dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber, with a loose white head. Very malty aroma for a pale ale. Some hop notes in the aroma. Medium body and malty.
GJF (1507) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice pale. Pours a dark gold, creamy white head that lingers. Fresh hop, grassy aroma. Rich, creamy body, good malt backbone and a good dose of floral hop and pine flavors. Good summer ale.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the brewery and several bottles later...this one pours a clear very light golden with white head. a really nice hoppy aroma with tropical fruits, grapefruit, and piney goodness. flavors achieve that great hoppy balance and simple clean malt profile, very drinkable with good citrus, grapefruit, and melon hop notes. at times I wish it was a little smaller, like 4 or 4.5 which would probably cut down the sweet finish that comes out sometimes with this. this is a really nice beer and proves that a brewery doesn’t have to do anything too shocking to make a great beer seemingly like they’ve been brewing it all along. Well done, New Glarus.
nimbleprop (7345) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a crystal clear yellow with one ring of white head. Nose has lemons, must, pollen, a little resinous too. Flavor is sweet, honey, resinous hops, lemon zest, herbs. Finish is medium bodied and lightly bitter. Great marriage of hops and lager techniques. Easy to drink.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, pours a hazy pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is sweetly citrusy and grassy hops. Taste is a bit more watery than I expected, but a sound flavor like it smells. Very light, very drinkable. Good beer.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured golden but not as deep in amber as other APA’s I’ve had with a nose of light grapefruit,floral,and spruce in the hop profile and a pale malted grain taste reminds me of a lighter version of alpha king or dales ale but I do like it I think it would make a great session beer, clean crisp and refreshing, not at all extrem true to the brewers colors for his seasonal line-ups
drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a dark amber color as expected with short lived head and a residual lacing. The malt was VERY biscuity with almost a roast thing going on. The hops were resinous as I would expect from an APA. Nothing real special. Just a well made session brew.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep bronze amber with a pillowy spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh grapefruity hoppy nose with some soft pale malty undertones. Starts with good fullness for the style and a mild light malty sweetness with a touch of toasty crystal malt well-balanced with a juicy resiny citrus hop flavor before a clean and refreshing finish. An enjoyable and refreshing session pale ale that goes great with the summer.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A light hazy gold color with a smallish white head. A mild floral citrus aroma. Taste is mild citrus and is very crisp. A nice session beer.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of this when I had the chance. Now that I have run out I find myself wishing for a beer like this on a humid summer afternoon. This is perfect is almost every way and probably one of the best pale ales that I have ever tried. Once again the Careys have hit it out of the park. Beg or borrow some of this if you are not within driving distance of Wisconsin. Otherwise hop in your car for a road trip.
Aroma / Appearance - Transparent and carbonated the amber body glows with a heavenly tint. Pillowy thick white tiers of foam bob like icing before settling down after a few minutes. Lemongrass, grapefruit, and pears along with the laid back hops give this presence but not so much it fatigues the senses after you finish the bottle.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonated with a mixture of lemons, pears, grapefruit, and shavings from recently dropped pine cones create a smooth and creamy texture across the tongue. Bubbly and sweet like a lemon sorbet the mouthfeel is consistent throughout the entire pour. The bitter finish is like chewing on a pine cone without the gritty aftertaste. Despite my higher expectations this one still blew me away.