EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 I get this on tap, had the bottles a few times. Really a powerful punch of hops, nice bitterness to match the malt. 2 pints of this and I get my hops fix for the evening. I get a lot of Cascades citrus on the nose but there is a nice resin aroma as well. The wheat is apparent in the head, slightly in the taste. This is a very nice APA.
Lost Rhino version.
Had this on tap a number of places and I am disappointed in this beer compared to the original made by Old Dominion. The hop character is different and less intense in Lost Rhino’s beer. If I wasn’t a regular NRPA consumer before, I’d probably like this one more. As it is, it is a poor representation of the old beer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, citrus aroma, orange, with a slight head. Hoppy, orange flavours, very bitter! Almost seems an IPA.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-copper. Slight haze. Off-white head. Fresh, hoppy, citrus aroma w/ malt in background. Medium, resiny feel. Fresh, floral, citrusy, hop flavour. Good malt.
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at the Bon Vivant Beer Lovers Club on 6-27-03. Pleasantly hopped aroma on this amber beauty. Floral and slightly coniferous tang in the mouth. Splash a little sweetness to its piny and oily body and you have a nice American pale ale. Surprised it was this good!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a big foamy white head that left circular lace as it slowly subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and cirtrus is present. A flavor of malt, hops, and caramel with a touch of astrigent hop bitterness in the finish.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Ooooh yeah, I’ve got me a new summer beer. Amber-copper, decent head. Nose is quite hoppy, sharp and citric, some noticeable sweetness. Is quite hoppy, lots of grapefruit, good bitterness. Has just a lovely amount of malts to back up the hops, quite sweet, a bit toasty, slighty nutty. Just a beautiful balance. Palate is perfect, a bit lighter than most pale ales but has a glorious, creamy stickiness to it. The combination of the citric hops, sweet malts, and lovely palate make this just wonderfully quaffable, will be very appreciated on a hot day as it has both complexity and drinkability. Excellent stuff. Could not be any better.
jgb9348 (4981) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Bottle #2:
Bright clear orange/light amber colour with a dense off-white head. Strong citrus hops in the aroma. Medium to light-bodied; Strong hoppiness in the taste, but an excellent malt to back it up. Overall, a nice refreshing APA! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario. I brought this up for the guys from up North to try! Rating for this sample: 9,4,8,4,16.
Good colour, somewhat light golden, but for a APA, this is just fine. Good smell, pretty well dry hopped most likely. Good flavour with pleasant but not an overwhelming hop presence. A very light beer which isn't overwhelmed with tremendous amounts of malt and hop. This is one to drink time and time again. There is a reason the Old Dominion state (Virginia) is a great place to drink beer: The Old Dominion Brewing Company! Rating for this sample: 8,3,8,3,14.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice rich nose of spruce and brown sugar, molasses and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear copper amber with golden highlights. The fully lasting large head is off-white and creamy with good lacing. The flavor is bold and spicy with moderate acidity. A good level of complexity and balance for this stlye leads to a finish of fair length. The medium creamy and soft palate is superb with an sharp astringency to the finish. Nice.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 New: 3 Months after bottling this is so goddamned lively--the malt is lively and the hops are doing dances. This may be even better than Red Seal. Tremendous flavor. Old (at the brewery)(4.1):A study in fresh hops: huge fresh Cascade nose exhibiting that hop's floral qualities wonderfully. Th light malt fights to retain its position in this hoppy, but not overly-hopped, pale ale.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled XMas eve 2002. Deep golden/amber color with a cream colored head. Pine trees, toffee and slightly sour milk aroma. Sour aroma dissipates as it warms. Quite smooth across the palate. Grapefruit sourness along with a balancing malt sweetness (maybe a bit late in the quaff), but it does take back the flavors. Linger of hops and malt near perfect. Now this is what I would call a true APA. Not an IPA as may american brewers want to call their over hopped ales. Call it like it is.