TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light gold with smallish head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice clods of lace here and there. Aroma is mild but hoppy, giving up judicious hints of citrus and pine while a solid sugary malt backbone plays in the background. Take a sip and the citrus in the aroma plays but a minor role in the flavor, subordinated to (but not overwhelmed by) crisp, prickly hop bitterness tempered once again by a solid, slightly caramel-y malt platform. Palate is medium and tingly.
This beer embodies what I enjoy about Wisconsin breweries -- making great beers without going overboard. Itís an angle that New Glarus plays up conspicuously in the description/marketing of this beer, and itís a very good effort at a down-to-earth American pale ale, "modest Midwest" style. But Lake Louie beat íem to the "big beers with Wisconsin Simplicity" marketing angle in general, and especially with their Arena Premium with regard to this particular style. And in my estimation, Lake Louie does the "American bold, Wisconsin simple" aproach to the APA style a little better.
monkeychugg55 (950) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear golden with a frothy, medium sized, white head that settles quickly but laces nicely. The aroma is very hoppy, definitely some Amarillo in this, with lots of pine and floral qualities. There is also a nice cereal and caramel malt present. Interesting flavor. Aside from the regular American hops you would find in a pale ale, there is the distinct taste of Saaz or another pils hop. The malt is very sweet and balances this out quite well. Fairly bitter, with a very clean, hoppy finish.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle after the brewery hard hat tour. Straw colored with a creamy off-white head that leaves wide swathes of lacing. Fresh bright floral hop aromas. Potently bitter and light bodied with a nice light lingering bitterness. Packs a lot of flavor without a huge body which lends a nice refreshing character.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz bottle. Poured a copper color with minimal head. Citrus aroma with some pine present, too. Flavor is of light fruit, mainly apricot, with citrus and some bread, too. Finish is citrus and apricot.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty run of the mill APA. Good citrus notes with a somewhat subdued bitterness that kind of brings the citrus to the front in a very pleasant way.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful clear-ish golden color with a nice amount of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very pleasant with some mildly fruity hoppy qualities. Flavor matches in large part but there is a slight bitterness in the finish. Very tasty brew and something I could drink all day. Already looking forward to the next one...
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Peterís 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a thin white head. Nice earthy hops, and tropical fruit. Smooth and clean with a nice hop bitterness to it. Tasty.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
No coast? "In Wisconsin you donít have to be extreme to be real" says the label. Yeah, thatís the problem. With a plethora of great breweries across the pond in Michigan, our leading craft brewer in Wisconsin is afraid of the big, bad, hop, meaning our quality here is worlds beyond what they have there. Hop Slam, Double Crooked Tree, Imperial Hatter and Devil Dancer are all pretty damn good and hoppy. Only Ale Asylum embraces the hops and they are the best brewery in the state by leaps and bounds over the competition. Thatís okay, New Glarus, brew your fruit beers, they are very good, but Iíll look to the aforementioned Ale Asylum, Oíso, Rush River, Pearl Street and Central Waters to get my fix of the hop (or dark beer) in Wisconsin. </diatribe> Amber, thin white head, quickly gone. Aroma is of very light hops and mixed grains. Taste is of grains, mild hops, vegetation with little to no bitterness. Pick a coast. Any coast.
jtclockwork (10658) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Great for a pale. Pours cloudy yellow with white head. Nose is very fresh fruits, citrus and floral hops. Taste is citrus, mango, dry hops and light spices.
nickd717 (3629) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade.
Pours a bright clear golden-copper color with a two-finger frothy white head.
Aroma is great and hoppy - mainly citrusy - with some bready malts in the background.
Flavor is also nice and hoppy, although not quite enough so to push this into IPA territory. Grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes along with bready malt and slight graininess.
Palate is pretty much what you want for this style. Medium-bodied and somewhat clean and crisp.
Overall, this is a nicely done American Pale Ale. About up to what Iíd expect from New Glarus. Drinkable.