Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of citrus and caramel. Tastes of pepper, citrus, some sweet malty hints.
Foxbush (1322) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was purchased at Total Wine and Beer. It was a basic APA. Nothing special. The beer poured with a very thin head and nice burnt orange color that was clear. The citrus aroma and taste was apparent from the Challenger and Cascade hops. The bitterness was evident and balanced with the malts. The finish was smooth with some bitter taste lingering.
ben4321 (4100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 9/3/09
Aroma: Some pine hops, crystal malts, banana, tropical fruits
Appearance: Clear golden color, thick & fizzy white head
Flavor: Similar to the nose but less fruity, clean floral and pine hop flavors, honey, some malts
Palate: Light to medium in body, a bit sticky
This beer is alright, you are not going to find a crazy good beer here by any means, but it is drinkable, and I liked it well enough...
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008
Some hop aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle 355 ml
Appearance: amber looking with good medium creamy top , some lace shown. 3+
Nose: high pitch aromatic green hop with citric feel , straight amber malt nose. Clean. 6+
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied. Bit raw with its metallic character , base was mid light amber malt. Nota s crisp or smooth as it could be. Rough finish.
jgb9348 (4858) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy orange hued, copper tinted body with a nice slightly soapy tan head - this is the perfect look for an APA! Aroma of fresh cascade hops, a bit of metal and some light caramel. Light-bodied; Assertive malt and metal flavours in the taste, but hardly any hops and the bitterness isn’t potent at all. Aftertaste is mild and unassuming - some hops, but mostly dry malt - odd. Overall, a good smelling and looking beer, but it must be all dry hopping, since there is not much flavour to this one! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 11-July-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 27-July-2009.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine St. Pete. Pours deep gold with white head. Nose is piney hops, malt, trop fruit. Tastes hoppy, piney, with slight peppery, fruity, and medium malt heft. Nothing abhorrent here, but nothing earth-shattering either.
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle bought in Virginia. Not a well crafted beer. Pour is a light caramel color with a small white head. Light sticky lacing. Aroma is a confused mix of caramel and various hops. That pretty much describes the flavor, too. Add in some mild spiciness and bread. The caramel doesn’t seem natural and the hops don’t work well together. This is a bitter pale ale and a dry one. Quite thin in the mouth.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear, light golden color, thin half inch of foamy head that clears pretty quick. Muted aroma showing not much other than some smooth caramel sweetness. Flavor shows a bit more depth- some light citrus hop notes up front, spicy bitterness and a lingering hoppy finish. Smooth toasted caramel sweetness in the background. Flavor isn’t amazing, but major improvement over the nose. Palate is light, crisp and sharp with decent carbonation. Overall a decent pale ale with a very weak aroma.
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brass color with a nice persistent head and nice lacing. Nose is slightly floral and a little sour. Taste is nicely hop spiced with a sweetness but also a slight note of vinegar. Finish is hoppy and bitter/sweet, typical of an American pale ale.