TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foggy rufous. Towering white head exhibits stellar retention. Elegant nose of pencil eraser, perfumey plasticlike phenolics, tangerine oil, white grapefruit pith, plastery yeast, apricot jam, toasted bread, aniseed. Firm, expansive effervescence. Bottle-conditioned. Exuberantly phenolic and dry, yet not stark or hollow, with a trailing softness of rose petals and slippery tangerine-oil-laced hop vibrancy. Malt offers up refined cookielike notes and a gently toasty support as its feathery weight disperses dusty dextrins across the tongue. Leafy bitterness gently scratches the palate to provide contrast to the predominantly soft and flavorsome hops. Spicy and flowery hops combine with a dryly phenolic flourish to wrap things up in the perfectly uncomplicated and sophisticated finish. Wheras most U.S. brewers seem to prefer disproportionate balance with copious amounts of caramel and resin in their pale ales, this exemplifies brewing with a finessed touch. The balance here is truly extraordinary, as they have squeezed every last trace of oil from the Cascades, resulting in a seemingly ordinary pale ale which happens to be ceaselessly quaffable and chock full of hop flavor balanced by just a kiss of bitterness. And whatever yeast these guys are bottle-conditioning with is super cool and magical, as everything I have had from them has been a gusher and highly phenolic. Such a fun little beer.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2336) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Craft Beer Picnic. A lovely copper gold with a filmy white head & a luscious juicy citrus & pine c-hop bouquet. The sharp tongue scraping carbonation I except from hoppy beers but the body is a bit light. The taste is ok but not as nice as the nose: earthy pine and light citrus. A solid though uninspiring pale ale.
Camons (6306) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Brasserie 4:20, Rome. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, biscuit, sweet fruity hops. Flavor is malt, biscuit, little fruit, grassy hops, straw. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 090414
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
50 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Marked Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Pale Ale at 5%.
Clear golden color, small white head. Sweet, acidic, sour, Brettanomyces scent. Thin, Brettanomyces, weird bitter taste. Astringent, bitter, husky, high attenuated aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, high strange bitterness.
GenkiGonzo (364) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Ise Kadoya brew pub. Amber colour with small head. Aroma is slightly fruity with hops. Flavour has great hoppy bitterness and some fruit. Good west coast PA style.
mkel07 (3669) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at Taro’s Ramon restaurant. Sometimes you find good beer in the most unexpected places and when you least expect it. Vibrant golden orange colour with a deep pure white head. Hops in the aroma and lasting finish .
gam (3342) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium head misty amber pour aromas floral fruit sweet malt grain flavours resin citrus grapefruit honey apricot medium to strong bitter good balance the finish nice all round tastes very enjoyable ale liked the hops and grain mix best
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Qbrick. Good floral nose. Moderately fruity malt, spicy on mid-palate, nice bitter hop attack on the finish. Excellent balance, interesting hops. Light and very drinkable. Served too cold.
DrSilverworm (6943) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz bottle, on closeout at The Party Source. Hazy dark amber orange color. Lots of sediment visible in the glass. Thin off-white head, good lace. Looks good. pear and white grape aroma. Soft, stronger carbonation. Very dry texture, medium body. Zesty sweet taste, light bitter. Lightly soapy. Actually, nice interesting fruity pale ale, with interesting malt profile. Not bad. But weird.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 8/11/2012. This American Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. Medium to full sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, herbal and sweet, citrusy and grapefruity. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Decent carbonation. Some yeast floating around. A touch hoppy fpr a pale ale, yet there is still a bunch of malt in this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
reebtogi (4375) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles down to some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is light grapefruit citrus with some light toasted grains. Taste is grapefruit bitterness with some toasted malty sweetness, hints of orange and yeast. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. A nicely done APA that was quite satisfying.