Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very orange with almost no head and a bit of haze. Nose is hoppy with a definite emphasis on pine and a note of lightly caramelized sugar. Light to medium bodied with very fine and gentle carbonation. There’s a slight soapy and lingering element to the bitterness in the finish that keeps this from being a top notch pale. Still a good drinker though.
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Yellow, big sloppy white head that fades quickly. Spicy, toasty aroma. Nicely hopped, with notes of pine and a hint of grapefruit. There is something that reminds me of gin in there, as well. Clean crisp finish that says "please drink more"
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cloudy pale amber colour. rocky light brown head. malty nose with slight fruit undertones. blended concoction of flavours starting with mild malt to fruity middle and finishes with distinct hoppy taste
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. rocky head, ginger ale like carbonation. floral aroma and flavour. acidic finish. i really enjoyed this one.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Rogue pale ale with nothing distinctive to report. Hazy straw-colored body, thin/medium light cream head. Standard Rogue aroma of earthy, musty hops and caramely/biscuity malts. Caramely, toasty body with plenty of herbal hops. Pacman yeast is ever-present, but I don’t pick up any indication of juniper berries.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is another ho-hum ale on the market. Nothing too memorable about this one but has decent flavor
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried the same night as the disappointing Dogfish Raison D’Etre...
Difference here is that the flavoring - juniper berries - doesn’t overpower the hops and malt.
Really liked this ale - mouth watering aroma, hint of juniper, creamy, smooth and full bodied. Great flavour lingers in the mouth.
A winner, plain and simple.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hmm... that typical... slightly musty, ya know... is it cheese? no it’s that malt, yeast, hop... thing, damn it. but i pour: golden straw into a hazy golden yellow body with tight, frothy, and soapy white head. it tastes more interesting than most APAs, and this is for sure. there’s juniper berries? shiii* ... hmm. whatev’ it’s tasty, simplified shiii* ... yeah, i need to rate it again. yes, it’s fair enough and quaffy enough. meh--it’s yellow snow because it’s APA! screw this style!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours orangish golden, hazy, large foamy white head, sticky lacing, with mild carbonation. Mild hop aroma, slightly bready/yeasty as well. Smooth hop bitterness up front, with a mild malt background. Fairly well balanced. Goes down easy. Very light spices on the back end, Juniper berries perhaps? Medium to full bodied, with a medium or less mouthfeel. This is a mild, yet fairly tasty American Pale Ale!
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite well carbonated, it generates a frothy 3 inch thick pale off white head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep gold color that has some copper highlights. The aroma has surprising note of toasted biscuits, lemon, perhaps a hint of buttery character, and a hint of spiciness that must be the juniper. The tasty is buttery (I am pretty sure this is diacetyl), though luckily it is not so much that it detracts, really. The beer is lightly sweet up front, but finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness. The diacetyl is what lingers though, but it is joined by a bit of lingering toasted biscuit notes. The juniper contributes a sharp spicy character, which has notes of lemon, a hint of ginger, and a smidgeon of astringency. This beer is fairly good, but it is just not all that interesting to me. It is certainly nice and quaffable though, but I could definitely do without the diacetyl component, though like I said it is fairly subtly, and I am particularly sensitive to it.