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.
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.
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.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap and cask at Pizza Port Solana Beach.
Tap - Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is floral hops and citrus, orange. A light to medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, touches of orange and citrus. Hops are floral, piney and grapefruity. Lighter [pale ale, but it has a lot of flavor and a nice hop profile. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertatse is slightly bitter.
Cask - Larger head. Aroma has even more grapefruity hops. They also appear more in the taste as well. Nice soft carbonation. Fuller mouthfeel. Malts seem a little softer as well. I think I like the cask version better. It seems to have a lot more flavor.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s bitter and hoppy with slight grapefruit and pine notes and touch of sweetness. Smells and tastes like fresh hops. Light to medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask: Hazy, straw colored. Very fragrant. Light bodied, with a nice sweetness to it. I liked it better than most APAs
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.
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.
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
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask@Port Solana: Chill haze pale lemon yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is citrus with a wiff of pineapple. Flavor starts lightly sweet with some grapefruit and pine and finishes with a light orange rind aftertaste. Smooth creamy palate. Nice pale.