bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Malt, earth, and light grapefruit aroma. Malt, light grapefruit and light caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Light bitterness. Malt, light grapefruit and light pine linger.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a clear gold color with a light head. The nose is lightly hoppy with a touch of floralness and grainy malt. Thin body but a light cascade note in the flavor. Vague mouthfeel like pennies and a boring finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Amber gold with an okay, frothy, white head. Less than average head retention.
Aroma: Grains, some floral and perfume notes. Not very inspiring.
Taste: Malt forward with a smaller dose of hops. Clearly the intention was not to offend anyone with any actual flavor. Mission accomplished. Malt sweetness, grains, and light floral notes from the hops.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium short finish.
Overall: About what I was expecting. Again, they are going for a very broad market, not those of us here. Muted flavors but decent drinkability and it isn’t offensive. Skip it though.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a soapy head and lacing. Aroma is light citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Flavor is the same, with a very soapy finish. Not a very good beer.
Gpnterojd (178) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pine and sweet citrus in the aroma after cracking the cap. Transparent ambery gold. Mild malts throw the focus to restrained hops. Bitter enough to notice, but won’t overpower. Some lemon, mint and pine in the flavour. Decent, easy to drink.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from the KIRKLAND Costco, thanks scrizz! Pours clear dark gold with a lacy white head. A little citrus, toffee and flowers in the aroma. Minimal body and carbonation. The taste kinda grainy and just lays there. Perfumy and lightly soapy finish. Starts out in a promising way, but things begin to go south in a hurry. This the kind of APA that argues in favor of pale lagers.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is faint, with a hint of perfumey floral hops and light malt notes as well. Pours clear and gold with a really decent head and surprisingly good lace. Pale malts up front with some sweetness and a decent perfumey finish. A hint metallic, but when consumed with food, the metal goes away and the hops cleanse the palate Smooth and actually my favorite one of the four.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bought at the Kirkland Costco. Odd, this one also smells kinda rancid like the German Hef did, but not as powerful. Nice clear gold and a strong tall white head that fell awkwardly in stages. Malty, chewy and not bad until you get to the finish where it seems the hops are moldy or something.
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Local bottle. Sure it tastes just fine. Not really a stand out APA. Aroma was dominated by malt. The flavours were very muted but still balanced between the malt and hops, maybe even leaning to the malt side.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bb 6/11/09 or best never...
sunny golden yellow color with orange tints and a soft white head. there are some spots of lacing... briefly... but only because i just dumped the amber out.
it smells very floral... orange blossoms, pale malt (almost pils-ish?), caramel and a bit of spice akin to cinnamon.
the flavor is a bit metallic (which is amplified when sampled directly from the bottle?) with notes of pale malt, flowers, caramel and a bitter unpleasant finish.
the medium body is a bit oily yet flat and dead on the tongue.
it’s beers like these that make me drink wine... 5/3/4/2/9/2.3