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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The flagship beer of this Bellingham, WA brewery is a classic West coast pale ale. Assertively fruity and hoppy.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
A skunky smell greets the nose as one pops open this fine brew. The flavor does not let you down. It has a complex, hoppy twang to it that I enjoyed very much as well as a rather rich body reminicent of some of my favorite IPAís. A good summer beer and a great brew for just hanging around by the pool with a couple of friends-jabbing about the game: Buffalo beat Miami! Youíre sick! You are sick!! I think youíll be pleased.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 10, 2002
medium body. dirty amber color. somewhat floral nose. definite hop presence - with a distinct piney note. not bad - but doesnít move me.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Well, pale ales are not my favorite so take me with a grain of salt. But still it really didnít seem to be a very impressive compared with itís peer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2002
7/23/02: Caramel with fruity overtones dominate the aroma (if you really want a dose of caramel try the Stock Ale). Dark copper color crowned by creamy lacey head...very inviting indeed. Caramel again greets the tongue, followed by round mellow hops and fruit tanginess. Goes down super smooth with all-encompassing gentle dryness to the finish that tickles the entire mouth. Excellent balance and mouthfeel--more substance than the vast majority of pales. This rates extra praise for originality executed with obvious care. Re-rate 9/01/02: The aroma is quite extraordinary for a pale...Other impressions hold as before, but this brewís uniquely caramelly flavor does not suit my palate to the proverbial íTí...However, it is so expertly balanced and full-bodied that I feel almost guilty to be critical on any level...a very unusual offering...

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2002
Not my style, but a good pale none the less. A fine taste, only made in Seattle.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MP99 (6) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2002 does not count
Loads of bouquet. Could be a little unripe, maybe a touch too sweet. Still, its aroma is something to experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2002
Everything you could ever want from an american pale and then some. The palate is what put me over the edge, wonderfully creamy. Per the description, fruity and hoppy. Not to be missed.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2002
The aroma discharges loads of real caramel, (not caramel malt) perfume, toast malt, and citric hop rind. The dense and creamy head that floats atop is going nowhere fast. The mouthfeel is semifull with a delicate creaminess, and the best over-the-top balance, in both departments, I have seen in a Pale ale. This raisies the bar to what pale ales can potentailly become, which is at the heighth of greatness. Honeyish hints, caramel flavors, and a rush of sweetness with bitter hops gives this beer the perfect finish. This caramel thing, which is delicious and dominant in their Stock ale, is pure bliss. Contact me if you find a more complex and balanced Pale ale. This is the total package. It was nice to revisit my long lost love. I donít want to even think what this could do in a cask.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2002
Sweet perfumey nose in a fill figured porn star head, gorgeous amber (sue me for using a pilsener glass for getting more appearance info) and tiny particulate cloudiness. Thatís truly an amazing aroma! Beautiful body with some fruit and sweetness, ample sharpness in effervescence and acid and enough bitterness to coast for a short while. Curious from the nose to the feel, taste and aftertaste (which leaves a little room for addition). This is a VERY COOL beer and something Iíd like the recipe for. Go Christian Krogstad!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2002
Very nice example of the style. Very well balanced and very drinkable. You can tell they take care in making their beer. Highly refined taste.


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