surprise.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells malty and sweet. Rich red coloring, with a short-lived head. Hops and malts balance eachother. However, the hops are slightly more present giving the beer more appeal to me.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looking for something cozy at the bar one cold october night, this one hit the spot perfectly. Perfectly balanced malty and bitter throughout. Spicey and nutty.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding beer. Aroma is citrus like. Hazy orange in color, creamy white head. Spicy, nutty flavor very "amberale" like. It finishes with a very nice amount of bitterness.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on Cask at the Brewpub.
Cloudy light brown with lasting off white head. Citrus nose. Fruity malt fore and mid with bitter end. Wish I hadn’t had a cold.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Amber-red (copper) color with little to no head. Aroma is of caramel malts and cascade hops. Medium body. Bitter finish and aftertaste. A relatively unremarkable beer. Would enjoy more malt flavoor or dry hop.