glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toasted malts Spicy floral hops with a soft bitterness. A little butter comes through in the finish.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured pale orange gold with thin fast dissipating white head. Thin brief whiff of hop and citrus. Stripy malt and hoppy flavour with a hop finish. Drinkable and not too expensive.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lighter malt aroma, plenty of hops, a balance between fresh and dried. Dense white head. Spot on with the toasted cracker base. Persistent hops, floral and in check. Tasty spring beer similar to the other bottled Ninkasi’s, there’s must be a common thread with their malt bill.
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Tale of Two Bottles - first was Eh, at best. Second was stellar. Nice toasted cracker malt backbone. Big wet, fresh hops on the nose. Sharp and powerful hop presence with a pronounced tart grapefruit citrus. Some deep grassy notes with a huge floral hop presence and notes of pine. Crisp, light dry finish. Very nice pale that doesnt shy away from the great Northwest hop tradition.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with thick white head. Sort of off-smelling toasted malt aroma with some floral notes. Grapefruit taste with more malt plus a soapy bitter finish, but still fairly smooth. Aftertaste is a little bit chalky, mouthfeel not too bad.
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 ounce bottle. Slightly hazed amber with one finger of off white head. (gentle pour) Good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is citrus grapefruit orange hops and strong support from the sweet malts. Tasted like a nice West Coast Pale Ale to my palate. Easy drinker, very smooth. Medium dry finish. Very fine spring beer. I believe this beer was quite fresh and it is the first time I have seen it on the shelves in the Portland area.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Horse Brass. Hazy deep orange color, thin soapy white head. Real murky aroma - muddy malt base accented by hops. The tap list stated this had Simcoe in it, which was odd for a pale. Taste is relatively mild overall, slight hop influence but murky due to the Simcoe and the lighter malt base.
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle... Poured a hazy amber with a big whit head. Hops and big malts on the nose. A mild bitterness from the hops with some citrus-like and was quickly balanced by the roasted/toasted malt and caramel notes. Very refreshing and a good session ale. Straight forward but well made.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
not a ton of hop aroma...but citrusy hop flavor and and balanced...decent
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Henry’s. Orange with a thin white head. Sharp citrus, very crisp hop nose. Big grapefruit character, slightly pithy and lots of bitterness. Fruity and overhopped pale, unbalanced, but still refreshing.