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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A light, crisp, delicately malty ale brewed with three different varieties of Pacific Northwest hops. This golden ale is the perfect introduction to handcrafted ales.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 Original rating, 2/20/04. Draft. Surprisingly hoppy for a “starter” beer. It’s now described at RB as an American Pale Ale, and so it is. Not fruity like a Sierra Nevada, but good sharp bite of Northwesrtn hops. Typical Pale Ale brown color and thin heads.
Rating from cask, 2/24/12 A much different beast on cask. Big on hop aroma right off the top of the sampler. I’m told by the server the current hop is the Falcon’s Flight mixture. Gold color, hazy with a thin scrum of foam. Taste carries on with pine and resin hops. The palate is a tad thin as it goes with a cask beer. If you can score it on cask, my rating as 8/4/7/3/15 for a total of 3.7.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (686) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2015
On tap. Medium hoppy lime aroma. Pours bronze with a frothy off white head. Very easy drinking with moderate hoppiness. Medium bodied with mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Tap at the brewery - really an APA, and a pretty clean and decent one - clean, crisp malt structure - medium dry and Biscuity - hops are a little subdued, but pleasantly grassy and citric - peppery finish - nice quaffer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2906) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
Sampler at the brewpub. Definitely no butter in this batch. Pale gold to dark hay color. Aroma is muted hops, a mix bag, a little bit of this and that but nothing in particular stands out. Malt is a bit dusty. Flavor is similar with a moderate-mild bitterness coming through. Finish comes fast and easy. This is a decent Golden/APA hybrid (frankly, if I were to reenter this beer I would put it in as an APA). I just wish the hops were more directive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Quick stop in while doing some Christmas shopping. Pours a clear yellow harvest hue, firmer glow, lively carbonation and a brighter white head that dies to a smaller white layer, sticks around small and laces in the same capacity. Aromas are earthy, dry, and grainy. Some touches of straw meet bread, cereal grains and straw. Gentle earthy hops, some touches of grass, graininess. Simple, clean, mellow hop character lurks a bit. Initial is lighter bodied showing some mellow grainy malt character, cleaner lighter body meets up with a decent earthy hopping, grassy with some floral pokes, faint lemon rind at times. Bready malts, cereal elements, straw, and a bit of floor malts, faint fruitiness hits into the middle. The backend is dry, a bit fruity and hoppy as we start to trail out. Simple Golden Session ale offering some decent hop character for what it is. Serviceable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
crossovert (9748) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Buttery yet unthreatening brew. IT is golden and carries some malt and hops but is primarily butter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14612) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Clear golden - white head. Bread. Zesty. Ok bitterness. Light fruity. Crispy. Toasted. Grassy hoppy. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tkrjukoff (4206) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 28, tap @ Rock Bottom, Chicago. Pours clearl golden with a creamy off white head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity, citric, caramel and grassy. Flavor is malty, orange, bitter hoppy and sweet. Medium body. Finishes longlived bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On tap at RB...This pours a super dark gold straw but its still very clear...The head is totally dead, nothing at all there...The taste is also super light, can’t taste anything but light skunk. Its not bad per se just boring, why drink this? Overall, an easy session beer but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
Part of a sampler at the brewpub. Clear golden, minimal white head. Sweaty peachy aroma, light caramel. Same stonefruit flavours on the palate, slightly floral, low bitterness. Pleasant enough session ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
rubbishystuff (2069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Decided to try the Cask version of this. They said it was dry hopped. Very smooth. Not a lot excitement. Serving: Cask

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