PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From monthly gourmet beer of the month 12 pack, pours a giant head, lots of foam, color is quite hazy matter of fact dark golden with offsets of tan floating around. Taste is lonely yet crisp, silent but deserving, solid yet lacking. I look for more of a striaght hop factor in my pale ales, but love trying different brews. A very drinkable brew, but a 6er may top it.
thegreenrooster (3977) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is a decent citrus/grapefruit. Flavor is likewise. Fresh pine hops with some melon. A decently hopped beer with nothing offensive to take this one down a notch.
amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured directly out of the bottle with no regard for splashing and still had almost no head. Nose is non-existent and the appearance is like apple cider. Not off to a good start there. Hop flavor isn’t terrible but it’s way over carbonated. Nice citrusy with a very low bitterness. Kind of reminded me of some of my first homebrews...
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from my sister-in-law. Light orange, brown pour with a thin bubbly white head. Smells like citrus, dry hops, and roasted nuts. Roasted flavors, citrus, and stale bread.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange yellow, eggshell colored creamy head. Aroma is light citrusy aroma, light crystal malt bite, some herbal hops. Taste is mostly the same, thin body with some crystal bite, spicy hops and citrus oranges and grapefruit.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mildly hazed amber with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and caramel. Taste of mild citrus and bittering hops with some vegetal qualities and some malt mixed in. Even a little skunk kicks in as it warms, yuck. Over carbonated and just not very appetizing.
dmac (5482) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle via trade with Soonah, thanks again for helping me knock out another state. Poured a good looking slightly hazed orange with an average sized foamy white head. Aroma started with some nice apricot notes but they quickly faded and lots of dusty cereal grains took over. Lots of fizzy carbonation and a thin body makes for a rather lusy combination. Flavor is rather flat with dusty grain and some seltzer. Not to much going on with this one.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Strange, this one is a gusher. Pours a huge, rocky, immovable white head. Lasting, with great, patchy lacing. Slightly hazy, light orange body. Once the head subsides a bit, this is one attractive beer. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and a hint of pine. Flavor is of pale malt and light biscuit followed by some citrus. Light, somewhat thin bodied. Average carbonation with a crisp, clean, bitter finish. Overall not a bad APA, but fairly run of the mill. Could use a bit more body/refined mouthfeel and malt presence.
jgb9348 (5616) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep hazy orange-tinted copper coloured body with a nice three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of malt, light grassy hops, yeast and a bit of cereal. Medium-bodied; Mild yeastie and worty flavoured body with a bit of hops, some malt, cereal, rice and unfinished character. Aftertaste shows a bit more hops, but just stagnant flavours that really don’t show well. Overall, a pretty mild and subdued beer that doesn’t go over well. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Broadway Wine Merchant’s in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 31-August-2009 sampled at home in Washington on 15-October-2009.
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle
Labeled as Choc Brewing this is a passable attempt at a basic pale ale. I could easily see someone making this in small batches in a basement; it is drinkable but lacks that flair of someone trying to do more than paint by numbers.
Aroma / Appearance - The thick foamy head was the consistency of eggshells. A carbonated mandarin orange body bubbled with life as the smell of lemongrass, wheat, and citrus escaped the cozy confines of the glass.
Flavor / Palate - Rye crackers, hayseed, and a residual bitterness blend into a mundane and typical pale ale. Far from undrinkable it is essentially a reference point for what the style should be and nothing more.