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.
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.
Stove Top (43) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A drinkable ale. Lacks the hop nose I like and comes across a little to soft and thin. I like more body and hops in a Pale Ale. Maybe since they have gotten bigger their hopping and malt bill has gotten smaller.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 12oz bottle, orange-copper in color, off white 1 inch head, malt and spice nose, smooth malt start smooth malt finish low carbonation, easy drinker that tastes good but i have to ask, where the haleís the hops?
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Okay here is my 5 star rating, with one caveat. They made a limited release 20th Anniversary Pale that was without peer. By far the best ale Hales has ever produced. I want it all the time! It has come and gone but the memory of it lingers. I donít know if they will ever recreate it but I sure wish they would. That said the Pale Ale is a great session beer that stands on its own.
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
First off, I should say this may have been a not so common experience. I had this beer at Haleís brewpub in Seattle on October 7, 2006. Poured from the taps at the bar, this beer had a good color (~10 SRM) for an American Pale Ale. A quick smell of the aroma I got some biscuit aroma and a bit of lactose as well.
First taste and I thought, "Wow, this is bitter." Second taste, "No, this tastes metallic." And after that, I couldnít get it out of my palette. I donít know where it came from, Iím assuming it was just a keg whose lining had seen better days, but I couldnít finish the beer or drink another beer for the rest of the day.
Disappointed is all I can say.
mettkea (6) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle brought back from Seattle poured into a shaker. Very nice amber appearance for a pale ale. The aroma is very faint malt smell. The taste has a slight hop presence with a nice earthy tone.
Zoltanm (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.