SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The overall result of this was somewhat flavorless. It was like the malts and hops actually canceled each other out and produced nothing. When I looked a little closer, there’s a bitter, grassy finish. Similar mouthfeel to the other Humboldts I’ve tried.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear sparkling amber body topped by a nice off-white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, mostly pine. The flavor is only medium bitter and has a prounced bready/biscuit malt kick. An interesting beer. Smells like an IPA but drinks like an APA. The body is med-light and fairly dry. A nice classic american session beer.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly cloudy, light amber, large white head, lovely hoppy aroma, quite tasty - nice and sweet with a pronounced hop finish. enjoyable.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an intriguing one because we just got their tap handle and it reads "Humboldt Pale Nectar", then below that in small print says "India Pale Ale" (as does their IPA). So I tasted the two side by side and there really is very little difference. This has a lot in common with an IPA (and I would class it as such), especially bitter and citric in the finish. The IPA is certainly more bitter and citric but only marginally so. This really was a good lesson in the roles of Chinook, Willamette (both in the IPA) and Centennial (in the pale) hops.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A middle of the road pale ale. Fruity aroma and flavors with pretty good balance between the hops and malts.
jazz88 (2664) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A medium golden color with a laced white head. Plenty of fruit in the aroma to join the malty flavor. The hops add a touch of crispness to the flavor.
TrinityRoseFae (11) - san mateo, California, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thick hoppy bitterness, amber colour. thick head that disipates quickly, a plus. a worhty beer and will drink if available, perfect for a summer day.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. Nicely crafted pale ale with good balance. Not terribly distinctive but very drinkable. Goes well with food.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pour with a medium white head that dissipated quickly. Flavor
is hoppy with good balance of malt.
Dogbrick (11332) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I was a little suprised when I prepared to open the bottle when I noticed it was a little over half full. Seeing as there was not a 1/2 bottle of spilled beer in my suitcase when we came back, I am assuming it was bottled that way. Sure enough, it was not flat or anything - just not full! Anyway, the beer pours a murky light orange color with a medium white head that did not last too long. Nicely bitter aroma. Flavor is hoppy but not real strong (at least in terms of West Coast style APAs). Decent malt balance and the finish is crisp and refreshing. I'd get this again next time I am in CA.