unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured amber and crystal clear. Huge head. Aroma is of stale hops. Flavor is mainly hops with some mild spice. Body is very big..almost too big for the style.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, piney,floral, tea leaves. Nice orange color. Clean, I poured last of bottle in another glass and got some sediment, with big head. Setttled down and left with thin even head. Sweet malt with a spicy hops. A little syrupy, bitter bite on end. Very nice for a APA
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This old gold beer has a thick fizzy head with nice lacing. The nose is pungent with clovey and vegetal hops. There are hints of honeydew melon and sweet malted barley. The palate is vegetal and rich with more sweet malt and touches of toasted grain. The finish is lightly astringent and hoppy.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not what I expected of an APA, however I was not dissapointed either. Amber colored with an orange hue and clouded slightly by millions of miniscule particals floating around. Aroma is a big piney hoppy one that appeared to me more like an IPA. If I were rating to style this might be off but I think it's a great ale despite that. Anyway, the bitterness is right on and it also has a sharpness in the mouthfeel. Flavor like I said is bitter and hoppy but really nice in between. Slight dryness in the finish. Overall a quality ale in my opinion from one of Californias finest brewers.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a nice creamy head. Cloudy. Hoppy. A nice beer. Very well balanced.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber body with big, rock, beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet and grapefruit/pine hoppy. Taste doesn’t appear fresh – it’s dulled pine, mildly sweet, hint of grapefruit. Medium body. Good hop burp.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very explosive beer...massive off-white head fills the glass...beer color is a murky orangeish brown...not particularly attractive...there were plenty of little sea monkeys floating around... huge chunks of head stuck to the sides of the empty glass. The aroma was sharply bitter...too bitter...floral and slightly citrusy. The flavor was less bitter but contained plenty of hop character...spiciness (can't tell what,) herbs. The feel of this thing was just too heavy...something not expected in an APA...very gassy...lots of bubbles. This beer was just all over the place. Not really a great drinking experience for me.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HUGE white head. Sturdy, too. And little flecks of yeast in it as well. A little patience while pouring and I was able to get a head that towered a full 2 inches over the rim of the glass. The beer itself is a nice yellow to gold. It doesn't taste as good as it looks, but thats unsderstandable. Still, a nice smoky butterscotch flavor support an assertive hop profile.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A orange/amber color, with a large creamy head that slowly diminished. Nice bitter flavors, with a hint of something...maybe sage?...lurking in there. I liked it.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, citrus, light carbonation, light yeasty aroma. Golden/amber color, large off-white head, good lace. Light sweet start, medium body, very hoppy, licorice or some other spice. Can’t define it. Bitter finish.