kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Grumpy’s Strong Pale Ale
Source: Brewpub, Solona Beach
clear dark yellow, fine whitehead, drippy lace, strong citrus hop aroma with a hint of sweetness, big sweet piney flavor well balanced with lots of citrus hops and a long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Labeled Grumpy’s Strong Pale Ale (7.0% abv) on tap at Solana Beach on 11/30/06: Pours a transparent light copper bronze with a pillowy off-white head. Has a lightly grapefruity hoppy caramel malty nose. Body starts sweet and pale malty with a ton of fresh citrusy bittering and flavor hops. Finishes warming and bittersweet with a lot of hop resin.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
this was a weird brew, it said it was storng, but it tasted kinda like the lagers with a bit of hops. seeing as there is no stat on abv i still have no idea. i drank it cause i hadnt had it, but i wouldnt get it again unless only keystohne light was on tap
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Carlsbad, Dec 05. Clear pale gold pour. Piney hop aroma, Light malty flavors with some citrus and pine hops and a decent finish.
omhper (19227) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy pale yellow, rich head. Moderate lemonady mango-like hop aroma. Crisp and light bodied wth clean mouthfeel and medium bitterness. Fairly simple, but with refreshing qualities.
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap in Solana Beach - This a good example of a pale ale, the pleasant hoppy bitterness nicely balanced with the malts. Soft carbonation, nice full mouthfeel. Nothing astonishing here, but I could easily sit back and enjoy a few pints.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on draft @ Solana Beach location. A great, drinkable, hoppy American pale ale.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Tap @ Carlsbad: Clear yellow gold color with a medium white head. Light cirtus and fruity aroma and flavor. Some caramel malt. For a medium sized head the carbonation was low. 7/4/7/3/14
Had this a year later on tap at Solana and this time it was listed as a 7% strong ale rather than a pale. Clear amber color with a small white head. Hop forward aroma with grapefruits and sweaty hops. The caramel barely has a chance to peak out. Big fresh hop flavor. Pine and grapefruits. The hops were big all the way around but very drinkable. The score is for the strong ale version.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma had big citrus, orange zest, pine, and hops. The beer poured a yellow color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. I also noted that there was some slight haze in the color. The flavor had oranges, pine, and a slight light fruit note. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, light gold color with a nice fresh hops aroma with a bit of fruit. Even, mild bitterness with quite a bit of hops flavor and very little maltiness--quite nice. Very flavorful and refreshing.