leaparsons (9505) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden with an off white foam. Aromas are grain with lemon rind and pithy grapefruit. Lager like nutty malts with hints of lime. Flavours are clean grain with citrus hops and a grassy, floral character. Good.
olio (8740) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear pale golden color with a small head. Okay, this seems to be a let down from the get-go, very faint herbal notes on the nose, barely notice the hops, lots of wet hay. Flavor is just as bland, hay, faint resinous hop notes and some orange. Grassy bitterness on the finish. It is crisp and refreshing but there isn’t just enough flavors here. I wouldn’t classify this as an APA.
ramboraffe (1669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is hoppy floral and fruity. Taste is sweet fruity and floral hoppy. Semi sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep, golden with a small white head. Aroma is a bit bready with citrus fruit and floral hops. Flavor is fruity with hints of pineapple, lemon, peach and more citrus, bready straw notes, nice spices, and grassy, floral hops with some nice hop bitterness on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Solid APA.
Tselloufc88 (312) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Slight aroma of peach, caramel. Taste is slight sweet fruit, pretty malty background. Some spiciness from the rye. A bit dull but still refreshing.
ttroha (489) - Americus, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent gold with white head. Aroma of fruity hops and citrus. Taste of bitter hops, citrus and caramel. Pretty good.
longmontcompass (4) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: I poured a bottle of Stranger Pale Ale into a pint glass, and found that it left a thin but decent white head; it looked a bit like clouds on a weather radar, and I wondered if anyone used the Stranger to tell their future. It was a bit hazy, but a deep golden amber in color, almost like honey that has just started to crystallize and is darkening.
Aroma: Instead of the nose full of conifer needles that many pale ales offer, the Stranger had a nose balanced between floral scents, sweet caramel scents, and a subtle touch of pine. It was a familiar and comforting smell, but it felt new and surprising at the same time.
Flavor: The mouthfeel on this one is somewhere between an Amber and an IPA, which is nice. There are a lot of bright flavors on the tip of the tongue, followed by richer ones in the middle of the tongue and the insides of the cheeks. It is a thinner beer, which works well in its favor. Such light and subtle flavors wouldn’t communicate well in a thicker beer.
Overall Impression: Stranger Pale Ale is one of my favorite Left Hand brews. It’s not overly alcoholic, or overly hopped. It has refreshing and relaxing quality to it. Picture a late-afternoon barbecue, or a local baseball game: Stranger should be there. It’s a great segue into the evening from the afternoon.
rosenbergh (9680) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. BB 19/11/2014. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Clear deep golden colour with a small white head.
Fruity hops, mild bitterness, cookies, sweet caramel malt and mild fruit tea notes in the aroma.
The flavour is fruity and resiny hops, moderate bitterness, strong sweetness, cookies and caramel malt. Not bad.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Where and how: bottle 355ml
Aroma soft, nice aromatic wrap. Slight feel of caramel with fruits. More hops at mid-end.
Top: medium bright top, nice lace on glass.
Base: almost clear, amber-gold.
Palate : medium carbonation, mid bodied front with thinner finish.
Taste: Mild toasty malt notes with citrussy hops. Felt a bit washed-out.
Other notes just passable.
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rated from notes taken 8 Sep 2013 -- It’s an okay pale ale. I think how they are marketing it is clever, but the beer itself is unremarkable.