CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, lightly cloudy appearance with a blooming head. Fresh hoppy aroma reminds me of a homebrew I once made. Full bodied with good malt/rye backbone and a good amount of citrusy hop bitterness. Best Texas brew I have had yet.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Looks just like the Great Grains Texas Tornado which everyone panned and I gave a 2 for appearance. A tea water lookiní muck with a laced off-white head. The only difference is that this beer actually tastes alright. You can sense the rye in this pale ale as it leaves a grainy dry aftertaste. The citrus notes at the front help balance the beer.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grapefruit hops overpower everything else. Acceptable but I donít care much for grapefruit.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Distinctive citric notes in aroma and flavor, particularly grapefruit. Struck me as a typical West Coast offering--no shortage of hops, bitterness all over the aftertaste--but there IS something odd here. I didnít really place it as the rye until later when it seemed to suggest itself. Decent enough for what it is, but not something of which Iíd want a second pint--way too harshly bitter for my taste. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A proud ale that hails from Blanco, TX, right in the middle of nowheresville. This is a hard-biting APA that has an odd something (must be the rye) in the taste thatís out-of-the-ordinary. My label did not look like the cool label above but rather depicted the Blanco County courthouse (how boring is that?!). Plently of bittering hops and I like the rye. At least itís not watery like Yellow Rose and Balcones Fault beers.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good twist on a pale ale. Cloudy dark amber color and great head formation. Aroma shows some bubble gum malt, lightly hopped citrus and spice. Palate is initially sweet and malty with licorice that runs through the middle, some peppery spice towards the end and a good citric finish.
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not Real Aleís best beer, not not bad.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good use of the spicy rye flavor with a nice hop finish. Above average pale ale overall.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bitter pale ale. Muddy, tannish color, very little head. I actually liked the aftertaste, kind of gave me a warm feeling in my mouth.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I normally can dig a good bitter beer, but the rye in this just didnít appeal to me. It really sticks with you in the aftertaste, too.