YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber under a small white head. Slight citrus nose mixed with some pine and malt and some yeast notes. Medium bodied. Taste was subtle. Grapefruit tart. Nothing extraordinary but decent.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very soft and clean, with some mild alpha acids in the nose. Mild vegetative note on the palate. Pine and citrus oils with soft malt. Vegetative finish with some metallic notes.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clouded amber with millions of particles suspended in it. TALL foamy tanned head. Aroma is piney and has notes of being in the deep forest. Very plantlike and hoppy. Light creamy malts. Taste is also very piney and earthy with light sweet maltiness. Tasy beer, nonetheless. Body is medium and very carbonated. Finish is more pine, malt sweetness, some herbal notes, and light fruit notes (citrus).
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with small head. Aroma is hoppy mostly emphasizing pine. Hops are balanced well with malt in flavor. A bit of an earthy taste. Decent body. Nice easy drinking pale.
omhper (18745) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pale amber, small head. Light grapefruit aroma. Sweet and piney with syrupy mouthfeel. Resiny finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I opened this bottle and the crazy thing foamed up all over the place. This pale ale had a very hoppy strong taste to it, lots of malt, and a good bitterness at the end. This brew pours a hazy darker orange with a tall off-white head. Very thick and smooth brew that has a good hop balance.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a rather large foamy light manila head. The aroma is strong, fruit (tropical fruit and citrus), seaweed, and light malt. The favor is a nice medium fruit hop, sweet malt and bitter hops. Nothing overwhelming, very much a session beer and one of the better brews from this brewery (which is not my favorite btw.)
motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap in novato. subdued but decent apa. amber, pine and grapefruit aroma, hint of golden syrup, medium bitterness, perfectly drinkable and quite approachable
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber color with a huge white head - some yeast floaties in the glass. Aroma of oranges and mango with a sweetness to it-fantastic aroma. Body is a little thin, but very easy to drink. Flavor of grapefruit, but not the bitterness you’d expect. Very fruity and balanced. Just wish there was a little more body to it. Some sweetness at the end.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 (22-ounce bottle, purchased directly at the brewery) Holy cow, talk about a strong grapefruit and sweet orange citrus nose! I could keep sniffing this all day! A previous tasting did not have a pleasant nose, and certainly not this awesome, so buy it fresh from the brewery and drink soon after; Excellent west coast pale ale, moderately malty, fairly sweet with strong, distinct orange citrus overtones, and very floral in nature; Strong red grapefruit flavor is bitter and hoppy from start to finish; Medium bodied, but with a good, solid mouthfeel; Dark golden color; Smallish off-white head has very good retention with lacing like randomly shaped objects sticking to the glass; I had NONE of the nightmarish head problems others are complaining about; One hell of a good beer, and I'm not a big APA fan