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 (8881) - 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 (2178) - 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 (6713) - 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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a nice deep brownish amber/copper with a creamy tannish head about two fingers high and evenly left webby lace rings as it settled and as it was sipped.
Smell is faint of a citrusy peach like hop and has sweetish overall aroma.
Taste is awesome, its super complex and very well rounded and full. The hop is a subtle citrusy hop thats peachy/orange with a bit of herbal quality and is slightly bitter sweet and has a good caramel malt thats not really a candied sweet but more of a sweet peat-like earthyness to it that resides in the middle and lending to a sweet tingly bitterness in the finish that holds nicely on the way down and the aftertaste is minimal and smooth. Which I think is outstanding! I tend to dislike really overly bitter or piney tasting beers, ecspecially in the finish. This is one heck of a decent brew. The bitterness is more easily handled then most bitter styled ales.
The rich full body and slightly creamy feel is spectacular that just sits nicely and is super yummy to drink. Again, one heck of a decent brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am surprised that this was not made into an ipa. This has a very nice hoppy presence, medium bodied, with a really fruity, doughy, after dinner flavor to it. Nicely balanced, and full of flavor, I wish I could try it on draft.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent pale ale. It has a very rich and hoppy flavor with good body that is nice on the palate.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NABA BeerFest 03: A very nice pale ale, better than most at the fest. This was my final beer at the fest, so memory kinda blurry and notepad is just full of scribbles at that point. I believe it was very good with a nice amount of hops and full body to back it up, could almost be an ipa, but not quite.