jakekoch (4) - toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I liked this beer. It was crisp and would be good on a hot summer day. A little lighter on the flavor than i usually go for but all in all a decent easy drinking beer.
Onslow (1242) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear copper brew with huge thick head. Aroma of brown sugar and cider. Taste starts with sweet malts and quickly turns crisp, cidery, and then grassy and astringent in the finish. Some bitter spicey maybe rye. A little farmhouse overtone now and then - maybe spoiling? Thin palate. This is interesting and distinctive but not very pleasant, though I would not say there is anything vegetal or overtly spoiled here. Just rough and unrefined, not enough sweetness to balance the hops and hops that are too grassy without other characteristics to balance them.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a brilliant, crystal clear amber with a large head that left good lacing. Just about perfect for a pale. Aroma was piney and floral hops. I found the aroma to be a bit lacking. Taste is moderately malty at the fore, but ends up kind of thin. This is definitely not a bad pale. I have no problem drinking it. It’s just kind of "meh".
574deadzone (1162) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Should not have poured aggressively...huge fluffy, clumpy off-white head on this bad boy. Golden-copper-amber in color. Some earthy, refreshing herbal, grassy and slightly piney hop notes with almost some candy sweetness behind them. Catching some of the rye spice, but it’s not too powerful. Tastes moderately sweet, with a sharp, crisp bitterness. Palate is thinner, light-to-medium bodied, not a whole lot of effervescence, with a lingering tea like bitter finish. This is a good, sessionable pale ale with decent variety on the hops and nice character from the rye malt. It’s kind of a jack of all trades...it doesn’t knock anything out of the park, but it’s pretty good mostly. For a seasoned hophead, however, the name could seem a little misleading...
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper gold, head is very large, frothy, and very light tan in color. Fantastic head retention. Aroma is predominantly toffees and caramel with moderately light underlying spruce. Bitter flavor initially, and bitterness grows though the flavor profile - flavors are mostly leather, pine resin, and some very light grapefruit rind. Finish is lightly bitter with some graininess - perhaps rye? For as much malt is evident in the aroma, this is lacking malt balance in the flavor. Still, overall, this was tasty and I would have it again. There were no major flaws or off flavors. Thanks to Narnad yet again.
Chudwick (2356) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper with white head and thin lacing. Nose is hoppy as in pine or spruce. Taste is bitter but not so much. For something called a hop bomber this is more is a pea shooter. Inoffensive.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not crisp and bitter enough for a pale ale but an ok drinker. Amber color and off white head. Nothing special.
Drjohnrock (545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Rivertown sampler 12 pack purchased at Remke/biggs in Delhi Township, tasted on August 22, 2011. Slightly cloudy copper/amber hue, small off white head, moderate bittersweet aroma with citrus elements, nice bittesweet flavor with pleasing tangy finish. Decent.
LinusStick (2954) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blah. Terrible pale ale. Drinkable at the very best. Aroma was thick but off. Ginger ale, burnt rubber and a hint of lemon. Pour was a nice clear dark amber with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste wasn’t nasty but was close. Malty with burnt bread and not much else. Could sense the rye spiciness which was the only saving grace of this mess. The hops appear sour in the aftertaste. Light carbonation.
starkastic (18) - - FEB 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ehh, alright I guess, drinkable easy smooth. Probably wouldn’t get again but thats my opinion.