daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright copper, light white foam. Bright sprucey/piney and flowery aroma with a touch of caramel and hops. The nose is also adorned with a slight spiciness and a light leafy note. Great malt backbone at the front which provides a solid foundation. Firm hoppy bite which is piney and resiney. Great balance, straightforward but a great example of what a pale ale can (and should) be.
TheBeerGod (5454) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a browned-over red. Pillowy tan head. Nose is grapefruit, from the hops, and some pine. The taste is hoppy, but not too strong. There are some lighter malt tones through there along with perhaps a maple hint. The finish is slightly bittered with a hint of spice. Not too bad.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is beautiful. A long lasting thick, cream head with lots of lace. Slightly hazy dark amber color. The aroma speaks of citrus notes backed up by caramel. Very sweet indeed, like candy. Flavor is well balanced with a moderately bitter hop presence on the front side, and a slightly sweet, lingering, finish. A good example of the style
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this out of his sampler pack. It poured into my glass with a dark amber color with an off brown to tan head. Aroma is nice and the finish has a hoppy bite. Nice ale, I plan on picking up a sampler pack of this, this weekend.
Reid (2022) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the beer looks very nice in my pint glass..dark orange..with a smallish but dense off white head..that shrinks to a film..but good lacing.
Nice hoppy aroma..but I can also make out faintly roasted chocolate style malts.
Very nice tasting pale..malty and hoppy and well balanced between the two..the finish is quick.
Very pleasant on the tongue smooth and creamy for a pale ale.
Very drinkablle stuff indeed
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy, mild fruity peach aroma.Amber red appearance with full head.Balanced hoppy fruity grapefruit,citrus strawberry and peach flavors.Lingering dry bitter fruity finish.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light citrus and hop aroma that pours to a clear amber hue with a small off white head. Very good lasting carbonation. Very clean and balanced taste with just the right amount of bitterness with a touch of citrus flavor. Very refreshing and pleasing to the palate with a nice dry finish. I really, really like this APA! Another great job by North Coast Brewery!
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really pleasantly surprised by this, which was one of those beers I had looked at in the store month after month but never bought. It turns out that the silky amber fluid in my glass offers a very nice balance of malts and hops--semi-sweet and citric, less grapefruit-oriented than others in the style, without the kind of bitter punch sometimes expected by the hoppier-than-thou crowd. Good carbonation keeps life without intrusion for a long time, allowing it to improve in vitality without simultaneously losing mouthfeel as it warms. It makes for a rather nice session American Pale, entirely comforting yet invigorating, with "balance" deserving another mention or two.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. An excellent APA, in that the hops aren't over the top which is what often tends to happen. A good easy-drinking ale.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An orange amber color with a nice white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor starts sweet and rich malt balanced by a light hop bitterness followed by a lingering citric aftertaste. A nice flavorfull APA.