tugdriver7 (27) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delivered to my refrigerator from SC (thanks J!). What a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t read anything about it, but loved the amber color and nice foam head. Mostly malt in the nose, with a hint of hops that hits you a bit more as you begin to sip through the foam. Mouthful is rich with just a tickle/hint of carbonation. Taste is malt and hops and carmel and a touch of citrus-like hops flavor that adds an incredibly delicate tartness. Amazing balance--and yet each taste comes in and out in turn. And yet there is nothing about it that is "in your face" (e.g., highly hopped). And they list ingredients on the bottle as nothing but water, yeast, hops and malted barley. No tricks (adjuncts, additives, etc.). Just pure quality taste. I loved it. The slightly bitter aftertaste is phenomenal. Makes you want to pick up the glass again and again. Easily one of my absolutely favorite APAs. Long after you’re through the glass, the taste lingers on your tongue and your mouth waters. Could easily be a "usual" for me, if I could find it up here. Guess another trip to NC is in the future.
rayg1 (583) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a copper-orange with a fluffy white head if your agressive with it. I like to be agressice in the pour sometimes to release the aroma. Smell of citrius and a little piney spice. Taste is very nice with some caramel, spice, and pine. Nice little bite to finish on the way down. I like this beer but then again I like hops.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours a thick light tan head that laces with copper color. Aroma is lively hops, sweet, malt. Taste initially starts out thin, then mild caramel malt followed by nice biting medium hops. Medium/light body. Improved with the second one.
SpringsLicker (3223) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one.
Small head on a hazy gold body.
Light hop aroma with some thin malts.
Well balanced flavor with a dry finish. A bit thin.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a thin off-white head. Light citrus hop aroma with big malt and an earthy finish. The flavor was citrusy and mildly acidic from the hops. Caramel malt flavors. Decent hop finish.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light yellow orange body with a white head. Cascade like citrus lemon and wet rubber nose. I don’t care for the aroma. Light orange and lime sweet flavor. Clean thin finish.
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Zeswaft (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
had a pretty nice citrus and grass aroma. flavor was a let down. kind sweet and not as hoppy as the aroma. i wouldn’t expect south carolina to make a good beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of decatursteve - Clear amber color. Very light head. Earthy hop aroma. Not much malt. Medium body. Thanks Steve.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle at Jim & Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Charleston, SC. Huge lasting fine-bubbled tan head atop a nice rustic amber body....very spicy, hoppy aroma with orange-peel, lemon juice and lots of dried pine needles for a vital aromatic experience....smooth, clean, fairly sweet front with touches of molasses and lightly toasted malts....rather dry and bitter finish, somewhat watery and a bit too thin, nevertheless a reasonably solid, respectable pale ale.
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clean golen orange with a good head and nice lacing. A nice not to grassy hops and malt aroma. Beer had a smooth creamy palate with good smooth carbonation not fizzy at all. A good taste of malt and hops with a lingering bitter that I like much. A really good beer for the style.