unclemattie (4167) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
27 oct 07, on tap @ Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clear, deep amber color. White foamy head. Sweet aroma, hop florals, a little citrus, and hints of roses. Fizzy character. Huge hop florals for a Pale Ale...Its more of a WestCoast Style than an English PubStyle Pale Ale. Bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub in wonderful Old San Juan. The aroma was not its strongpoint, a mix of hop-scents, some wheat and yeast, and a bit of grain. A slight malt character, but not easily detected. The appearance was traditional, a gold-copper color with a decent, bubbly white head. The flavor was good, mostly bitter and sour; not a sweet beer. Might have been better if not for being slightly watered down. It had a good fizzyness on the palate, with a full mouthfeel, and slightly drying effect.
OldGrowth (2651) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at brewpub. Ok aroma, lite citrus, little sourdough. Clean copper color. Good head and lace. Bitter flavor, just like aroma.Yeast gives it a lagerish taste. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Eh.
GarrettB (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 I’m racking my mind to remember, trying to squeeze any threads of memory about this beer that I had about one year ago. And the only thing I can supplement this old stack of notes with is a very clear feeling of excitement. Pale ales were still entirely new to me, having had no exposure from my sober family members to anything but the occasional O’Douls or Coors for the Thanksgiving family gathering. From what I had read it sounded like a very exciting style(s) of beer, worlds apart from the boring ambers and pale lagers that soaked through my distant family’s preferences. When I first had a pale ale, a REAL pale ale experience, it was there at the Old Harbor Brewery. My innocently simple notes mention a red-orange-brown industrial rust type color, and a springy smell of hops. The scribbles explain the pale ale was like a “droll rollercoaster” of flavor, beginning with sweet, a period of non-chalant boredom, and then a steep slide into hops, finally gliding into the expected characteristic hops after taste. In other words, so-so. But what I saw in that humble beer was a vast field on a gray dawn – a hundred acres of potential. My nascent hobby suddenly soared with the realization that beer was a many, many sided jewel. There wasn’t one plenipotentiary on the shelves, but a thousand fiefdoms vying for eager taste buds. So while the Old Harbor Pale Ale was mediocre, the emotional and sentimental impact was priceless. It was a Renaissance in beer – a day I still savor when I drink my beers today nearly one year later.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazed copper color with a medium off-white head. Orange and piney aoma. Flavor of caramel and sweet malt. Light fruitness. Piney bitter finish. Candy and orange notes in the finish as well. Medium bodied.
calfaro (21) - Trujillo Alto, PUERTO RICO - JUL 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great refreshing flavor with citrus notes without being overly fruity. Could drink all day.