Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still a good one, though Iím not as in love with it as I used to be. The idea behind it was the combine elements of SNPA and Mirror Pond, and I think that this concept has been executed quite nicely. The standout from this brewery.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color, small head. Medium malts, medium hops. Full flavor, smooth taste. Good balance. Nice round mouthfeel. A very nice beer. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piquant aroma of (cascade?) hops in this orange amber brew. In fact, the aroma is so hoppy as to seem to indicate a sturdy IPA. Lovely hop flavor, and a fruity citric hoppiness redolent of some yet unnamed rememberance of my youth. A top 10 APA for sure, and not impossibly a top 5. This is some seriously good stuff--must have some more so I can pinpoint the taste. A god damn beautiful beer!
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber iwth off white head.Medium malt flavor with medium hop bitterness. Good body. Rich with good mouthfeel
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Down-to-earth flavor, malty & clean. Kept my tastebuds busy... and happy.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A cloudy brown beer, w/ very nice balance. It finishes very smoothly. Very tasty.
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Nice creamy head...'apple-like' hop aroma, Hoppy but completely balanced by the malts, could use a more hoppy finish but besides that its pretty good, nice creaminess also
joet (2538) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. I love this style, and I love this beer. Hoppy, yes, but one of the most well-balanced beers (soft, rich, complex, malty, very slightly sweet) that I have ever had. If the aroma had more malt depth, it would move up even more. Not like SNPA; bigger bodied, nice sweet malt at the close. This is a serious keeper. This exemplifies why I always get two -- just in case the beer is an absolute winner. Glad I have one more.