motelpogo (6692) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at hales. a pretty bland apa, sweet pine aroma, soft and not particularly bitter
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12 oz bottle) Well, this is a pretty disappointing beer across the board. This has one of those floral, but sugary sweet aromas, with maybe a bit of honey in there, that screams cheapness to me. Tasting the beer, the flavor does nothing to elevate my opinion any. It’s lightly malty, but again, sugary and mildly sweet, with a floral, mildly bitter hops for balance, but the overall flavor is just not very good. Light to medium bodied, a bit watery. Light amber in color, and completely clear. The off-white head is quite small, quickly retreating to a thin, incomplete sheen and some collection around the rim. Yup, I really don’t like that cheap, sugary characteristic of this beer. It reminds me too much of the "craft brewing" efforts of the conglomerates.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours between a golden and amber color, fruity hop aroma with a little sweet maltyness. Strange combo of spice and sweet malt and bitter hop finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly malty/buttery sweetness in the aroma alongside the fruity citrus hops. Out of the bottle this brew pours a darker transparent copper with a tiny milk-white head. Taste has a very quick light malt rush then finishes with a thin watery bitterness like drowned out hops. Faint grapefruit taste in the bitterness, but just dissapointing due to the thin/watery body of this brew, kick up the malt a bit.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first approach, I was far from impressed with this one. Color:an ordinary, clear pale amber. Head: short, swift, average white hue. Nose: coppery, some citrus, but nothing remarkable.
When the liquid met my lips, though, something else occured. Hops are big and warmly greeted my mouth and tongue. Fruitiness, not terribly present in aroma, bursts forth on the palate. Flavor is tangy, rich, and rewarding. Medium body, fine balance, but through it all, that great flavor continues it’s ride along the long and tasty finish. Ah! I need another!
IndianaRed (2416) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a medium copper color with a very little white head even after an agressive pour. Aroma is malty and of citrus, grapefruit maybe. Not much hops evident here. Flavor is not particularly complex, hops is pretty full up front, malts and then a wood or damp earth later on. Feel is a bit thin, and the trailer is a mellow hops reminder. This was served quite cold and it is a quite refreshing brew that is easy to drink.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazed amber body topped by a frothy off-wihte head. The aroma is hoppy and friuty. Very well balanced hops and malts in the falvor. Very quenching and quite good. Medium body with a fruity (peach) aftertaste.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice, hoppy, easy drinking APA. Good flavor, not overly citrusy or yeasty or malty but it sure glides down the hatch well. Nice effort for my first Hale’s product
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a smaller cream colored head. Light grapefruit and pine aromas mixed with light caramel. Flavors quite clean and blend well with the aromas. It would be nice if the hotel I’m at had the taps right. Ordered the Blonde first and was quite sure it was the Pale. Then asked for the Pale and then got the blonde. Would have gone into the bar and told then, but Washington State Law would not allow me in with the kids.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap@Hales. Pretty thin for an APA, but not all that bad. Some cascadey type hops, lemony, lightly piney. No big faults, just a bit too light.