Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
Iíve been picking up local beers that I have constantly passed on now that I am moving away from the area. This one was on the list. For some reason pale ales fall very low on my priority list despite being a nice change of pace from huge imperial stouts and IPAs. This one was solid and well made; if I would have tried it earlier I might have made it a standby beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The head was stark white and about a half finger in height. Underneath was a bronze colored body that smelled of caramel, malt, lemony hops and apple sauce. It wasnít terribly complex but I have yet to run aross an APA that is.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel and molasses dominate the first sips before yielding to a balanced hoppy and maltiness. The body is nice and fluid without being watery. Iím not sure what to make of it overall. While it has some strong qualities it also is a pretty simple beer. It might make a nice gateway beer for sharing with your "Budweiser equals beer" friends.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear amber, wispy white head, drops of lace, sweet caramel malt aroma with floral hops, well balanced hop flavor with earthy hops and dry caramel malt, nice lasting light bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle via skyview (thanks!). Pours a hazy amber with a large head. Not much in the nose, just a slight citrus aroma. The taste is quite strange. I am getting some sweet and sourness, some green apples and lemons, some toasted grains and some floral hops, with a grainy sourish aftertaste. I think this is in the beginning 1/3 of infection stage. Body is light, carbonation is high.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Brigadier sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a well-lacing white head. Big, fresh citrusy hoppy aroma has a slightly sweet caramel maltiness. Body starts with a mild, earthy malty sweetness with good, fresh bittersweet hoppy character. Nicely-balanced and very drinkable.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light sweet aroma with citrus hints. Hazy light copper with a huge pillowy head. Medium palate. Citrus tang and some bitterness. Light and refreshing.
jcat (23) - USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer. It had a great orange aroma and a beautiful golden brown color. It was a very light flavored beer and had a nice hops aftertaste. It did have some black sediment in it but again the flavor rocked!
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light malt with some citrus notes in the aroma.Pours a murky orange with a medium off white head.Citrus stands out in the flavor.Mouthfeel is thin with a bitter citrus finish.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped at the Firm Worm store in Arena, WI. The cashier told me that Tom Porter (brewery owner) just stopped by and put more Arena Premium in the cooler. Any fresher would have been a visit at the brewery. From 12 oz bottle, it pours a light caramel with some cloudy when viewed to light. Nose picks up a bitter flower with a hint of apricot. Taste with some citrus and light malt. Dry aftertaste of apricot. Very Nice!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was bubbly and white with decent retention. It reduced to a thin film after a while and left some nice lacing. Aroma was pleasant; dominated by grapefruity hops. Flavor was similar; citrusy without a whole lot of malt backbone. Dry on the tongue.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Citrus and caramel aroma. malty flavor with light caramel but nicely blended with citrus notes. Light to medium bodied.