patrickfannon (1200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Drank this on a cloudy, humid, Sunday, just before a thunderstorm on the porch. This brew marks my 700th rating, and it has been a hell of a journey, to say the least. Poured this into a Three Floyds shaker. Color is deep, rich, vibrant honey orange-ruby with a tremendously thick, frothy, craggy off-white head. Aroma of resiny pine hops, bitter, juicy hops, slight caramel, hints of soapiness and tons of smooth, roasted malt. The body is medium, with a touch of alcohol on the entry and a bitter, astringent crispness on tha palate. Finishes with a slow, tight, thirst quenching semi-tartness. This pale ale is outstanding. Could not have choosen a simpler, yet more elegant, brew for my 700th. Cheers to the next 100!
Chudwick (1526) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9oz bottle - pours grapefruit orange with ivory head and great lacing. Nose is caramel, something very similar to the Mendocino malts I love and floral hops. Flavor adds bready qualities. Well balanced and almost chewy. Another European beer that questions my preconception of how a style should taste, look, etc. love it for the aromatic metonymy. Totally worth the $1.99.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange color, slightly hazy with a huge, nice and creamy head. The aroma is wonderfully hopped with loads of citrus, mostly oranges and grapefruit and some nice caramel. The flavour: YEEESSSSS!!! - light and wonderfully hoppy with a nice, slightly dry bitterness, loads of citrus (again mostly oranges and grapefruit), hints of resin and papaya and some nice caramel. The finish has a nice bitterness with hints of grapefruit. It’s incredibly refreshing and nice - a small piece of art - yummmiii!! My #2900 on RateBeer
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours glowing clear dark orange/amber with a fantastic very fluffy beige creamy head, great lacing. Smells of sweet honey, melon, spicy, and grapefruit. Very light delicate flavors. Sweet mellow honey grapefruit. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Modest but true. Palate is waxy with soft but sizzling carbonation, very delicate. This beer is ridiculously underrated.
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken.
Lovely gowing mahogny, like a table that’s just been pilished. One of the best looking beers ever. Fluffy white head.
Piney aroma, fine bitter palate, grapefruit, pepper, but it is not overwhelming. Resin finish.
I could drink a lot of this!
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crisp hazy amber coloured body with orange highlights and a nice dense tan head - this is an APA, and where is it from? Aroma of fresh piney and grapefruity hops with a dose of alcohol and a smidgen of spice. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hops up front dominate the taste with a mild malty taste and a taste of alcohol tucked in with some pale dryness and hay. Overall, a damn good APA, bordering on an IPA - this one is a definite winner. Reminds me a bit of the good old Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale, minus a bit of the hops - but this beer is definitely worth sampling if you can find it! I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida on 15-February-2009, sampled a day later at home in Washington!
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle. This beer is fairly heavy on both sweet and bitter on the aroma than one would expect from this style, with a wallup of earth, pine, and citrus hops, dark melon fruit, apricot, and some caramel. Also, quite pretty on the pour with a big creamy, milk white, large bubble head that mostly dissipates, but some nice sticky lacing evident, very cloudy and thick appearing body for an apa, and persimmon orange-red in color. Without tasting this one, I’d be hard pressed to not think i was about to drink an imperial ipa or a heavy strong ale... but an american pale ale, no way. The flavor and palate profile do come alittle bit closer to the standard, but at the same time they don’t. Do not be fooled, this is definitely a full-flavored, unique piece of brewmaking. A bunch of citrus hits right away, orange zest and grapefruit especially, along with melon, fairly spicy and herbal through the middle, with more earthy bitter notes coming through at this point as well, then caramel cookie malts build in to provide some more balance just when i feel like its about to tilt too much to the other side, and then a finish is similarly bitter to notes experienced before, but with a hint of sourness and tart berries that make for quite an interesting and enjoyable finish that lasts and keeps me thinking about just how can a pale ale have so much going on and such variety and depth in every aspect of the beer tasting process. Just a great experience with a beer of this style, and for that matter, this i just truly a great beer, if not the best apa out there, alpha king included. I’m very impressed.
flavio_b (268) - ROME, ITALY - JAN 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, this is one of the beers I’ve drunk more than one time. The 6% alcohol was not too noticeable to me. Orange, with a persistent froth, a little bit bitter, fruity with citrus and grapefruit notes. Very nice.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy orange to gold with generous white head.
Nose has plenty of orange peel and grapefruit. A very "organic" fruitiness (like actual living fruit, not artificial).
Palate has a nice juicy sweetness up front, somewhat biscuity, with creamy mouthfeel, and a hop citrus that comes in towards the end and goes well into the medium to long finish.
This is a complete beer. Only complaint is the price in U.S.
Vaiz (2920) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@beer temple. Not exactly pale, more some hazy dark orange to coppery brown ale. Thick solid creamy almost orange to beige head. Aroma is soaked with hops. Mostly floral, some resin and grapefruit. Nice bitter flavor while still very drinkable. Very decent brew.