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) - Sisters, 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 (3281) - 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.
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 (2652) - 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 (1455) - Denver, Colorado, 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.