can8ianben (1285) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was excited to see that cascade hops would be greeting me, but sad that they didn’t have a bigger presence. I liked their IPA a lot more. This one is more about the caramel malt and faint bitter notes than a big hop smack up front.
thooper41 (546) - Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: Appearance is golden brown slightly amber with small off white head, aroma has a nice presence of floral hops, flavor not overly hoppy but it did have its presence, almost an IPA, very clean tasting nice amount of malt and hops.
19Ei8hty (1132) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin bready malt body, light pine. A little oily and astringent with minimal citrus and a peppery note on the finish.
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is as good on tap as Arrogant Bastard is in a bottle. There are too many beers which seem to try miserably to be like this. This one gets it right. Lots of very good tasting hop flavor over a very good basic beer base.
By far my favorite beer from McMenamins. I usually don’t rate a beer if my rating would be more than 2 points below the average.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance – pours a dark amber in color with a small half a finger of head that disappears rather quickly. When held up to the light it turns a bright orange. This looks a tad bit dark for an APA.
Smell – Smells good, like a weak IPA. This has a strong hop smell up front with lots of caramel backing it up.
Taste – This is pretty dry and has an off-putting taste about it. The hops start off in full force, and as they begin to fade, the malt follows, with that unpleasant taste I mentioned before. Although as this beer warms up it becomes a hell of a more balanced and tasty beer.
Mouthfeel – Has a heavier than normal feel to it when it is in mouth, but feels lighter as it goes down my throat.
Drinkability – Pretty good beer, not the best by far though. It has an “I’m trying to be an IPA” feel to it that makes me just want to get an IPA.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kennedy School location. color was amberish, with a creamy head. Aroma of citrus and caramel; the aroma was actually quite good. Flavor wasn’t as great. Earthy, biscuit, citrus and flowers. A solid beer for the style.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
another solid, but not stellar offering from mcmen. i really like these guys and think they have a pretty good feel for good beer.
eyesolus (64) - Mill Creek, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mill Creek location; nice balance; aroma and hop taste matched well; all around good ale; worth going back with a growler.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Of the three McMenamins I had this night (Nebraska and Terminator) this was the better, but that’s not saying too much. Murky yellow orange and white head. Light aromas of faint hops, fresh strawberries and orange juice. A sweet beer for a pale, with a very mildly bitter backbone.
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The worst thing about McMenamins ale is the fact that there are 20 some odd brewers that brew it. resulting in a varied and scattered style. Sometimes the brew can be amazing (which signifies my rating) and other times it can be horrible. That being said, when this beer is made right, the cascade hops dominate he palate and aromas of malt and hops intermingle nicely together.