DrnkMcDermott (2873) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hey, ma, cans can hold good beer. Good to know. Nose shows very citrusy hops, but not piney or grapefruitty as with other APAs. Light in color. But a great alpha-full nose overlaid on a golden malt profile. I’m definitely wathcing out for more of this when I’m on the road (not in Illinois, of course).
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Had it on tap first, then from the infamous can. Poured deep, slightly hazy orange with a thick, off-white head. The aroma is full of fresh hops, heavy hop citrus, and some grainy malts. The flavor is very crisp. The flavor has some sweet malts (flavors of caramel and a touch of roasted grain) and hints of yeast combined with a big blast of fresh, bitter, citrus, flowery hops. The middle of the flavor has some fruits, malts, and a tremendous - almost resiny - bitterness. The finish is long, somewhat dry, and quite hoppy. A hop-head delight that is very nicely balanced. A joy to consume.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
can: pours a beautiful orange clour with a lovely creamy head that seems to last.the aroma blast you with sweet hops, but still some malts in the background. flavour of hops and malt that seem to balance each other near perfectly. i love the finish not to bitter but again balanced. i cant believe this is a can. il ove the way there is just enough hops in the nose and in the mouth. cheers for a beer i can take to the beach finally.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: pours a gorgeous orange/copper color and forms a very nice cream-colored, 2-finger head that instantly begins lacing quite nicely. This is a beautiful looking beer.
S: gives off a very nice balanced aroma of both juicy hops and sweet malted bread. I want to take a bite!
T: ahhh, glorious. Not as hoppy as Sierra’s Pale Ale, not as malted as a strong ale, this beer is perfectly balanced IMO. I think "juicy" is the best word to describe it’s flavor, I keep smacking my lips to savor every drop of its bready goodness. Did I mention it’s perfectly balanced?
M: creamy and chewy, I love how this beer feels in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation ta boot.
D: this is my new go-to beer, it’s a splendid combination of low-enough ABV to be able to session with it, it’s a great value (I pay about $14-15 per 12 pack of cans here in NJ), and it’s delicious. Perfect all-day drinker.
P.S. it’s worth noting that this is NOTHING like any other canned beer you may be used to, you’d never know it came from a can.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a Dark Amber with a smooth white head. Taste of piney hops nicely balanced with a nice clean finish. Gotta love cans of beer.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy aroma, some spice, citrus, some herbal almost basil. Pours a rich amber. Very good hop flavor, nice balance. Some spicy hops, a little bit of citrus, some caramel, a clean hop finish. very nice and very drinkable! So glad Oskar Blues made it to Florida!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New to Central FL… and some how I had not previously rated it, so I bought a case.
The can was filled to the very top… almost No headroom if any. Dales pours a rich copper colored body and a bountiful creamy ivory hued head. The first thing I notice is the mild effervescence… which I LOVE! The lesser the carbonation the better! The aroma is piney and citric, sweet with caramel and reminiscent of honey wheat toast. The palate is slightly chewy but soft, finishing dry and well hopped… This is definitely a new daily drinker for me!
jcp23 (53) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dang-diddely-DE-lishus!! Man, this is a beer that is a continuant reminder of how much I love hops. Pours a radiant golden-amber-ruby-orange colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of spankin’ fresh Centennials. Taste is of equal hop majesty, and balanced well with a crisp, perfectly assertive malt backing. Abundant & well-defined lacing. I reckon there is something to the can-freshness principle, because this beer just POPS out of its container! Whodathunkit?! Great thirst quencher. And the 6.5% abv is just an added fun bonus to this Oompaloompa APA. What a great country!
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer from a can? Begging for this on tap where I work (it’s not gonna happen). Anyway, I could care less how this pours since it is from a can. Crisp smell followed by a great hoppy flavor followed by a somewhat creamy and citrusy finish. A lasting and slightly bitter finish make this a remarkable pale ale when you consider it’s an American brew from a can. Puts it’s Old Chub sibbling to shame if you ask me. Thank you, Oksar. Would you take my sister out (if she existed)?
BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very very good pale ale. Poured slightly cloudy orange with a white head. Smelled hugely of hops. Lots of citrus grapefruit type smells. Starts off very sweet then the hops creep up and hit you. Very clean finish. An awesome APA. I can’t believe this comes in a can. Its weird.