bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boy, am I glad I grabbed the last can of this at the Total Wine store. Great head with mild retention and great sudsy lace. Nice caramel malts and resin aroma. The flavors are much the same, with a great caramel malt underlying an awesome hoppy mid-palate and clean pine-hop finish. The mouthfeel is both cleansing and round, with good levels of carbonation that add to the overall effect of the brew. Very nice complexities that work wonderfully together, and make for a classic APA! Awesome!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly deep amber with orange hues. Nice off white head. Nose of toasty malts and spicy centennials. Just about medium bodied, texture a bit watery but firms up nicely as it warms. Semi-sweet crystal malts with hints of caramel and toast. Perfect amount of bitterness to balance, long hop spice aftertaste. Great pale ale. Best beer in a can I have had:) Reminicent of alpha king.
hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly citrusy (grapefruit and lemon) aroma with a touch of pine with bready malt. Bright orange in color with a tall, off-white head and nice lacing. Nice flavor that is well balanced with a strong caramel malt and brown sugar. Pine hop flavor with a touch of lemon-rind and grapefruit. Nice medium body with a dry, crisp finish that is not too bitter,...just the right amount of sweetness. Very good. Thanks for the can Brigadier!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, I ignored this beer for the last several months exclusively because it is canned and because it resides next to the Bud, Coors & Rolling Rock cans in the liquor stores. Big Mistake. One relieved of its decidedly industrial macrobrew metal jacket, the beer pours an orange/amber and supports a medium and long-lasting dusky white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine resin and hops. Well-balanced flavors of grapefruit and malt with a healthy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and finish is crisp and hoppy. This brew is in line with some of the West Coast pales and with Three Floyds Alpha King in that is very much a pale/IPA hybrid. Despite the cans, I will definately buy this beer again and because of the cans it will make appearances at many outdoor or bottle free venues!
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. This brew has been a long time coming for me. I saw it at Steveís liquors in Madison, WI and then asked my brother-in-law to pick it up before a camping trip. Better than I expected. I wasnít used to getting so much flavor out of a can. Piney hop aroma. Hazy amber boddy with a yellowish, off-white head that is lasting. Excellent ring lace. Hoppy and somewhat creamy. Nice flavor. The malt is a little harsh in the finish. However, a very solid brew.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 12 oz can. Great copper red color with ample carbonation and a nice light head. The aroma is crisp malt with biscuit hints, spicy-earthy hops and a bit of syrup. There is also something (some aroma) in here that is malty but I just donít care for. The flavor is relatively clean with a solid though crisp malt presence (like you might find in an ESB). Good earthy hops with a hint of pine. Mouth feel is full, if a bit sticky for my taste in a pale ale. This is not bad, but I prefer the Gordon.
GregClow (3041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared with jerc - his can. Clear, dark amber with a good sized tan head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with some sweet orange notes. Very well balanced & integrated flavour with complimentary malt and hop notes, leading to a moderately bitter and slightly citric finish. A really nice pale, and easily one of the best canned beers Iíve had.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 2011-12-03. Hazy orange body with a small head that fades. 3+ Modest hoppy aroma is nice, green leafy hops and sweet citrusy notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet orange citrus with leafy green hop overtones. 7+ Average palate is lacking in carbonation but is nice nonetheless. 3+ Good stuff. 7/4/7/3/16 Cask at Goodbar, Buffalo
2006-08-XX Amber body with a moderate creamy white head and decent lacing on the glass (3+). Moderately resiny hops in both the aroma (6+) and the flavour. Light citrus comes out a bit more in the flavour. Average palate. Solid pale ale. 6/4/7/3/14 Can
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2006 12 oz can from Steveís on Mineral Point Road, Madison, consumed from a VT Brewerís Fest tasting glass a bit above fridge temperature. Pale, luminous amber in the glass with total clarity and topped by a thick slow-decaying off-white creamy top....apricots, spruce, loads of caramel and a delightful delicate hint of vanilla in the luscious nose....very sweet on the tongue, with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel cut somewhat by the strong dry citric hops that enter in the middle....thins out a bit at the finish, and really rather simple overall, but quite pleasant and a solid choice to let sit in the fridge till needed -- if I could get it regularly.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to captaincougar: Orangish amber pour, with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrus and spicy hops, I donít pick up much of any malt character. Flavor, citrusy, from start to finish, with a well bittered after taste. Really an excellent APA.