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. I’m a regular there - but I hadn’t 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 Ale’s - you definitely should have it on tap - they don’t 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 (2357) - Łódż, 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 doesn’t disappoint, althought it’s 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 (2071) - 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.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this pale more than several others. I felt that the hops while dominating were not overwhelming and too bitter. I would enjoy a session with this brew if I lived in the NW.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately clear light amber. Thin bubbly off white head. Light carbonation. Pale malt aroma, light sweetness and a floral/citric hop mix. Crisp and immediately well balanced. Toasty malts, citric hops. Light bodied, a little thin. Light grape fruitiness. Finishes floral and a bit more hoppy, but not American Pale Ale hoppy, just hoppy. Nicely balanced and easy drinking but merely above average.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice head and hoppy/fruity nose. I was anxious to try it before it arrived from my micro-club and I was lucky I did, because I got 4 Drawbridge Blondes instead of 2 pales/2 blondes. A nice pale, but not the standard setting example that it boasts (or that I expected)
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong sweet subtle aroma, and LOTS of head. Maybe I got a different batch than Gusler, but my head is STILL an inch high, and it’s been about 4 minutes. Not very translucent, dark amber color, creamy froth on top. Somewhat thin in the maltiness department, but has a couple of conflicting flavors that are fairly decent, but get less paletable as the beer warms up. Make sure to keep this one fairly cold. A decent pale, not my favorite.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 A long time favorite along with Pike Brewing from the Northwest is Hales Ales, and thanks to my new source, Liquid Solutions, I can now once again enjoy these fine beers.
The beer as it sets in the glass a golden amber color, crystal clear with a modest head the is frothy in texture, off white in color but dissipates a bit quick for my liking, the resultant lace a thin sheet. Nose is hop floral, malt sweet, and citrus crisp and quite pleasant to the senses. Start is malt laden, sweet and the top middling in feel with the finish delightfully carbonated, the hops personable in their spicy presence, dry and a real treat and what a wonderful session beer it would make, you lucky “Ducks”, Oh That’s Oregon Ducks! well hell then you lucky “Huskies”!