r464 (2044) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep coppery color with a thick tannish head. Earthy, hoppy, with an herb-like quality. Mint and licorice.
jackl (5806) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg @ The Euston Tap. Medium amber color with a small white head. The nose is some orange peel, light grass, some confier, light toffee. The taste is pale malts, light orange and citrus fruit salad. Notes of caramel. Mild bitterness on the long finish. Smooth, easy to drink. Overall, a solid effort. Just OK. Not really my idea of a ’west coast pale’.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Nettbutikk. Cloudy amber colored. Low greyish-blond head. Nutty, marzipan-like aroma. A distant whiff of fruity hops. Medium body strength. Strange sweet flavor, like artificial sweetener. Malt-accented, with peppery caramel and nuts. Restrained fruity bitterness. Malty finish with a vague fruity bitterness. A decent beverage, but not a (West Coast) Pale Ale in my book.
daje (2729) - NORWAY - JAN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber body, huge beige head. Malty aroma, some caramel, taste is malty too, with straw and a scent of alcohol. A Light fruity hop taste hides in the back. As the label clearly states "Big, fruity hop aroma and flavour" this is a disappointing beer as almost all hops I sense are bittering hops. It’s not a bad beer by any means, it’s just far from the beer both the name and label indicates, in my opinion at least. Accompanying the elsewhere nice bitter hops is a crisp malt finish. I guess I’d have enjoyed this beer more if the name and label didn’t prepare me for a totally different beer than what was inside.
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... golden amber... thin white head ... lots of little bits in suspension ... soft zezty orange ... soft toffee nose ... sweet toffee fruits ... peach and apricot ... bright citrus fruits ... soft juicy and drinkable
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a golden bronze colour with dense light tan coloured head. Aromas are dominated by light caramel with some stone fruits in support. A little muted to be honest. Flavours are dominated by sugary sweetness with only the lfeintest hint of hop bitterness to balance. Solid mouthfeel. Slightly odd to be honest.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Hazy yellow beer with a large off-white head of long duration. Sweet aroma of malt, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Sweet and dry beer with a taste of malt, hops, grapefruit and lemon. Long and moderately bitter aftertaste.
Benzai (10175) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle (best before april 1st 2012) @ home shared with Joes. Hazy dark orange color, medium to full sized, decently lasting, fair lacing white head. Smell malts, lightly fruityness, a hint of flowers, hops. Taste malts, hops, light to moderately tropical fruits, light to medium bitterness, slightly some flowers. Low to medium body, medium carbonation.
gam (3605) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large light biege head misty deep amber pour soft carbonation aromas malt some fruir a richness caramel nut the flavours bright fruit citrus taste medium bitter nut toffee sweetness caramel woody touches pear apricot palate pleaser the finish sweet swharp tastes malt and hop more sweet than bitter very rewarding ale
tfredvik (1417) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, dark amber colour (uh, this is a pale ale, isn’t it?) with a very light brown colour that lasts for some time and leaves some lacing. The aroma is rather strong and highly unusual for an APA, it’s malt driven with sweet dark caramel and even some hints of raisins, and the fruity elements are of the dark kind. Moderate sweet taste that lasts into the aftertaste, also a light bitterness in the quite long-lasting finish. The flavours follow the malty path laid out by the aroma: sweet dark caramel, toasted notes, raisin and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel, creamy and smooth texture and quite soft carbonation. Some faint traces of metal in the finish, but not very disturbing. A nice ale, but not something for the hopheads out there.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]