SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Multiple draught samples. Nearly opaque gold with a lasting head. Bright floral hops, some husky malt, and a touch of piney resin. Hoppy and dry without any notable malt contribution. Bitter and tannic with an astringent finish. There is a little piney and floral hop flavor, but the biterness dominates. Thin and astringent on the tongue. Not really my thing. This needs some balance.
sherm1016 (997) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow orange with a thick white head. Very nice hop aroma and very hoppy flavor. This is an excellent American Pale Ale in my opinion. I’m just sad I have to go to Chicago to get it.
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Miller’s Pub (Chicago). Cloudy orange pour with a short white head which fades quickly, leaving a heavy lace. Fruit, pine and flower aromas start you off impressively and last well into the pull. Medium body, balanced with a short, citrus finish. Chocolate and toast malt underlies the experience and counters the hoppiness. An excellent APA!
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sheffields. Pours a cloudy golden with a white head. Nose is of pine and floral hops. Taste is of pine and floral as well. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and dry with good bitterness.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Msante79. Pales don’t get much better than this. Pours a muddy yellow orange. White head. Nose and taste of wheat, citrus, hops and dry pine finish.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange with frothy off white head, great lacing Aroma of pine hops, floral hops, grapefruit, some malt. Similar taste, nice hop finished balanced well with caramel malt, somewhat grainy too. Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Wish I could get this outside of Chicago. Will be picking up more next time I’m in town.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. Pours a very hazy deep apricot color with a large, off-white head with decent retention. Fantastic, flowery aroma with notes of nectarines, light grapefruit, hay and a mild bread dough. Mildly sweet, mild-to-moderately bitter flavor. Rather sharp, tingly carbonation dances across your tongue - which I rather like for a pale ale. Finish is lingering, mildly bitter with some black pepper spiciness. I wish more micros canned - hats off to Half Acre. Thanks again to my sister-in-law for bringing some down from Chicago.
drfabulous (3395) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy aroma. Ton of flavor, though mostly driven by the hops. Very floral. Nice stuff.
marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hop Leaf. Pours cloudy orange with a rich off-white head and a floral toffee aroma. There is a nice caramel malt backbone with pine and citrus hop bitterness. Easy to drink.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
masterful- tried many beers while in chicago, and this one was my favorite- drinkable and delicious- went great with pepperoni pizza at flo and santos. a bit cloudy though.