GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Battery-acid yellow brown color. No head. Candy-apple cotton candy scent. Watery, light body. Bitter initial taste on tongue and back of throat but gives way to smooth and pleasing remainder, esp in the nostrils. Solid.
quantumtigger (6) - USA - JAN 21, 2008 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A splashy pour (my bad) from a can into a 0.4L New Belgium glass (a mix of a trappist and snifter glass). This produced a good inch and a half of puffy barely off white head made up of large 4 millimeter bubbles and micro-foam. After five minutes the head settled down to just under a quarter inch of bigger bubbles laced on top with sticky looking foam. The foam also laced the side of the glass as it receded with a similar sticky look. The color is a beautiful amber bronze almost spherical in emotion. Note that once the beer was almost all emptied from the glass the color became more flat and hazy; but still very appetizing. I also noticed that while the glass is almost empty swirling the contents pushes up uniform bubbles in clumps and they fall quickly back down the side of the glass.
The aroma first hits me as a rusty hop fragrance. The feeling of the aroma is very linear. With more sniffs it becomes light and sweet. Sticking my nose deeper into the glass gives the feeling of almost snuggling face first into a favorite afghan.
The palate hits me as a touch sharp. You can almost feel individual bubbles. Not anything like the expanding and popping bubbles of seltzer, but there nonetheless. Basically thin liquid feeling held up by the structure of smaller strong bubbles.
The flavor (once thought over) is a cacophony of interesting tugs in different directions. In the draw stage of the drink the flavor starts off smooth and muted. Once it hits the back top of the mouth the bitterness of the hop comes through strong. Once it starts itís way past the mouth into the throat a bit of the smoothness comes back. Once it has disappeared to the gullet a bitter unfriendly aftertaste literally hangs off the back top of my throat. Itís as if the giggling/trouble making ghost of the flavor has stripped itís costume and hangs on to my punching bag and swings around. Exhaling through the nose brings back that heady afghan scent. Almost a smoky mellow rust.
Overall I quite enjoy this beer; considering what it is. It is a great cheaper hoppy beer in a can. This, in my opinion, makes it a fantastic hot tub beer. No glass in the tub; but still some damn good beer. It is a good beer to have around for both friends who arenít into beer and those that are. The can gives a touch of that drunken-parking-lot-wrestling-before-the-game while the contents crack the ice for great beer conversation.
yespr (35030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz can. Pours orange with a frothy tan head. Aroma is dough and fruity hops. Flavour is sweet caramel, mild liqourice like note and fruity hops. Lingering finish with a solid bitterness. Lovely, smooth and straight forward American Pale Ale.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The balance of this brew is its best quality. A fresh tasting northwestern hop profile is perfectly married with a rich caramel malt backbone in a highly drinkable, smooth PA that few can rival. There is not much that can be said about this beer, but it is certainly quality and a great session beer, not too mention a good intro to micros for your less educated buddies.
georgehog (18) - Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on draft at the OB brewpub. This beer is great in the can, but that much better fresh on draft. Big citrusy, west coast hop aroma embodied in a golden orange brew topped with whipped white head. Perfect hop balance with malt backbone to boot. Clean finish with lingering hop perfection. Relatively high alcohol content for a Pale Ale is well masked by malt and hops. One of the best pales in the country.
Tanker12 (173) - USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is becoming one of my favorite pale ales. The unique flavor is that of a traditional PA but with sweet under currents. Very well made and complex brew.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid pale ale, well balanced, great mix of malt backbone with hop bitterness and excellent aroma hop. Iíll be buying more soon..
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick creamy white head on top of a nice amber color. Aroma is slight hops (might be a little cold) and a little malt. Flavor is nice and spicy hops and good malt backbone. Great version of a pale ale.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Amber body, nice head, piney nose. Well-balanced malt and hops with citric (grapefruit) and piney notes.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/amber color with a large tiny bubbled white head. Aroma bigs hops with lots of citrus and some herbs. Flavor is peppery and spicy but nicely balanced with caramel sweetness. Long sweet finish with lots of residual bitterness.