blinesam (235) - USA - OCT 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this both casked and on tap at the Boston brewery. Really a mild tasting pale ale considering the attention to the hops. The casked version was hoppier. Suprisingly that this beer tops out at 6.7% abv but compared to similarly hopped beers at the same abv (hopdevil) alcohol not present at all.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (October 2007), drunk a little above fridge temperature from an Allagash glass. Translucent pale copper-amber with a respectable, lasting near-white creamy head that laces finely as it dissipates....quite pleasant autumnal aroma of hardwood smoke, resinous wet hops, perhaps a hint of cedar; very fresh, but not terribly potent....smooth, moderately sweet on the tongue at first, but dries out and thins a fair bit at midpalate, strong carbonation helping to lend a watery character to the proceedings.....at the finish, some tangy woody-herbal hoppy notes lend it a bit of grace, and the end result is all right, quite drinkable if slightly on the dull side.
DocLock (8163) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Clear medium copper with minimal off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is hops, some caamelly malt, some vegetals, and some odd plasticy polyurethaney wafts. Tastes hoppy, with a decent amount of malt, but there are some off flavor hints, with more of that plasticy thing that doesn’t sit well with me. A disappointment.
TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Lightly hazed pink orange with a puffy white head. Nose is catty lemon-orange. A swirl releases some honey. Chewy body with a squirt of juicy carb. Mild apple and watermelon; hint of orange peel. Long, dry doughy finish with bits of grapefruit zest. Big hop feel without over-the-top bitterness.
rocbyter (1915) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Complex and interesting fruity malt aroma. Clearish orange color with a small white head. Light flavor of most tradirtional pale ales. Light palate.
3fourths (8339) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Filtered. Nose is disappointing, consisting mostly of soggy grains, some mold, some corn and some celery notes. Sure there’s hops, but all of the hops smell like corn and celery. Body is frothy but a little thin, and up front it tastes slightly sour, some squash and corn flavors along with some grassiness an cattyness. Finishes with more of the grain sourness and a light honey note.
argo0 (11814) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Medium beige off-white head that mostly dissipates, atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, lemongrass, some caramel, orange, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, lemongrass/orange, some caramel, spicy. Slight tin in finish. Soft medium body, some chewiness, very drinkable.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[tap @ Sunset Grill] Dark amber color, with a minimal head formation. Grassy, herbal hop aroma. Sweet malty flavors, with plenty of earthy hop bitterness. Slick, dense mouthfeel. Finishes with some residual sweetness.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Waterfront (on the nitro engine). Orange colored with a substantial frothy head. Spicy citrus hops in the aroma, with definite herbal qualities, I’m even sensing something like a trace of licorice or anise. Light caramel malt flavor with orangey hop notes, again herbal and mildly spicy, with a leafy presence throughout. By far the most enjoyable beer I’ve had from Harpoon.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Downtown Bar and Grill. Pale amber with a sticky creamy white head. A bit of fruity/herbal hop aroma. Apricot and light berryish character. Lightly bready maltiness. Sort of UK-ish in style. Reminds me of a challenger-hopped golden ale more than anything American. Fruity and fresh tasting. Low bitterness. Great balance with a lingering orange flavour.