beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OBF 2004. Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly floral. An English style Pale Ale. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Lively carbonation. Might make a nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
carboloader (648) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I seem to like this better than other raters do. Pours dark amber, transparent, with medium-sized head that lasts awhile. Strong hop aroma for an otherwise nondescript brew. Falvor is smooth hops with some malt and sweeter than expected (but I had just finished an intense IPA). Not very bitter. In fact, pretty watery mouthfeel. Still, a surprisingly decent offering from Hawaii, which I definitely donít view as any origin of seriously good brews.
Better than expected. Friends brought this back from a recent trip.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was a very poor offering. Was very deep yellow, slightly hazy, with little head retention. Smell was a very high citrus hop almost lemony to the point of floor cleaner. But was light and somewhat yeasty as well. Just take away the amonia and there ya go. Taste was very watered down hop. No real taste, slightly of lemon peel, plastic, and cardboard. Gritty, grimey feel and watery.
Was flavored water.
I was glad to share and compare with the person responsible for getting me this and the Gold. We both agreed on the Gold being better and this Sunset was over before it hit the horizon.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a nice, bright red colour, but there's not much head, and it looks pretty lifeless in the glass. A bit of malt in the aroma, and something vaguely unpleasant in the background. Very little body, and the flavour is equally weak - a touch of malt in the opening, a hint of hops in the finish if you strain to find them. Boooooring.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak, very, weak. Even for Hawaii, I excepted something a little less watered down.
Ernest (6012) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Bottle, Kailua Kona, Hawaiíi.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
lightly malty (grain, cookie),
lightly hoppy (flowers).
moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Terrible malt extraction (very grainy/husky in both aroma and aftertaste). Re-sampled this just to see if my years-old rating was accurate, and blindly it was indeed only 0.1 difference in total score...not bad.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright ruby/copper colored with a small white head. Itís a little malty for a pale ale, nor does it have nearly the hoppiness it should. Itís not very distinctive, but it goes down smooth.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored, little or no head retention. Hop aroma decent. Tasted somewhat astringent. Little bitterness.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ok, it was nice of one of my friends tote this in her suitcase coming back from Hawaii. This smells like that Nestea Iced Tea that comes in a can, that pre-sweetened stuff. Maybe a whiff of earthy hops. Do they put cane sugar in this stuff? Tough to choke down, its so sweet. This almost tastes like beer. Moving on...
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty beer, dark amber with no head. Nice balanced fullmouth beer.