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.
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.
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.
Jaysbeers (38) - - 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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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 hale’s the hops?
aleichter (23) - - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange color nice hoppy aroma. Solid flavor good but not the best after taste
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 don’t 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.