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”!
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer with a good taste.
BillKismet (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer had the nice, pungent hop aroma characteristic of many of Hales other offerings, but its body lacked the crispness. This beer, maybe my least favorite Hales ale, would be a decent selection coming from most other breweries.
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much better on draft than in the bottle. Great Color.
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Light golden body, medium caramel/fruit malt and a strong hop presence. Bitterness quickly disappears. EXCELLENT balance. Could be a perfect beer if the malt was a little more flavorful.
ntempleton (3) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2001 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Could use a bit more mouthfeel, and hop flavor, but over all a wonderful beer.