mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange and golden in color with a nice off white head. Citrusy hoppy and malty aroma. Orange and grapefuity notes. Malty caramel flavor. Caramel notes. Medium bodied. Finish is bitter and dry. Very nice beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The_Epeeist. Thanks, Chris. Hazy orange with a medium head. Head turns rocky after a while, and leaves spare lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, and caramel malts. Nice, flavorful balance. A little citrus with a huge backbone of malts. Definitely has an American flavor, but it’s falls a little below average in the assertive/hoppy category for the style. Medium body. Extra dry finish. Very good on its own merits.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5L bottle. Cloudy copper color with a frothy off-white head. Caramel aroma with a bit of bourbon and citrus. Rich malty (toffee) flavor with citrus, honey and some vanilla oakiness. Citrusy hop finish. Full and smooth palate. A little cost prohibitive over here, but a very nice take on an APA from the Norwegians.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice balance of sweet malt and hops in the aroma.Pours a hazy brown/orange with a medium white head.Had a good amount of hops for a pale ale in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a hop bite in the finish.
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A deep yellow with a big creamy white head. Nice aroma - creamy bitter with lots of flowers. Lightly malty flavour with quite a lot of bitterness. Very dry mouthfeel.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an orangeish gold with a small head. Aroma is citric hops and honey. Nice balance between the cleam malt bill and spicy, piney hops.
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:good hoppy nose,grapefruit...
Appearance:clear cooper,huge white head...
Flavor:good hoppy flavor,mixe of citrus,pine and grapefruit hops.....
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to sk8viking, sampled in June 2006: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh, green earthy piny hops and a hint of drier caramel malt. Body starts lightly sweet with good fresh bittering hoppy balance and a crisp, lightly grapefruity bitter finish. Very drinkable, especially given its high IBUs.
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I guess I’ll put in the second rating for the American import of this fine Pale Ale. This beer pours a cloudy amber orange color (much like the logo on the label) with a nice big goldenish white head. The aroma is very much filled with citrusy hops and a background of sweet malt. The flavor is unexpectedly bitter and crisp with the Centennial hops really making their presence known. The flavor was somewhat out of balance, but still hoppily delicious. Overall a very nice "American" Pale Ale from a quality brewery.
ElGaucho (2264) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This may be the first rating for this brew for a bottle sold on American soil. Excellent, complex, fruity aroma. Sweet, caramelly; smells like a candy shop. Very inviting. Beautiful, murky, dark reddish amber brew that features a large, creamy off-white head that shows no signs of diminishing. Leaves a sheet lace perfect a point I thought was only possible in an artists rendition. The contrast between the pale off-white head and the beautiful reddish amber body is striking. This was the first brew I tasted of the Nøgne Ø line at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago last night, and probably the one I enjoyed the most in a lineup that also included their Winter (God Jul), Brown, and Porter. I like this brew, but it is a little dry for my tastes and as such it doesn’t reach it’s full potential. Aesthetically, this is the perfect APA. It features a solid hop profile and a bit of a harsh malt finish. A nice mouthfeel overall, and some dough in the finish. Just needs a touch more balance to truly excel.