thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at GOBF ’08. Pours a light amber with a foamy, off-white head sticks around, leaving some streaks of soapy lace. The nose was floral hops, citrus and pine. Flavors followed suit, with the addition of some slight caramel, and dry malts. The palate is medium-bodied, watery, with a solid clean, dry finish. Great little grocery store APA.
harrisoni (17284) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from GBBF 08. Amber, thick beige head. As an Englishman, how can you have a session beer that’s 6%? Seriously, if I lived in America, I’d last, what 18 months, maybe 2 years before I’d die. I couldn’t sit in a pub for 3-4 hours drinking pints of this, I’d be a mess. Yet it is very drinkable. Not the greatest pale ale unfortunately, but similar to that style. Bit of raspberry fruit flavour. Slightly sweet malt and slightly sweet grapefruit hop. Some sherbert on end, but not really bitter. In fact I now realise I confuse big hops with proper bitterness. Like many, it improves when it’s slightly warmer, than fridge termperature. The malts come more alive. The malt is a little too sweet, ok hop, but a little too sweet overall.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - GBBF 2008. A beautiful hoppy aroma. Great pine notes. More great hops in the mouth with a good malt backbone also. A tasty smooth beer which slipped down a treat.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much every craft brewery has their version of the Americanized staple of beer, the pale ale.
Fire Rock pours a thick, deep amber with tinges of ruby in its deepest sports. Bubbles scramble for freedom, creating a tight but brief head of foam in my glass. I get more malts and fruit in the nose than hops, though there is a bit of their oily esters lurking in the background. There is definitely a hint of some kind of fruit in the nose, possibly orange. With each quaff, bubbles scramble to the top, releasing their effervescent goodness. Sweet malts fill my mouth. A very smooth, heavy body for a pale ale, further evidence of the malt presence. as Fire Rock warms, a bit more of the hops come out to say hello with some lemon zest while some of the orange I got in the nose tickles my taste buds, adding to the fairly heavy, oily, clingy malt body of Fire Rock. A bit of lace trickles down the sides of my glass of Fire Rock with each quaff. The malt and hops come to an end with a more balanced flourish, mingling hoppy oils, spice, and sweet fruity malts.
A heavier Pale Ale than some others I have had over the years. I would definitely help myself to Fire Rock Pale Ale on a regular basis.
ethomson (56) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly sweet aroma, carmel perhaps? Very hoppy, very nice overall aroma. Amber in color, with thick white head. Nice ale, with a moderate & strong bitter finish, definitely worth a try!
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting 08/09/08 at Once Upon a Vine. Citrusy, floral hop aroma with grapefruit over caramel malts. Clear amber orange with a small fine white head. Citrusy orange grapefruit hop flavor with moderately sweet malt backing. Slightly fruity and nutty characteristic. Medium body with fairly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet with a slight bitterness lingering. Quite tasty .
oh6gdx (25388) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized off-white creamy head. Aroma is caramel, fudge, mild fruityness and grass. Flavour is grassy and fruity hops along with some toffee and pine. Wellbalanced.
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with pine, caramel and hoppy notes. Sweet hoppy flavor with caramel and hoppy notes.
OldGrowth (3242) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint @ Harrisons. Ok aroma, sweet, biscuity cardboard, minor citrus. Clean brownish orange color, good head & lace. Bitter sweet flavor. citrusy grassy bitterness, a cardboard streak that dulls flavor, lite tofffe maltiness. medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Eh, ok, no pronounced citrus/floral for me though, kind of avarage at best.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Second taste of Hawaii beer I got to enjoy last week. I have to say that this wasn’t too bad, but then again wasn’t that good either. Aroma is pretty sweet, almost too much in my opinion, the hops come in at the last moment to save it. The pour is nothing special, yellow orange with a thin off-white head. Taste is again sweet of malts up front with a punch of hops just in the nick of time to save it from abomination. This was ok, not too bad after a long day in the sun.