harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite a tasty pale IPA! Hops explode out of the nose, with a ton of citrus and grapefruit aromas. Flavor is just what I was looking for, a sweet but creamy caramel maltiness, with some orange rinds, and a that same fruit acidity to tingle your tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel, with a zesty lingering finish.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Thin white head, citrus and floral notes. Hops just tingling your mouth. Aftertaste is like you just got done eating an orange. Great IPA by this little brewpub, just wish they bottled.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to jgd0608 for a growler of this as part of the Mystery Swap. The pour was medium coppery with dark straw menisci. The aroma was hoppy and fruity, with some tangeriny and grapefruity citrus and peppery notes. The flavor was hoppy and fruity, very nice complexity and balance for an IPA, with a finishing noble dry hop flavor that was very enjoyable.
shrubber85 (6509) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler (in trade with ford9719 - thanks Chris). Primarily orange/grapefruit hops with light malt aroma. Medium amber color with small head. Bitter grapefruit/orange hops hit the tongue immediately followed by a very nice malt flavor to finish - I really like that. Moderate carbonation with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Well made plus filled the growler as full as it could be.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the 2009 Parkville microbrew festival. Pours orange with a thin white head. This is their regular pale ale?!? This beer is thicker than many DIPAs. This is candy-sweet. lots of toffee. Thick and rich with the right level of hops for a big beer.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donít let the "Pale Ale" name fool you - this is without a doubt, from the strong citru hop aroma to the long lingering woody finish, an IPA, and with 7.5% abv, itís awfully close to an Imperial IPA. The copper red body is thick with caramel and bread malts and a continous citrus grapefruit hops right down the center of my tongue. This was the best beer they had on tap - excellent stuff
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, fully red color. The head starts out at about a half-finger thick and shows a amber tinged tan color. The head quickly becomes wispy though. The aroma has hints of diacetyl to it as well as an earthy herbaceous hops, a touch of apple and even a bit of caramel. Towards the end of the aroma it begins to pick up toasty malt note.
The taste is sweet up front and accentuates a nice berry like note. Floral citrus flavors join the berry notes to round out the fruity hop character. There is a nice solid bitterness here, which starts to bite the mouth in the middle and moves to a lingering, almost astringent finish. There is a touch of diacetyl in the flavor. It is just enough for me to notice a light butterscotch note, but not enough to detract from the flavor profile. In fact it probably even adds to the good flavors of this beer.
The beer is only lightly carbonate (appropriately so for a growler), which helps to soften the palate impact of this beer. This beverage balances between the soft creamy feeling malt notes and the sharp, piquant hop notes quite well. There is just a touch of zippy carbonation here, which also serves as a counterpoint to the soft creamy character of this beer. Being served from the growler almost gives it a feel like it was cask conditioned (though I wonder if the slight leak it sprung while enroute has something to do with this). In the beginning the diacetyl may be just a touch too much, but even my sensitive palate gets used to and even accepts it as part of this beer. The diacetyl is at the level where it actually seems to accentuate the fruity flavors of this beer, in fact it is this that brings out that berry note I noticed in the flavor. This is quite a tasty beer and is certainly a lofty introduction to the beers from Kansas.
Avery (2) - Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber appearance with little head and little lacing. Not quite as hopped as I would expect, but still quite good. Pleasant mouthfeel and overall a decent IPA.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a highly hazy orange-amber with thin white head that quickly recedes to little more than a ring around the rim. Aroma is orange-citrus as opposed to the grapefruity citrus of your average American-style IPA, plus a clean, solid hop bitterness and a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor is dried orange and a big dose of sweet malt follwed by a solid wall of high hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel; palate is disappointingly flat and lifeless but leaves a pleasnt bitter-orange aftertaste. This is one of the best-balanced, best-tasting British-style IPAs Iíve ever had from an American brewery that could have scored quite a bit higher but for its lack of carbonation and consequent flat palate.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pint at the brew pub, pours amber with a nice off white head. Citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor is not a hoppy as I had hoped for. Mildly hoppy with a decent amount of maltiness. Nicely balanced. With the aroma it had I was hoping for a hop bomb. Must have been very fresh.