DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. The opportunity to drink a quality beer out of the can was too much for me so I drank the majority of this from the can, cold. For rating purposes I poured a bit into a glass. Pours a bright copper color with a medium white head. Decent lacing. Smells hoppy but thereís a touch of something unpleasant in there. Canít put my finger on it. Thankfully it doesnít translate to the taste. Tastes hoppy, smooth, incredibly well-balanced, crisp and refreshing. This is about the definition of an everyday pale ale. I could drink this all the time.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Oliver twist, Stockholm. pours out in a clear amber colour with a rich creamy white foam. Nice grapefruity hop aroma with touches of flowers, honey, all-spice and caramel. dryish hoppy flavour of grapefruit and lemon-rind with subtle notes of caramel. Bitter grapefruity finish. A hoppy and tasty take of the style.
tennisjoel (1270) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour. Similar creamy head that is in Gordon. Aroma is some herbal soapy hops and molasses sugar. Very drinkable. The hops donít hit you like youíd expect, but then again, this is a pale ale and not an IPA. Very well balanced. This might fall slightly behind SNPA, but it is still very solid for the style.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice drinkable beer that has a wonderful balance of hops and malts. Pours with an off-white head.
beerphilosophy (14) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved drinking a good beer out of a can. Good amount of hops without going crazy and manage to get a smooth finish. I never poured to see the color or smell the aroma, because its out of a can - and that should shape the experience, I think.
3fourths (8881) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 over the years this has gone from being enjoyable to ho-hum to terrible, sometimes within months. itís not my tastes, really. this beer is made so inconsistently that some batches are nothing by fusel alcohol, solvent and metal. OB tends to make these beers under-fermented and raw-tasting; sweet, chewy, boozy with astringent hops. garbage craft beer in a can for your convenience. 2.5 to 3.2 range.
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick frothy pale colored head. Ringy lacing. Crystal clear pale amber. Smells of hops, malt, caramel, honey, alfalfa, and sea water. Canít put my finger on the specific flavors, but damn fine none the less. Starts dry, finishes wet. Interresting. I loved it.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was a bit skeptical at first considering the $8.49 price tag for a canned APA but came away quite impressed. Poured a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Produced a classic tight, creamy beige head with excellent retention throughout the entire glass. Lots of clumpy foam islands and thick lacing. A nicely balanced aroma which leaned slightly to the malts over the hops here. Smells of caramel candy, biscuits and honey backed by more subdued notes of orange rind, grapefruit and pine needles. Mouthfeel was full and round for the style, more like a bigger IPA. Nicely done fine carbonation. Taste profile flips from the aroma seeming to favor the hops more. Citrus and pine predominate supported by mildly sweet flavors of crystal malts, caramel, fresh bread and honey. Finish was crisp, quite bitter and dry. This is one hefty APA; more like an American IPA in all respects. The OBís beers are certainly a bit pricey but so far for me this oneís a winner and worth the $$$.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 FBG07. Delicious hop nose, very heavy on the grapefruit notes. Amber with a thin white head. Hoppy deliciousness, well-balanced citrus. Palate is clean and not too dry for the style. Hell of a session ale.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can be in a can be good? Yes, and this proves it. Big hops, big flavor. Very impressed.