SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. I may have gotten an old bottle - hard to tell the age of some of these things sitting around smaller beer shops... Poured amber yellow, cloudy with a thin head that disappeared almost instantly. Aroma is definitely hoppy, but also slightly sour and skunky. Flavor is light maltiness, with tart, bitter hops and a metallic taste that really says "I'm just a little too old for you young man!". Mouthfeel is pleasant with a still lively carbonation. I look forward to finding another bottle at some point and doing a re-rate.
Braudog (5582) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-yellow with a thin tacky top. Gristy and malty with light fresh tartness. Pretty good.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A great golden color and a hazy body. I really enjoyed the clinging, lacy head and the easy taste: not too malty or hoppy. A nice, fresh aroma that was more clean than flowery or fruity. Definitely a nicely complex but not too complicated ale. Perfect for the bright and breezy Hawaiian weather in which it was enjoyed.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Golden body, decent head, sweet nose. Very mild hoppiness and a light body.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Uninspiring. Certainly a hop taste, but from a strange hop I've never had before. Wierd bite with a funny after taste. Not a bad beer, but really not good either.
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good beer good flavor not to strong but still had that beer taste Probably the best beer in Hawaii
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium gold color, slightly hazy. Small head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied golden ale. Malts are mild and slightly sweet. Hops are mild, slightly spicy. Flavor is slightly sweet, and kind of grainy. A touch harsh tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and harsh. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and grainy.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 (23Mar2003--bottle in Kona)
5% ABV, 20 IBU.
Having tried to brew this style myself, I'd say that any beer without major faults receives an automatic 10/20.
Good crisp feel, appropriate for the style.
Nothing too complex, but good notes of malt and a pleasant light hop presence.
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden apple juice colour. Nice fruity & malty nose. Non-descript flavour - slightly fruity, but otherwise inoffensive and bland. At least it's refreshing, which makes it suitable for enjoying under the hot Hawaii sunshine.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had from bottle 01/19/03
Initial pour is golden yellow with small head. Aroma has hints of banana and hops. I was expecting a lighter beer with the ’Golden Ale’ title, but it was quite strong with an almost nutty taste. Nothing too special - I"ll have to try Kona"s other brews.