Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange with a rocky, thick, foamy head and sticky, lasting lace. Biting, spicy hops nip you right from the beginning. Malts were light -- too light -- but definitely have a presence; bread-like, with some sweet and doughy notes. Mouthfeel was sharp. Peppery, with some citric elements poking through (orange and lemon). A little unbalanced, but still tasty.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A dark golden color with a creamy tan head. A strong hop aroma with a lace of fresh fruit. A bitter flavor as the hops continue to pour through, but it fails to show complexity and balance.
666seth (222) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW!!! what a knock out! Dark golden in color with a thick head as it pours in. Nice hefty hoppy nose beautiful aroma with a strong hopy flavor (in a good way!)I like it!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring with a hazy honey color this newcomer starts with a beautiful vanilla/cookie nose and a rocky head. First sips give a nicly hopped charactor, a fair amount of malt, and an iteresting grassy/herbal note, with the cookie reasserting its self in the finnish. Sightly dissapointed in the lack of citrus that is chararistic of the style but pleasently made up for it in the end. A very drinkable beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 The beer upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle settles in the glass a slightly bemused golden amber color with the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan as it erodes the lace forms a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, citrus crisp and fresh, also detect a slight hint of hops; start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top somewhat thin. Finish is prickly in its acidity and the hops fair to middling in their spicy presence, dry after taste and a much better beer on tap than in the bottle, this beer has thinned out over the last couple of years since I tried it.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great brewery from California. Lately it seems everything good is coming from that direction. Anyway pours like a classic pale, golden with medium head. Aroma is nice , a little spicier than say a Sierra Nevada. Smooth and not too effervescent. Hops are nice, not overpowering and allowing malt flavors to be recognized.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Misty orange. Thin, sticky white head. Sparse carbonation. Pleasing aroma of bread and cookie dough malts topped with citric hops. Malty to the extreme with heaps of doughy, chewy malts. Medium thick body. Honeyed tea sweetness. Citric rind hoppiness is near perfectly blended and allows the malts to shine, even ice cold. Yeast pour thickens the pasty head. Adds a mild powdery cocoa taste. Such a mellow, soft and laid back pale ale. Tons of malts and enough hop balance to keep you smiling. Finishes with an orange pekoe tea bitterness and a lessening of the malt thickness. The balanced flavor lingers on the palate for an eternity. Reaper deserves your undying attention.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is hoppy. A medium bodied hoppy pale ale. Malts are slightly sweet and nutty. Hops are citrusy, grapefruity and fairly upfront. Slightly bitter. Well balanced. There is a nice hop bite throughout this beer. Nice Pale Ale. Very drinkable.Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice copper tone to it. Gives good head. I find it to have more grapefruit notes to it that orange, though they both are present. Definetely dry, a very sticky, pasty malt feel to it. Some floral notes start to make there presence. A nice refreshing, dry hoppy aftertaste, I really like this one more as I go through it.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 15, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orangish cloudy color, poured with so much foam I had to spoon some out to get enough liquid in the glass. Aroma is strong, fruit and floral hops. Seems to have more body than a typical APA, too much tangy fruit dominates for my taste. Does not come across as very refined, like a first home-brew attempt at this style. And sorry, but I'm not impressed with the bottle graphics and name, just seems over the top, cornball, un-original, and doesn't really fit the contents to me. There are quite a few more worthy examples of the APA style out there.