gmanbeer (43) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery, Pours a deep copper with a thin white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy, sprucy hops. Taste of honey from the malt balanced perfecty by a follow up flavor of citrus/spruce hop taste. Great lacing, creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation, perfect amount for this beer. Great restraint shown with the hops keeping it a true Pale Ale and not an IPA. Possibly my new favorite beer.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very drinkable was my first impression of this beer. It poured a hazy clover honey with a smallish off white head. Aroma of browning butter, pears, and slight rosemary. Taste of mildly sweet butterscotch with lime zest. This is so nicely balanced between the sweet and bitter with so much flavor that it is enjoyable and memorable to drink. Wow, another winner from Moylans.
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.
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.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep copper in appearance with a nice frothy white head. Has a pleasant floral and citrusy aroma. Nicely hopped with a clean finish on the palate.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is highly carbonated and forms a four finger thick tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear amber colored beer that has copper highlights. As the head settles it forms an intricate lace pattern and dense rocky outcrops of foam. The aroma is quite nice, it is a mix of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange and maybe even some peach like hints) mix with some subtle herbal notes and a hint of pine. The aroma is quite nice and I would almost describe it as perfume-like.
The beer is light and sweet up front, which accentuates the citrus characteristics of the hops. As you move towards the end the beer picks up a slight astringent herbal note, which, in combination with the bitterness helps to hold the upfront sweet fruit notes in check. With this beer being so highly carbonated I was a little afraid of it being infected, but luckily I see no sign of this what-so-ever. I really like the balance that this beer has; it is sweet and fruity up front (from malt and hop notes), and actually has a dry bitter finish that just begs for you to take another sip.
The grapefruit is definitely the most prominent note in this beer and it couples really well with the light, easy quaffing character that makes this beer so enjoyable. This is definitely one of those beers I would not mind quaffing for an evening or even an afternoon. While this beer may not have the biggest or boldest flavors out there it is really well integrated and incredibly well integrated. This is my favorite brew from this brewery so far.
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rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow a very unique brew. When i saw Pale ale I was expecting a brew that had a very little kick or uniqueness but that one was quite the contrary. It packed a good punch and poured dark amber brown with lots of carbonation. Had a very hoppy taste similar to an IPA. Worth a try.. Oh and its extremely carbonated as it took 30 mins and lots of sips to get it to pour the 22oz.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber bottle, no freshness date, a blurb and list of awards along the right side of the label, sampled in an imperial pint glass.
L: Brilliant looking golden amber with a pale beige head of fluffed cream that slowly sank into a sudsy brim. A fair amount of ringed sticking follows the body the glass as I consumed it, making this one of the more attractive APAís Iíve had in a long while.
S: Bright, fresh smelling hop aromas with a near perfect backing of sweet pale malts. Tropical fruits, nectarines, pine needles and mint leafs that are lightly framed by buttery toast and nutty grains, this has a solidly flavorful West Coast APA nose.
F&T: Softly firm from the carbonation, this APA has a great light and airy feel in the mouth, the right amount of creamy crispness in the finish. The West Coast hops come delectably to the fore in the taste, oily and resiny on the tongue. Hop flavors of grapefruit and oranges, woody, herbal bark, minty evergreen, finishing on a sweet and spicy pineapple note. The properly balanced pale malt backing to the hop tastes, buttery toasted bread with plenty of nutty grains. The balance of tastes in this APA becomes more pronounced as it warms, everything is in itís rightful place.
I wish I had tried this sooner, I have to admit I have passed over this more than a few times when Iíve seen this on various liquor store shelves, because Tipperary Pale Ale is now my favorite hoppy beer from Moylanís. One of the better California APAís Iíve had the pleasure to have tried. I would definitely recommend this to any hophead out there.
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Under rated. Pours a slightly murky golen with tight lacing. Great hop bite to the taste and seems like it would be a great summer thirst quencher. Aroma is a good mixture of citrus and pine.
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.