DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 (22-ounce bottle, $3) A recently purchased bottle, and this was brewed and bottled by Green Flash in Vista, CA, not Bayhawk; Strongly bitter and fresh tasting hops is bursting with grapefruit, and has enough potency to dominate, despite a fairly malty and lightly toasty introduction up front; The malt and hops maintain their solid presence throughout, but the bitterness wins the arm wrestling match and is especially strongest in the finish; Somewhat earthy nose strikes a nice balance between malt and hops; Medium bodied and hoppy palate; Medium golden color and very slightly cloudy; The off-white head has solid retention but doesn't leave a lot of lacing; Not really my favorite style of beer, but pretty good for the style
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A standard APA with some hop presence and a thin malt body flavor. Nice carbonation and palate. Middle of the road.
TheBeerGod (5166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a red-orange with a small white head. Aroma is light citrusy hops. The taste is more citrus but leaning towards orange moreso than grapefruit. The malt comes through as well and sweetens out whatever bitterness there was. Nicely balanced. Finish is bittersweet. Mouthfeel is a little thin but it does not diminish this beer. Good stuff!
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hoppy citrus a little grainy aroma. Hop character follows through but a little light. Semi-sweet, flavor, decently balanced. Satisfying but not a great Pale Ale.
PorterPounder (5341) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
To start off, a bit overcarbonated, but that does not distract from this one. Dark orange appearance, light off-white head. Aroma of baking bread and a basket of oranges with a hint of olives to soften the sweetness. Hard to describe delectable hoppy taste to it. I rather like it. Not too subtle grapefruit hoppiness is the flavor that rings throughout.
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 This tastes like a Texas beer. That's not good. Distinct aroma of pickled olives. Over-carbonated. I'm thinking that this should have been pasteurized at some point to keep from overfizzing. Tart, apricot flavor. A constellation of little white floaties in the beer. Overwrought label, but a thoughtful theme. Bleh. Note: I received a letter from the GreenFlash CEO, localdrinker, regarding this rating. They've bought out ReaperAle, and he assures me that they've reworked the brews, and that my next experience with Deathly Pale Ale would be a better one. I think it's great when a brewer pays that much attention to their business, and I'll be sure to give this another shot.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Totally overcarbonated. Poured an entire shaker full of head. It probably would have been better to drink the head than the beer. Sweet spicy rancid fruity taste from start to finish. Why did I buy this? Don't be fooled by the cool label. This beer sucks. The only solace that I had after consuming this morbid concoction was watching the grimacing faces of my friends as they struggled to gag it down.
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Exploded out of the bottle as 90% foamy head over a cloudy yellow orange ... super sweet and citric with little body. Based on the previous reviews and my previous Reaper Red, I'd say these guy have a serious quality control and consistency problem ... this one got away from them.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden amber with a modest light tan head. Nose is sweet malt with a hint of peach. Flavor starts sweet and lightly fruity followed by a hint of grapefruit and a dry light orange peel finish. Not quite SNPA, but not far behind.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cool label and a great beer. Good combo as far as I'm concerned. Nice hoppiness in the flavor and aroma with a hint of malts to balace. I wish they sold this in 6 packs.