nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, what a difference a new contract brewer makes. The old version of this beer brewed at Devils Canyon was pretty mediocre, but this is actually very good. On tap at Rose & Crown. Appearance is excellent. Clear golden with a soapy-looking white head that lasts and leaves great rings of lacing. Aroma is fresh bright citrus and floral hops along with a little honey sweetness. Flavor is sweet pale malt and grain along with lots of floral and citrusy hops, with sweet honey on the finish. A little bit of butteriness/diacetyl is the only flaw, but it’s hardly noticeable. Medium body with a dry and hoppy mouthfeel. This beer is really excellent - a huge improvement over previous batches, really a totally different beer. Great job, Kasim. I’ll be having this again for sure.
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent light gold with a big creamy white head. Crescents of foam cling to the walls of the glass after each sip. Spot on for an APA. The aroma is honey, caramel, tangerines and pine needles. Nothing too strong, nothing too weak. The taste is just a touch too sweet at first with some crystal malt notes, but it finishes with some dry yeastiness, hop bitterness and lingering honey. Mouthfeel starts smooth and kinda creamy but is fading and getting watery before I can finish my glass. Having purchased the bottle due to an impulsive need to try new local beers, I expected practically nothing from this beer and was pleasantly surprised. This is a very quaffable APA with good hop flavor and balance.
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an outstanding pale ale with a very aggressive hopping, and dried out enough that you can taste it. Pure white foam over an amber-tinged golden liquid. Tropical, citric and piney hop aromas come together in a full aroma. The bitterness is appreciable -- oily, resinous - in the finish. The feel is full for 5.5% (my bottle says 5.5, the site 5). Very hoppy, and very dry and down at 5.5. There’s definitely a market hole here that this beer has just manhandled. Well done Hermitage!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours an almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tropical, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some light floral hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with a hint of pine, some mild bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balance hoppy pale ale. Good hop profile.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a clear amber orange with a white head that dissipate quickly to the edges. Aroma had a pretty strong sweet malt backbone with a strong citrus and grapefruit combining with strong pine as well. Flavor was more dominated by pine with a sweet grain backing and a bit of grapefruit coming through in the finish.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with some maltiness. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine linger with malt and light earthiness.
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Rose and Crown. Pours clear and golden orange with a creamy and chalk white head. Aroma is dry and grapefruity to pine hoppy. Smooth hoppy, dry pine and grapefruity hops flavoured. Solid bitter and dry into the finish.
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours clear amber with a thick beige head and a floral aroma. There is a medium-bodied pale malt flavor that is bready and dry. Finish is moderately bitter.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, purchased from the refrigerated cooler at Whole Foods Coddingtown. Pours a clear, bright golden-yellow color; fine-bubbled white head with modest retention and lacing. Citrus and herbal hop character in the aroma, though equally balanced by undercurrents of caramel and crystal malt. Medium-high CO2 and moderate body, with more of a core sweetness than I’d like to see in something like pale ale: notes of, again, caramel and crystalline sugars, even a touch of cotton candy, though balanced out and remaining drinkable courtesy of an assertive, citrusy core bitterness; layered hop flavor adds some redemption here, but I’m just not a fan of so much crystal malt and esters in a pale ale. Medium length finish of caramel and citrus, along with a papery note that strongly suggests some oxidation; given this was refrigerated at a place that moves product quickly, I’m thinking this is on the brewing side of things. A decent pale ale, though my socks remain on.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Rose and Crown. Pours very cloudy like a hefe. Actually was surprised to see this as a pale ale. A really nice brew. Drinks nice. Big malts to this that are very refreshing. Nice brew.