GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with off white head. Aroma is citrus and malt. Taste is lemon, a little fruity, malty. Crisp finish.
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent.
And the point of this beer is...what? This is about as simple, one-dimensional, and ordinary as a pale ale gets. There is absolutely nothing new, interesting, or different in this thing. Zero imagination or thought went into this...it is the definition of cookie-cutter. "Passion fruit, mango, and peach"??? Nope. Sorry, wrong beer, guys...this is just the same old resin-and-grapefruit thing that every single American brewer, including New Belgium, has already made before. Iím sorry to be so negative, I seriously donít like being like this, I want to have something positive and encouraging to say, I really really do...but beers like this irritate me because they show zero love for brewing. This is a "fulfilling a contract" sort of beer. I at least expected this brewer to add lingonberries or chia seed or something goofy, but nope. It is banality in liquid form. Arrgghh.
GJF (1236) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent APA. Caramel flavor with some citrus hops to it--lemon and orange and a bit of pine. Medium bitter finish. Itís certainly pleasant enough, just nothing special.
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma. Amber in color. Clear and bubbly. Small thick head thatís tan. Taste quite bitter and reminds me of a IPA not a pale ale. An enjoyable beer for a hop head.
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mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Lightly hoppy, grassy nose. Fairly dry in itís hop character. A little spice as well. Fairly easy to sip. Not really very interesting though.
Camons (5660) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Danís place, Denver. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, citrussly hops. Taste is rather weak with malt, and citrusly hops, grapefruit. Thin body, average carbonation. 220212
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp copper coloured body with a thin tan head and a few hundred very small bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of light crisp hops, some honey, a good dose of malt, fresh pineapple and a touch of passionfruit. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hops up front with a pineapple and grapefruity type flavour, some light malt and a good clean finish. Aftertaste shows a pleasant blend of malt, caramel and the great fresh flavour of the hops really shines through. Overall, a very nice pale with a perfect balance of malt and hops with a slightly tropical almost fruity flavour - great for the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Giant Food in Falls Church (Baileyís Crossroads), Virginia on 08-February-2012 for US$9.99/6pack sampled at home in Washington on 23-February-2012.
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Light hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper pour - moderate, soapy lace - moderately earthy aroma, with a fair amount of zesty, spicy notes and quite a bit of tropical character (mango, papaya) - so far so good - spicy up front, followed by mild tropical notes and a rather innocuous, semi-sweet malt character - fairly characterless aside from the hops, which are tasty, but fairly one-dimensional - the Nelson hops donít present nearly as much as I was hoping - itís okay - another "letís please the masses" brew from New Belgium.
DANEgerous (90) - Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma, right off the bat almost smells like a fruit soda with bright sweet citrus.
Appearance rather dark for a pale ale undertone of red which come out in the light that shines through the brew to the point I almost though per of my glass had a red tint..
Taste a hit of bitter hops then a hit of sweet ripe fruit that work one another out into a balanced finish.
Palate, nice body but over all just fairly average.
Overall, a nice addition to the typically sweet spring brews, it has sweet not but over all far more heavy than you average "spring seasonal"