Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Oddefellowe. Pours clear gold with thin white head. The aroma begins with some resiny pine hops and becoming citrus with tangelo, grapefruit and pineapple. The taste is crisp and fresh with a pulse of grainy malts and then quickly moving into citrus hop flavor and bitterness and also getting resiny here and there. It ends with a return of the grainy malt goodness that adds a pleasing character and depth to the beer. Great Pale!
jrob21 (2967) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light yellowish orange color. Aroma is a little earthy, grassy, and a touch of orange and lemon citrus. Earthy flavor comes through pretty well. A bit of that rubbing alcohol sort of hop profile but not too dominant. I am really sensitive to that hop whatever it is. The rest of the drink is relatively easy and smooth with a little bit of light citrus on the finish. Pretty unassuming but a nice well rounded pale.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
punchy carb. rich hop profile, bitterness balanced well. hay, lemon grass. nice malt backing. great brew.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A nourishing blonde pale ale with assertive grapefruity/grassy hops. Very good.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff. Thanks Scott.
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by persistent small white head
In long: Nose is citrusy, grapefruity and a bit citric/lemony. Taste starts with a solid but not very flavourful malt backbone that is halfway between grainy and crackery. Sweetness is like dried light color fruits. The assertive hops have flavors that are grapefruity, lemon skin, citrus fruits and dry grass. Finish is both medium dry and medium bitter. After-taste of pineapples and banana bread. Body feels surprisingly full for a 5% brew and the beer feels a bit too nourishing for its own good. I really enjoyed the nourishing body but I found that in this case it also diminishes the drinkability of a beer that you would otherwise want to drink by the gallon. Overall this is a very good beer. Another night when I had way too much to drink. But at least if one day my life flashes before my eyes it will be fun to watch.
rubbishystuff (2069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 Very nice pale ale and well balanced. Nothing I am super crazy about but a fine example of a APA. Serving: Bottle
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale golden-straw pour. Tight white head. The nose is loaded with fresh orange peel backed by some light spicy hoppiness. Fresh and bright with an almost wheaty spiciness. The unfiltered character really comes through nicely. Fresh and tasty - it’s just a nice simple quaffable pale ale. Crisp finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear straws and golds. Little to no lace though she lingers with a white collar after the head settles into a thick bready blanket.
Nose: husky; reminds me of crackers and toast, whole grain please, crispy and crunchy. Gentle greenness in the back of hop leaves and lime skin oils. Lemon and grapefruit skins join the fray before going right back to the husked grains; of the field. Crispy crunch and greenness balance each other.
Palate: toasty up front and citrusy in the back. Green hop leaves, green grass blades, and the essence of lime, lemon, and grapefruit skins. Gentle current of sweetness underneath; honeycomb. Hay and wheat crust, whole grains husked. Lime sweetness dapples atop the tongue before finishing with a zap of zest. Honeyed wheat.
Final Thoughts: complex and simple at the same time. Malt to please the malthead and hops to please the hophead without either one dominating the other. A brew to enjoy in the fields or with some fresh bread and creamy cheeses.
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy gold with little floaties and an average size diminishing frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of citrus fruit and floral hops. Slightly watery flavour of Pale Malt, floral hops and citrus. Decent bitter finish. Average bodied. A good Pale Ale.
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice crisp citrusy IPA. I got some biscuity-ness from this beer. Overall, a nicely done IPA.
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, first of my "find nice things to say about Packer Country" beers. Sorta kidding, my schedule may not even let get to the Hinterland beers from Green Bay. This one pours a light amber color, at the pale end of the pale ale spectrum. Big rocky head. Must be a fresh bottle, cause this has a big, grassy green hop smell to it. Amarillos right up front, followed by the rest of the Pacific Northwest crew. Taste is a little light, though, considering the big buildup from the nose. Hops are there, just fine, but the mouthfeel is a little thin. But I didn’t say "stop," you’ll notice. At 5% and a goal of being sessionable, the malt is not going to be as big and sticky as the hops, so they’ll have trouble keeping up. What I end up with is something a hop-head might want just one of before driving home in this sleet-storm outside right now.