lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.
Appearance: Slightly opaque, coppery gold colour with tight two finger white head when poured into English style glass pub tankard. Head thins and remains with heavy ring and heavy lacing.
Aroma: Floral hops and gentle mixed fruits, with a distant hint of chocolate.
Taste: Lots of hops, bringing mixed citrus and vague red berry flavours, balanced with a gentle malty backbone. Restrained golden syrup sweetness that blends the fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Refreshing, tasty, rewarding. An excellent pacific northwest pale ale.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden with a hoppy citrus aroma. Decent hoppyness, but I found it bit boring.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant citrus (tangerine, lemon, grapefruit) and floral hops blend well with toasty and bready malts with some caramel sweetness in the nose. Somewhat hazy golden-orange coloured body is topped by adecent white head that recedes slowly to cover. Plenty of citrus character in the flavour along with toasty and caramel malts and underlying fruity esters. Bitterness is quite tangy. Mild butterscotch note rounds out the taste. Medium light body with moderate carbonation that is pointy on the tongue. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. 1L Swingtop bottle (Brewery Creek, Mar-07).
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(1 litre swing-top) Purchased at the brewpub on December 9th for $8.50. Pours a small foamy white head that disappates to the rim. An amber orange body. Nose is very pine cone and caramel malt. Flavour is somewhat biting in tartness. Fairly good balance. Everything I would expect in a Pale Ale.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale golden, slight haze topped by a thick creamy white head. Nice bright lemon-citrus aroma, some grassiness. Flavour is lightly bready, with citrus and some dustiness. Fairly hoppy with some sweet citrus and a slight sweatiness in the back.
Strange that these observations are so different from other ratings.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bro brought this back in a growler so it was a tad flat. Nevertheless, the beer was brown with minimal head as expected. Aroma was roasted malts with some sugary notes. Tastes slightly sweet with some creamy smoothness for balance.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Draught, at the brewpub, August ’07
Bright golden amber colour. Slightly fruity, slightly honeyish nose barely escapes the ultra-thick head. Caramel overtones with honeyish back notes and fair earthy English hops. A hint of toastiness comes off almost as astringent on the heels of all that caramel. Whether a "pale" or an "amber" (it’s variously billed as both) it’s probably too sweet for either. Not sure where the American hops have gone in this one, they were much needed for balance.
Notes from February ’05: Bright copper colour. Appetizing aroma mixes wood, grapefruit and toast. Earthy, woody bitterness with toasty malts and apricoty, pearlike esters. Sweetish finish with hints of grapefruit. Ar 7 Ap 4 F 7 P 4 O 13 = 3.5