dnstone (2127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish-copper with sudsy white head. Moderately earthy hop character, rather dry with a lingering hop finish. A bit of earthy-hop aroma. Light palate, but flavorful.
jtclockwork (7899) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold with white head. Nose/taste of citrus, resin, dried grains, tropical fruits and pine. Finishes very dry resin/pine. Medium body. Crisp. Clean.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, light tan tinged head. The beer is an amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, copper hue. As I pour this beer a note similar to oxidized malt seems to noticeable. A focused look at the nose reveals lots of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, some peppery pine notes, and a backing maltiness of caramelized whole grain crackers, with a touch of caramelized brown bread crumb.
Somewhat dry tasting, with lots of hop fruit character that leans towards lychee, kumquat zest, and floral peach up front, but the finish is dry, bitter, herbal & woody. The herbal side of the hops linger on the tongue with an almost tongue numbing character. The beer has a bit of fizziness to it, I wouldn’t say it is quite excessive, as it isn’t overly gassy, but it is a touch too much for this particular beer. This beer is clearly about the hops, there is a touch of supporting malt character that provides hints of crackers, and a touch of crystal malt notes in the finish. The beer is quite light bodied, it would be downright quaffable for all if it wasn’t so hop dominated by all, as it is if you are a hop head then this will be right up your alley. The finish definitely has a menthol and pine like hoppiness to it as the beer warms up; this contributes a fair amount of sharp, piquant hop character.
This is a nice, Pale Ale, I really like how expressively hoppy it is, yet still retains an eminent quaffability. I am not sure what that initial oxidized malt sort of note was, but at least it is not noticeable after that first whiff.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Clear amber with a big rocky head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit peel with some floral and caramel notes. Flavor is bitter hops from start to finish with just a bit of mellow malt for balance, alcohol completely hidden. Medium body with lively carbonation. Great beer to showcase the Citra hop, tons of hop character and well balanced.
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber purchased at Barons Market’s Rancho Bernardo location ($6.99). Pours a dark amber-red hue with two fingers of eggshell-colored head. Aroma of bright citrus, honeysuckle, and caramel. Flavor of citrus (tangerine and lemon peel), honey, caramel, and some grainy bread. Somewhat light-bodied, but finishes rather bitter for an APA. (70, 725)
michaelinwa (581) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden pour with lots of head. Great hoppy aroma. Flavor is dry, fairly typical. Nice thanks to the aroma.
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a lighter orange color with a beige head. Aroma was prettty much all citra hops, not extremely bright though with grainy notes and some lemon peel. Flavor was medium hop bitterness, nice fruity notes, and medium to light maltiness in the back. Decent pale ale.
csaso (1292) - Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - fair size foamy head, very nice medium orange color, huge citrus/grapefruit hop aroma and flavor with a decent size malt backbone - very good pale ale, if you like big citrus flavors
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 22-oz bottle was shared in a joint tasting with Strykzone via Facebook chat. It poured an amber gold with a good sized and long lasting white head and a lot of lacing. Nose of citrus and tropical fruit on a clean caramel malt aroma. Medium in body. Very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is big on both taste and bitterness. Very well balanced with the malt. Finish is citrus and good bitterness. A very good single hop.
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought I rated this months ago... At any rate, it isn’t up to something say like ZD but it is nice.