Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark goledn and clear, short head an light lacing. Aroma does have some citrus hop to it - that’s a good sign! Unfoturnately, there’ not an abundance of taste here - malts are sweet and caramel but kind of watery bodied. There is a decent hop ending, but not enough to make up for the lack of body.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at old ebbit’s grill in dc. not much head. very light ale, rich malty flavor. very bitter but crisp and satisfying with food
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2004
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I bought a case of this after a long search with help from the Brewer’s sales department. I wish I hadn’t found it. The beer was extremelt bitter and had a lingering aftertaste. Also it tasted very carbonated and gave me heartburn. The aroma, appearance were deceptive at best as I thought this was going to be a great one. I prefer Clipper Citys Gold for an Ale.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jasonp, thanks Jason!) A fairly malty nose leads the way for this decent and drinkable pale ale. It’s balanced more toward the malty end of the spectrum, and minimally sweet, with a slight roastiness adding a somewhat robust flavor, but a nice hops bite keeps this beer honest. This is a medium bodied beer, with hops and carbonation adding a bit of zing to the palate. Dark amber in color, darker than most pale ales. Off-white head has good size during the pour, but settles down to a sheen, while leaving quite a bit of lacing behind. Wouldn’t seem out of place if this was offered as a fall seasonal. Flavorful, enjoyable, easy to drink, pretty decent overall.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful clear amber with an off white head. Aroma is malty and lightly floral. Taste is of caramel malt, butterscotch, citrus and toastiness with a nice touch of hop bitterness. Can use more malty sweetness IMO. Mouthfeel is full and round. Lively carbonation. Overall, not bad by any means but kind of boring.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
A nice looking pale ale. But its lacks a good hop falvor and is a little watery. More like an american standard.
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. A golden amber beer with a small but persistent head. Aroma was nice with elements of citrus but very little grain. I was disappointed in the taste. Too light and crips. A nice beer to quaff while eating a hamburger, but not a standout Pale Ale.
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber out of the bottle with a foamy egg-shell white head. Light, malty aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Citrus rind hop presence. Seems a little light in body and watery, but the basic flavors are all there.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 Having tried the Raspberry, McHenry and Gold ale from Clipper City I grabbed the Pale Ale with a definite note of trepidation. But as I rather like pale ales in general I thought that here at least was an opportunity for redemption for the brewery. It came again in a 12 oz brown bottle. It poured a nice dark golden color with a medium sized tan head. Ok so far, but now for the nose. The aroma was by no means overwhelming, but it did contain a reasonably strong scent of grapefruit. Hmmm, ok this should be my type of pale. The flavor revealed a light, flowery grapefruit element that gave some justice to my hopes. There was a hint of malt balance, but really this beer is for the hophead, or should I say the person who will eventually be a hop head. A good intro IPA for those not yet corrupted to the cult of the hops, but for those of us who have sold our souls to the liquid glory that is alcoholic grapefruit juice, this beer can do nothing but make one long for a beer with a "Real" hop dominance. But still, I can not complain. This is a decent if slightly mild pale ale and as such does redeem the brewery some in my eyes.
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Long-lasting head, beautiful caramel color. Just enough hops in the nose, to let you know this is a real American pale ale. Goes down smooth, without biting your head off like some over-hopped pale ales. My favorite in this style, I only wish it was available locally on tap.