MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap "soft malt character" - this is lightly hopped and gives a subtle impression of the type of pale ale that I am accustomed to. Not too interesting but easy to drink.
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Weak aroma. A cloudy dark amber. The taste is listless with a sharp alcoholic/metallic bite at the end. The aftertaste lasts 10 secs. Both the bite and the aftertaste are rather unpleasant.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruddy topaz color with particulate floaters. White lacy head evaporates quickly. Mellow aroma hinting at maltyness. Nice smooth flavor that comes on with a even malt sweetness and is followed up by the roasted nutty flavors, and the gentle hoppy finish.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a lot of hop aroma. Ome good crystal malt character, but sort of mired in the same undercarbonated blandness as the rest of the Pike beers.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper color with decent head and no lacing.
Smell has an aluring sweetness to it that I can't place (honey and cloves?). Malt and hops are certainly there.
Taste isn't like SN's or most other West Coast PAs. It reminds more more of an English Bitter, I'm thinking Blue Bird with more flavor and just a bit more hops. Cascades make an appearance.
Mouthfeel is really good and has the Pike mineral feel to it. Drinkability is quit good.
And awesome beer that escaped my notice for far too long.
3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweet spiced caramel apple aroma. Not much hop presence up front, with most flavor of caramel, cinnamon and apple coming out in mid drink and lasting long into a dry finish. Wow... the finish really resembles apple crisp.. very interesting.
Reid (2237) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in the 12 oz brown long neck..lovelly old fashioned "diamond" style label.
Very attractive pale ale when poured into a slighly chilled glass..dark copper in colour with a little haze..nice creamy off white head thats medium sized..leaves good lacing.
Can smell the malts in this brew more than most pales from the NW..theres also a nice yet strange cedar wood aroma..which i cant quite place.
Nice tastein brew with the malty sweetness predominating the initial taste yet the hops come through near the end..very nice.
Mouthfeel is good but it seems a little on the watery sude.
A nice pale..very drinkable.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with a nice head that leaves quickly and spotty lacing. Roast malt and nut aromas. A bit of a fine tabacco smell to this one. Malt right up front, but there is a big tea flavor towards the end. This is a pretty good APA. Nothing outstanding but nothing that sucks too bad.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy brown color,small head short lasting.Light malt aroma with a citrus,hop and maybe even a slight spicy note as well in the aroma.The taste was sweet malt upfront then a nice change to a bitter hop taste,slightly caramely also with a nice smooth after taste of hops and malty caramel with a slight sweet side.This is a fantastic brew and well worth getting if you can find it.
PorterPounder (6987) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Sharps Roasters by the Seattle Airport. Has a light copper appearance with an off-white creamy head. Pleasant faint floral aroma with a touch of citrus. Does not bolw you over with hoppines - very subtle and mellow. Good solid APA - goes down extremly smooth.