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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
Overall a solid beer from the mountains of NC. Nice color and flavor good drinking beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Golden brown color with a rather large bone white head. Aroma is pleasant, if unusual, possessing heather and grass with malt in the background. Quite powerful malt backbone with toffee and molassas present. No real hop flavors here, but the hops do dry this out and make it quite pleasant. Very interesting brew and worth another try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2040) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Evidentially I didn’t have any comments on this beer when I originally rated it. I just had the pleasure of tasting this beer again, while on vacation in Atlantic Beach, NC. It was on draft at Amos Mosquito’s restaurant, and was very tasty and delicious. It poured a bright and clear amber color with a pretty decently generous head. There was an impressive amount of lacing left by the head around the glass. The nose featured notes malt, cream and bread, and the flavors were mostly the same, with a touch of flowery hops and spice. The finish was incredibly smooth and a little creamy. This is certainly one of the better amber ales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2002
A well balanced, sweet and malty beer, but a little thin for my taste, as seems to be the norm with this style. Moderate spice flavor and hop presence, but not incredibly complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2002
If I wanted an IPA I would have purchased an IPA. The Gaelic Ale is very hoppy. Has a pine taste that lasts well after the drink. I expected more malt and a sweeter flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Nicely spicy, Fairly rich flavor - I think they've changed the recipe recently, for the better. I think the 5.8% alcohol seems a bit optimistic, though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2001
not being fond of hoppy bitterness, i found this beer a bit unpalatable. but for those who enjoy that hoppy end of the beer spectrum, i’d say go for it......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jezmez68 (395) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2001
This is a great ale with more flavor than your average pale ale. Well worth the trip to Asheville!

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