JohnnyBGoode99 (4) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite beer so far... very bitter, very flavorful. However, DO NOT buy it in regular beer bottles. The only way to go is the 1-gallon growlers. You can’t even compare the 2! Problem is the jugs are not readily available. If I ever move away from the area, I will make the brewer mail it to me on a regular basis!
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite ales. Very heavy looking with a great aroma and a nice bitterness in the mix. Not for those who enjoy Coors or Bud. But then, what is?
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle obtained as part of a mix pack at Market Basket. Pours a hazy amber red with a thin film of off-white head. Smells fruity with toffee and caramel with some grassy tea-like English hops playing a strong role. Grassy tea-like hops hit first, with a fair bit of caramel hitting shortly thereafter. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, perhaps one of the easiest to finish English Pale Ales I’ve had. Balanced, full flavored, not overpowering. Near perfect in every way. A solid choice.
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. It’s getting harder and harder to find a good, basic pale ale. The market is oversaturated with hop monsters, which I love, but not when it’s 112 outside. Great warm weather beer, and at 5.4 ABV this is a great beer for a bbq in the summer.
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a translucent copper brown. I was disappointed by the lack of head, save for some fine white lacings. Sweet smells of malt, fruit, citrus and hops. Pleasing palate, carbonation is just right. Taste is slightly sweet, mild citrus fruit bouquet balanced with some pleasant hops. Nice hop flavor, I would have loved more but seems right on for the style. Aftertaste is a nice bitter, earthy piney flavor that leaves you looking forward to another sip.
jonnyg3323 (6) - north shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kitty’s restaurant poured into a 22oz glass.
Copper/amber color with a nice thick pillowy head. Great lacing from start to finish. Aromas of sweet malt and raw grains. Tasted similarly - sweet malt and a raw rye grain. Like an earthy homebrew. Medium bodied with a light clean slightly hoppy finish. Very good.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hoppy ale, but not as good as in days of old, when brewed by Ipswich (now brewed in Baltimore) and sold in growlers- when it was one of the best beers in the world. now brewed in Baltimore
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Quite disparate aroma and flavor marks! Beautiful cookie-dough aroma; defines the term IMO. Hops infused throughout, not just at the finale, of the grapefruit-rind variety so widely used (Great Lakes burning river, for one). Quite good balance. Yeah, some will call it boring, but this is a wonderful English-style pale ale in my book.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark golden, orange hue. Malty flowery nose. Small head, slight lacing. Nice malt backbone, medium bodied, spicy, pepper and bitter, hoppy ending. A very nice english style ale, very quaffable. I really enjoy this ale, excellant, and underated.
ChainGangGuy (4565) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, deep golden body with a frothy layer of off-white suds. Little blips of lace on the way down.
Smell: Gently toasted white bread and biscuit tops with a small, sweet-scented accent to the malts. A bit of stone fruit and citrus mingling together with a dash of spice and earthy dried herbs.
Taste: Bready, biscuity pale malts brushed with a layer of sweet, sugared treacle. Slight apricot fruitiness with a little fresh sweet orange peel, but it’s growing increasingly towards an herbal, black tea presence. Medium bitterness. Drying, with a quality a bit like that Constant Comment tea.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Simple and easy-going, but pleasant overall. Refreshing.