thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear amber with thick white head and plenty of lace, aroma is very citrus hops, lemon, pine. Taste is citrus, pine, very light malt, good bitterness, lively carbonation dry finish
devman171 (500) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with nice carb and head. Aroma is floral and citrus, taste is crisp and bitter with great tasting beer burps, yum
kaser (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle at the Monkeys Paw. yellowish orange color with fluffy white head. Lemon and citrus aroma. Orange tropical and bitter taste. Delicious. Hadn’t heard of this brewery until today - amazing IPA and pale ale they make
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the entire glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge hop complexity and a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, peach, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright juicy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale! All around awesome complexity and balance of bright hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
hombrepalo (1704) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Binny’s Skokie. Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger white head. Good retention, slowly settling into a lasting, thick ring. Earthy, floral aroma with dank, resinous hops giving off lots of pine and citrus. Hints of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthier notes. Pale biscuit malt presence. Medium bodied wih a blast of sticky, dry hops that linger throughout into a slightly boozy finish. Bitter and dry with dank pine needle flavor countered by tropical and citrus fruit, especially pineapple and orange peel. Subtle malt backbone for balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Very well balanced
ontbeermaker (2149) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a nice clean yellow, taste is a nice hoppy beer, its got a nice pine quality and overall nice and drinkable.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Pat’s tasting. Orange in color with a white head. Aroma is all celery to me. Uck. Some bread, vegetal hops, maybe a bit of orange. But mostly celery. Flavor is slightly sweet with a bit of bitter grass and pine. Minimal orange and more celery. Really disappointed. Bad bottle?
Maverick34 (1909) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft from the Jeffrey. Orangey pour. Serious head with piney hops aroma. Finishes pretty clean. An enjoyable apa.
harrymel (419) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 16APR13 (best by mid July)
Nice honey colored ale with a solid, persistent quilt of soapy whites atop. Nose is pretty simple, some resin, some pine, some grapfruit pith, and light english malting. Taste follows suite with some decent bitterness, a good resiny, piney, PNW-ey character and a sweet tea malt backbone. Tastes more English aggressive than APA to me, but I dig. Medium bodied with fluffy carb and an off dry finish. Not sure what the price is on this, but on tap at average prices, I’d probably slam a good several annually (with one night probably being pretty top heavy)
hoffbier (24) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Bavarian Lodge. Pale golden pour into tulip. Modest head, complex aroma with a hoppy but balanced taste. Very drinkable pale. Welcome to Illinois!
edwardbass (361) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More like an IPA to me. Aroma? Got me...my sinuses are stuffed up today. Middle-dark yellow color with a big head. Taste is fantastic citrus and slightly pine hops bitter with a mild malt behind. Great beer, especially if you’re an IPA fan