alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a ruddy amber color with an average off white head. Aroma of fruit and earth, with a bit of bread. Not a great aroma, but pretty aromatic for the style. Flavor was a bit unrefined and not really great, but at least it was assertive for the style and better than expected. Earthy and a touch fruity, with some yeast and mineral elements. For the style it was good.
ilovedarkbeer (2389) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Pours a yellowish green color that is extremely odd looking. Notes of citrus, grass, salt, and cheesy hops. Bad.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Pt Roberts Marketplace. Poured a clear, dark gold paired with a creamy white head. Aroma was mildly hopped. Flavour, mouth, and finish were better than I’d expected from an APA (decent bitterness), but this IS a fairly good brewery.
DuffMan (7540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bright golden with a sudsy clingy white head. Aroma is of muted resin and citrus. Palate is on the watery side, with grassy resinous hops. Everything just seemed a little weak.
SudsMcDuff (6524) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exactly - we’d be the first! With every genius business idea, there’s gotta be a first. Like, like the guy who first thought of delivering pizza to people’s houses. Or, uh, the guy who invented crack. . .. light gold, medium foam, i miss swimming .. . decent dose of muddled bitterness .. . how did general tso climb the ranks so fast .. . A good spring ale, but there was just something a tad off .. . Oh, the opera. Yes, yes, we are ruining that..
junon (427) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dulled. Everything seems a bit dulled of what I enjoy in a Pale Ale. This is just shy of the robust, rich, and powerful familiarity of a Pale Ale. Nose is far subdued and flavour is border line one dimensional. Almost there but not quite.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a lot of aroma to speak of. The taste seems a bit fruity and refreshing. It reminds me of cantelopes mixed with fruit flavors. The finish gives one bits of hops and then a bitterness. It’s quite refreshing and one of the few spring seasonals that remind me of Spring
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much aroma. A bit yellowish in color. Flavor is okay. Has some hops, a light flavor. The finish is actually better than the start, which is a bit strained.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Pyramid. Thanks! Pours a bright, clear, medium golden-orange color; creamy white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; slightly more head formation would be a plus. While there are a fair amount of pleasant hops in the aroma (citrus, tropical fruits, etc.), the malt character here is a bit much (honey, candy sugar, cereal); heading towards overt, cloying sweetness without tumbling over the edge; the high hop bitterness definitely helps. Medium body: lively carbonation and slightly creamy presence in the mouth; following the nose (and especially as this warms) the malt character starts to step up and beyond the (reasonably pleasant) hop bitterness here; honey and wet cereal malts push for unwarranted attention alongside some rather charismatic citrus and passion fruit hop notes; on the bitter side, but a bit too sweet for what this should be; very pleasant feel in the mouth, but the sweetness eventually catches up. Not bad, not exemplary. Lasting finish of citrus hop bitterness, candy sugar, and hints of honeyed malts.
poisoneddwarf (1871) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into Trappist glass (kind of like serving MacDonald’s on a silver platter, I know, but I had no other glassware available). Aroma is pine, mango, floral. Pours hazy orange with a small head and sticky lacing. This is a very non-traditional APA. It’s more fruity and floral tasting than hoppy. Not nearly as bitter as most examples of this style. Carbonation is average, and so is this beer overall. It’s different, but it’s still nothing to write home about.