Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I was a younger man, I worked as a new construction plumber in Seattle. If anyone has worked construction during a Seattle winter, you know what it is like. Constantly being wet and muddy, working in the rain and standing/laying in flooded basements to do your work. But every Friday we would go to a restaurant (I forget the name), it was one of those yuppie places that has a lot of beers and if you drink all of them you get on a plaque and get a shirt etc. Which I donít put down, but I know how others feel about these places. Anyway, ten or fifteen of us would go in, and everyone would buy a round, so you can picture the scene after a while (my wife hated this). They had Haleís Ales there, and I always looked forward to this one, fresh on tap. What a way to end the week. BTW - I would have gotten the shirt and been on the plaque if we didnít all get laid off...
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lt brown color, medium head. Lightly hopped, medium malts. Nice smooth malt flavor, some hoppyness, and some malt sweetness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty, no bitterness.
Zoltanm (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aftertaste is not the best but very fruity flavor. Could use some more hops but another quality Hales Ale
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Most brewpubs Ive been to have their signature beer be something shitty like a íredí ale or a pilsener. It is good to see something worth a damn be a pubs most popular. Everyone around me was drinking it. Light golden color, sweet maltiness balanced the flat, bitter finish.....yum
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Hales pub with lunch. Iím a regular there - but I hadnít gotten around to this one until today. Medium bodied, fairly pale, and lightly hopped. Nice subtle complex malt flavors. Has that trademark Hales slight-tang to it. A bit lighter than there other brews - very mellow, very easy drinking.
As with all Hales Aleís - you definitely should have it on tap - they donít hold up well in the bottle.
Very good beer.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Attractive orange-apricot hue, slightly hazy clarity, lacy but very thin head. Aroma is also quite light and floral (wish it were a little more prominent). Hops come through immediately, while malt is less a taste presence than a body-enhancer. Finish is clean and medium-dry with slight citrusy quality that is most interesting, felt all the way to the back of the palate. This is a very refreshing brew...I wish it had a tad more malt flavor to accompany its nice mouthfeel, but it is still a very interesting offering. Re-Rate 6/29/02 This time head a bit rockier and longer-lasting, and the aroma a bit more prominent...other impressions hold as before...
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a standard. at best, NW pale ale, dark golden, maybe amber hue, malty character with a hoppy presence, good on hot day when very well chilled, not the best but have head worse!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have been waiting for this since day one on Ratebeer. It doesnít disappoint, althought itís a great example of how American Pales differ from English-style Pales. Hoppy nose, but not overly so. Strangely leaves the malt a bit, and acheives incredidible body without that malt balance. Very well done.
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A medium copper color; Head was thin and then non-existent; Nose was mildly malty and a tiny bit floral. Dry on the palate, but not assertive. Very light citrus notes.