DarkElf (2988) - 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
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap@Moylans brewpub. Pretty decent stuff. Typical lychee and grapefruit, but never over the top with this beer, good session APA.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
So funny that everyone that had this in a bottle, went through the same thing I did pouring this stuff. GIGANTIC head and when the top popped, it had a loud PFFFFTTTT sound. (at least thats what it sounded like). Go ahead, say it. LOL. Anyway, rocky head and nice floral aroma. When you finally battle through the head, the taste is both hoppy and sweet. Very drinkble and very good.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
What happened to this beer? When I poured this beer the head exploded a good 6 or 7 inches in the glass! Along with the mystery junk floating on the top, it was hard to finish this beer. to paraphrase the old saying "tryer beware"
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I must comment on this brew. I will start by saying I am a huge fan of Moylans imperial stout. However upon pouring this nightmare it exploded with a dirty head 15 feet high! Ok just kidding. But not by much. The aroma was old citrus, tart and medicine like. Maybe even a little old basement smelling. Dirty grey floaties all over. I hesitated even trying this but I hoped it tasted better than it looked. To my saddness. It was like drinking a combo of liquid gym socks sweat, with a highly acidic tang. perhaps I had a bad bottle. I may try another bottle to see if my impression changes. Maybe. UPDATE: I recently picked up another bottle and reached the same conclusion. This maybe a dud.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foamer. Incredible head - like an ice cream float. Nice hoppy nose - flowers abound. Huge floral hop flavor has a nice sweet malt balance. Zesty mouthfeel of a highly carbonated beverage. Orange in appearance with a lot of yeasty floaties. Get past the head - you'll like this.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cidery aroma, cloudy orange and ridiculously overcarbonated, sticky spritzy, orangey hops with good bitterness
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at brewpub. Medium orange amber, little head. Bitter hop aroma, fairly aggressive. Herbaceous hops with a balancing sweetness in the mouth. Almost a sauvignon blanc cat piss note. Good stuff.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn if I can pour this without having half a glass of foam. Granted, the bottle wasn't very cold so I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes, but it's warmed up a bit and even with a fresh glass I had to be *really* careful as to actually get some *beer* in the glass.
Appearance lost a bit due to the huge head. I mean, it's gorgeous and looks almost like plastic, but does it have to be so foamy? The stuff doesn't die down, either. Cool foam-chunks of lace on the glass as well. It's cool to look at and play with, but it really does distract from the beer.
Smells very hoppy. There's also some strong pine scent going on.
Tastes good and very complex. Hops are huge, and the pine flavor is there as well. I'm sensing some grass-clipings taste. Definately cascade hops from the grapefruit aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is *very* full, but almost too foamy. Drinkability suffers a bit from that as well.
Bottom line: This is a really good pale ale. The foam is a nice novelty but it distracts from the beer and keeps me from giving it more points in several areas. I do recommend trying it, though.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color,medium sized head that lasted for a decent time then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was mildly sweet with a decent hop,grapefruit presence mild pine like accent and a mild malt presence.The flavor was not as great as i was expecting,fruity and hoppy with a decent sweet side to it and mild bitterness at the end.Not a bad brew but i think they could have done a little better job.Well worth trying but little else.