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 (3050) - 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. There’s 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 it’s 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 isn’t a bad little beer.
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the brewery
Orange and yellow in color. Mildly hoppy, bitter, tinny. Some wet dog and spoiled vegetable flavors, though... Difficult to drink, but at least has a good grassy hop nose, smelling oily like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Golden, minor haze, mediocre frothy white head, decent lacing, moderate carbonation. Minor hop, citrus, subtle graininess on the nose. Fairly hop assertive start, mellows quickly. Grainy aspect is barely noticeable on the tongue. Very slight diacytl emerges at the finish, but not enough to detract. Average body and mouthfeel. Soft citrus like bitterness lingers. Pretty good stuff this is! Easily sessionable at 3.8%.
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with off white head. Fresh hop nose. Soft hop profile,slightly citric, light but lingering hop end. Good lace
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw colour. Light citric ale with breezy pale malt notes. Fresh pale malt character - soft with mild citrus notes. Moderate bitterness. Great balance, very fresh-tasting, wonderfully refreshing. Not billed as such, but an excellent English-style golden ale.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden and clear with minimal head. Aroma was lightly malty with some citrus and a little herbs. Has some caramel sweetness but perfectly balanced with the hops. Refreshing, clean and crisp, and well built ale.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very light pale with next to no body, little finish and only faint hints of hops and honey. The summer beer crowd may love this, but I felt it was simply too little of everything. Even with a dulled-down flavor I can’t find the necessary components that would make this very appealing, the hops are typical cascade and although the malt may be unique, it was almost imperceptible. Perhaps I had a bunk batch.
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) Crystal clear apple juice body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, light herby. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, lemon. Light and crisp body. This would make a great session beer!