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 (2270) - 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 (1906) - 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 itís 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.