Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/9/07 Aroma is hop forward with c-hops and a good sweet malt balance. Appearance is a slightly hazy light copper with almost no head. Flavor is quite sweet, with a honey-like malt blend balanced by a slightly earthy bittering for a great contrast. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a moderate carb bite and semi-sweet finish. Overall, nice balance and contrasts, easy drinking.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a thin retaining white head that laces and hazy/cloudy yellow color. Aroma is mild citrus hops, some malt. Taste is mild citrus hops, some malt-caramel. Soft carbonation. Easy drinking.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
My brother picked up a 22oz bottle of this from the brewpub in Washington when he was on a convention near there, so Iím hoping mine will be a bit more fresh than the sour samples from a couple of previous raters. Cloudy golden color with a big white head..rather surprising amount of carbonation. Very mild hop and citrus aroma. Left a white coating rather than a lacing on the glass. The flavor is hop bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste as well, very little malt presence. Not at all cloying or heavy, but not watery either, actually a fairly pleasant mouthfeel. This seems more a medium body light lager in flavor, but the cloudyness and textures are not consistant with that style. However, it seems nothing like other Pale Ales Iím more familiar with..for instance Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale. All in all, this isnít bad, but I just donít feel its true to style, and itís not world shaking enough to make up for its shortcomings.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Sample - Brewery]
A light golden color with a nice head. I liked the overall flavor and the aroma was very thin. This seemed more like a light lager than a pale ale This was a very complex flavor and missed the boat as a Pale ale. Needs more work. But not bad to drink.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22 oz. bomber.
Hazy yellowish hue, bone-white, rocky head.
Aroma: soft hops, lean citrus, lemon and orange, quiet and pleasant.
Taste/mouthfeel: big, bitterness up at the top, pucker and wince, then it winds down. Too, too sour, as well. Not a pleasant experience, actually. Malt is light, body is not firm enough to provide adequate resistence to this intense unrelenting citric bitter bite. Gets mild after that first swallow, but it continues beating the tongue, and itís a bit tough to take.
Halfway in, and itís toned down a touch, but it still makes for a miss off the mark of a pale ale.
"A finely balance session brew. rich golden color, firm body, hopped with Cascade." Well, something went wrong here. Balance isnít fine, canít imagine a session with this sourness, and ...wooo! Just took another sip...still alarmingly sour! Something is amiss, somewhere...sorry, I tried my best to like it!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This definitely had a musty sour nose, with some vegetal flavors that I can only compare to squash rinds. Bread crust maltiness, some herbal grassiness. Light, but balanced, very fruity, but not for my palate.
IndianaRed (2323) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a nice fine white head and soapy lacing. Pale malt aroma with some sweet honey notes. Full bodied for the style and a rich feel with mild malts and easy on the hops, but balanced. Lively carbot\nation and a bit more late bitttering than I expects. Nice though for a style that I usualy dont expect much from.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a golden color, white soapy head.Aroma is lemon, coriander, grapefruit, musty cobwebs. Flavor is oranges, apricto, sharp, feint hay/farm smell to it as well.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2005. Thin head, cloudy pale yellow. Grainy, rich aroma that I can only really describe as smelling like early autumn harvest. Taste was funky, barnyard in a not so good way. I like the direction this beer is going, I hope it is a work in progress because it could be special.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.75 at the brewery) Smells citrusy and fairly sour, but not all that hoppy, and I get hardly any malt in the nose. Not to my liking so far. But things pick up a little with the flavor. Modest breadiness and pale malt is balanced by a grassy, spicy, mildly bitter hops. Thereís a moderate sourness to the flavor as well. Really, aside from the sourness, the combination of flavors is reminiscent of the blonde ale, except that the hops shows more presence than the bready malts in this beer, and itís less grainy than the blonde. Medium in body, somewhat clean and crisp from start to finish. Bright golden amber color, fully hazy, and topped by a small but very long-lasting, off-white head that holds a quarter-inch layer for the duration of the session. A thick, dense coating of foam covers much of the glass. So I guess aside from the sourness of the nose, this isnít a bad little beer.