Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery 8-4-10. Pours a hazy deep gold color with a big hop nose, typical pacific NW hops - citrusy, grapefruit. Clean malt profile with a big bitter backbone and big hop aroma. Lighter body makes the hops really stick out, maybe a little too much. Balanced definitely toward the bitter side. Dry finish without much sweetness.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly fruity and hoppy smell. Nice pale copper color. The flavor however, was not hoppy enough for me for a pale ale. However the beer was solid and well made. It was balanced and "hit the spot." Another quality beer by Hales.
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.
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!
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cascade hops in aroma, Flavor has good bitterness with a touc creaminess. Another good "easy to find" beer in the northwest.
Jaysbeers (85) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. A gorgeous cloudy amber color. A sharp, fruity aroma. Medium carbonation. Taste is briefly fruity/sweet, but quickly followed by a tray bitterness that lingers on the tongue a bit. Good!
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Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle->Pint glass. Pours a hazy sun-burnt orange, like a Texas fan too long in the sun. Not much head to speak, perhaps a 1/4 inch deep max. Faint aroma that desensitizes the nose quickly. Sweeter, malty smell, with a touch of butterscotch and salt. Perhaps some citrus, too. Flavor is slightly bitter, but not an overpowering hops presence, to be sure. Again, a salty or soy sauce quality, although not at all pronounced. Bitter through the finish. Overall, I could purchase again, and would pair it with a pork tenderloin from the grill, served with a mango salsa, to balance the bitter.
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.
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.
calivania (62) - USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice APA that will fit the job perfectly on those days you are looking for the style-- which I think has the teeth to stand up to heat with out being overwhelmingly bitter. I cannot deny what the others say about the rather thin mouth feel but the show here is the strength of the yeast and the way it plays with the malt in your mouth. The hops show up at the end just to break up the fight. Good show.