DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great label. The pour is dark straw with medium, off-white head. Aroma of honey malt, hops, some florals and spices. Tastes malty, with honey, crisp hops, florals, and black pepper. Dry finish, with nice floral and spice elements.
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slightly older bottle thanks to Lt.Dan. Pours with with a hazed gold body. Aroma still haze a decent amount of citrus hop aromas, a bit of tea and caramel, bread rounding it out. Taste has a touch of oxidation (presenting itself as dried coconut), but still some resilient citrus hops, a bit herbal, and tons of caramel. Not a bad bottle. Lively bubbles, a bit thin. Nice.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured clear medium golden with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up earthy and caramel sweetness with a touch of smoke.. pine and orangey hoppage around.. a little detergent-like as it warmed up. The flavor found tart citrus juice on the tip of the tongue followed by semi-sweet caramel and pale malts.. more orangey bitterness and detergent surrounded.. finished with tacky, non-descript malts and citrus bitterness. Medium-ish bodied and slick across the palate.. sharp on the back-half, and it didn’t flow that well.. drinkable, but not that good.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper orange pour with a nicely-lacing, frothy white head. Fresh green piny hoppy aroma has a light caramel malty presence. Starts With a pleasant light sweetness and good crisp hoppy balance toward a smooth, very drinkable finish. Makes a nice, flavorful session beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7086) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Golden color with lasting white head. Full pine with slightly citrus hop bite to the nose. Big mouth full of hop bitterness with a bit of hop flavor. Midway some malt sweetness surfaces to march this beer down to a fairly balanced finish, well, moderately hoppy finish.
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy orange gold, compact white head showing good retention. Muted aromas of caramel and resin. Sweet smooth malts are nicely balanced with citrus and resinous hops in abundance. Very good.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light malt aroma. Grapefruit and light summer fruit flavor with light malt. Medium bodied. Good hop flavor. Grapefruit and light summer fruit lingers with light caramel.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Quite citric in the mouth, very straightforward nose, nothing much to see here. Defines "average".
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear golden-orange with a good size mostly lasting white head. Nice citrus hops aroma backed with sweet malt and a nice bitter finish-- simple but pleasant. Flavour’s the same: citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone -- tasty stuff. Medium bodied. I must say, for a Pale Ale this is wonderful!
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and enjoyed in my SN pint glass:
Poured a medium amber hue with a initial big frothy head which fades but produced a good amount of lace in it’s wake. The aroma has a sharp and juicy PNW blended hop character of pine, grass, herbs, and grapefruit with some bready and pale malts about. Even a touch of hop spice and pepper dancing around the edge. The taste is mostly as expected, hoppy and bitter with an okay balance of pale malt and a touch of pepper and herbal quality additionally for support. (I do wonder with hop is use for the dry hopping, I think it may be Simcoe). Anyway back to the review... The feel is crisp and dry, astrengent and woody aftertaste.
A solid offering in the overdone genre that is the staple of most breweries now daze, this one holds it own however. It is a big APA that borders on the level of IPA (or at least on IPA often found in the late 90’s). The 3rd of 4 Reaper beers I quite enjoyed, this is the little brother of Sleighor IMO which I am am going to drink after this just ’cause I wanna. Damn it Ratebeerians, get you some Reaper!