urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As this was preceded by an infected beer, my impression of this might be colored. Very light but beautifully fruity and well hopped given its lightness. Works really well inside its slim frame. Superb for summer drinking, but perhaps even then I’d go for their Red Nectar. Rather classy overall.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light honey colored pour. Thick white head. Malty, floral nose. Nice balance with it leaning toward the malt near the front. Slight hop bitterness near the end.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremly large head that piles up to resmeble whipped cream. Took me about five minutes to get all twelve ounces in the glass. Hazy orangish, slightly reddish body. Bit of honey and cinnamon in the nose as well as some flowery hop smell. Wow, this is different, for a pale. I suppose (and thus added it under the style) Humboldt was going for an english pale ale style. It actually tastes a lot like a german hef. Has banana and clove flavors to it. Sweet and smooth, almost a creamy texture in the mouth. I guess if I rated this against true english style pale ales it would score low. However, I rated it for what it was: a realy nice beer. (Got a lower score for the apperance only because the head was SO big initially.)
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber, the head is beige, creamy and long lasting, the sheets in huge sheets to cover the glass. Nose is ’Hop Floral’, malt tones, sweet, and quite pleasant. Front is lightly sweet, top is light, the finish is quite acidic, nicely hopped and a real ’Session’ beer if I have ever tasted one. Ranks #336 on my current 1000 beer list. Thanks once again Herbjones
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original, 1/02/02: Exceptional in every way. PhillyBeer2112 mentions the somewhat buttery flavor and mouthfeel, and man is he right. The hops are perfect, in aroma and in taste, for the style. Head retention perfect, color, body -- everything. Bitter finish, but not too bitter. I am deeply saddened to state, clearly and for the record, that Bell’s Pale and Great Lakes Burning River are a slight step behind. Rerate on 2/15/02: Some slight consistency problems have had me drop it a bit, now the equal in my master APA list to the 2 above and Smuttynose Shoals. Super beer!
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A high quality APA. Extremely attractive floral hops, just enough sweetness to balance nicely. The trouble that APAs have being distinct is that if they push any of the ingredients too much they get out of the style department, so to make a name for itself, an APA needs to make it with balance, and this beer is spot on in that department. First rate APA.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit. Taste is mild sweet, pine of medium bitterness. Dry, medium body.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma, medium hop character, a really nice drinking beer.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 16, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium golden and excellent foam retention. There’s a great bit of floral perfume in the mildly hoppy nose. Amazingly tasty and well-balanced light medium body with good hopping and not much sweetness. Gains bitterness as it warms. Humboldt ROCKS.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This might have tasted hoppier, but
I preceded it with a HopDevil!
Still it had a nice hop flavor
and aroma - a bit floral. The real story
here, though, is its Englishy fruitiness
and slight butteriness and buttery mouthfeel.
Smooth, slightly sweet, and very drinkable.
A nice beer. Golden yellow with a good head.