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Possessing a delicate balance of malt and hop flavors and embellished by the distinctive fruitiness of our special ale yeast, Hale’s Pale Ale is flavorful and easy to drink.

Editor’s note: also known as Original Pale American Ale, first brewed on July 4, 1983

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2002
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2193) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2002
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”!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2002
Good beer with a good taste.

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