beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 Medium gold color, medium head, spicy nose. Medium bodied pale ale. Malts are sweet, yet balanced with nice a hop spiciness. Flavor is full, the balance between malts and hops gives this beer a nice taste. There is a soft buttery undertone to the beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is very smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Tipparary Pale Ale (Cask) (Dry hopped with Ivanhoe Hops)
Tasted at the 7th Annual Triple Rock Firkin Fest on 4/24/2010. This pale ale pours a medium orange gold color from the Firkin. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is herbal hops, malty and fruity. A medium bodied Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and grassy. Nice balance. Soft carbonation. The Ivanhoe hop seems to be very herbal and grassy, works well with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and soft. The aroma is clean and smooth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Your basic American Pale Ale, with a good dose of bright, sparkling hops and a crisp flavor. No SNPA fan would be disappointed.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in color, the head is frothy and long lasting, beige in color, the lace is quite generous. Nose is citrus, hop floral, light hints of malt and yes even some íYeastiesí comming through. Slight sweetness at the start, the top is light, the finish has a big hop bite, also dry and acidic, but not overly so. Not the best íPaleí I have, but as with most of their beers, quite decent and drinkable.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
How could a beer like this get boring? Big, aromatic with hops and clean perfect malt. By comparision to other gigantic west double IPAs (thatís my guess at what this calls itself) this is delicious but is not as bright as other examples. And Iím finding the style is getting a bit unexpectedly crowded for the amount of imagination in the NorCal brewing community.