jgb9348 (5684) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hazy crisp golden coloured body with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lace on the glass - this one looks great! Aroma of pale malt, light hops, wort, yeast and a bit of unfinished sugars. Medium-bodied; Nice assertive hops up front then showing some malt and a subtle citrus sweetness at the tail end. Aftertaste is somewhat hoppy, but not overly bitter and has a nice caramel sweetness. Overall, a nice and refreshing beer - not overly done like most new styles, and definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 25-April-2009, sampled at home in the Real Washington on 03-May-2009.
riversideAK (6153) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Auld Triangle in Greenwood. I was there with my girlfriend watching a band she really likes called the Starlings. There was no cover which I like very much. The band is pretty good, but she has been listening to their cd for almost three months now since she bought it at their show in Port Townsend after the Strange Brew Fest that I attended with her and after4ever. She really is playing them out. Anyways, this one has a light nose of floral and woody hops, softer sweet malts, and a touch of butter. Pours a golden amber with no head. Flavors of soft malty sweetness, a little bread, caramel, followed by a pleasant soft floral finish with perhaps a touch of citrus as well. An easy drinking pale ale, the dry hopped version is much better and seemingly very different. Too bad the rating inteligensia does not deem dry hopping a recipe change or I would have another tick to my resume.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with riversdeAK (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hps, grassy, toasty, and some citrus. Tastes of toasted caramel, lighter floral hops, and citrus.
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured pale amber with thin white head. Aroma of malt, grass and hops, something like a pils. Sweet light malt flavour, Light hop finish
BuckeyeBoy (5988) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at Maritime Pacific Seattle. Pours out a straw topped with a nice white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops and some grass. Tast of the floral hops is great. A nice citrus hop note along side. This was a tasty Pale Ale.
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bvc. Pour is a slightly hazed golden orange with beautiful settling and a thick two inch white head. Head falls slowly, leaving behind thick, sticky lacing. Pretty. Aroma of fresh resin hops and toasted maltiness. The maltiness is soft, and very fresh smelling. Taste is the resin hops, somewhere between pine and orange peel citrus. The nice toasted maltiness carries through to the middle and finish, and is quite husky and fresh. Palate is medium, with lingering toasted sweetness. There is a pleasant unfiltered mineral element to this beer as well. Nicely balanced pale ale. Thanks for sending this my way, Brandon!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry hopped cask. Golden with light citrus aroma. Hops come through more in the taste along with moderate bitterness. Well balanced and makes for a great session.
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Jolly Roger Taproom, Seattle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a malty hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus. Dry malty hoppy bitter flavor with some grapefruit hints. Has a long malty hoppy bitter finish.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This orange gold pour has a bubbly white head. It smells of citrus hops and is quite bitter to the taste. The malt cuts in nicely and leaves a smooth and light finish.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/11/08 On draught at Whistle Stop Alehouse, Renton Washington. This is one of their two house beers, and a dry hopped version of Islander. Aroma is a light, sweet blend of Caramel and floral PNW hops. Appearance is hazy gold with a well maintained white head. Flavor is slightly hop forward, but has a good amount of malt balance. It’s sweet but not cloying, slightly bready, and infuses well with the floral notes from the hops. Bittering is medium, sweet and has just a hint of grassiness, but no harsh earthiness. There’s a lot of citrus in the finish, but tends more to softer orange notes than harsh lemony astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a very faint resin/starchy texture that is not objectonable. Carbonation is medium in texture. Overall, very easy drinking for a rather complex pale ale. There’s light flavors here, but more than enough to round out the pallette for many different types of beer preferences.