Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quintasential english pale. Almost amber in colour and character. A bit nutty, nice and sweet, appropriately hopped.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, hoppy aroma, copper colour, a huge toffee head. Malty, nutty flavour, good hop aftertaste. Smooth, balanced, as always well crafted.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn! Those Brits sure know how to make balanced brews! I love it!
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty sweet nose. Extremely clean beer, and oddly has a nuttier taste than the nut brown. I can’t discern much difference between this and the winter welcome, they’re almost identical. Medium to small body and not very rich. Kind of bland at times. Simple and easy.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very tasty beer that has a clean aftertaste.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back to an old favorite: amber-tawny color with a nice head dying down to a resilient lace. Nice aroma of malt and spice. Looks appetizing and it is. A nice change from the aggressivley hopped american pale ale’s, this beer is perfectly balanced with pale malts and fruity hop character. Clean as a whistle with balanced flavors all through the finish. It will be gone faster than you want it to be.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice to look a with lots of head and aroma. I found this a bit dull, the flavor just did not strike a chord. Wasn’t bad but I would not go out of my way to hunt it down again.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as strong as the other pale ales I’ve tried. The color seems a bit off - guess I’d like it a bit darker. The aroma reminded me of a wine. Overall though, very good - great flavor!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a gift pack (box). First time I could rate it because it was not skunked. Dark gold, slight hoppy nose. Hops do not prevail as in an American pale ale. Smooth taste with a hop finish. I like APA’s better.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Amber brown color topped by a thick creamy head with decent lace. Slightly sweet hoppy aroma with a lemony background and a hint of malt. Sweet malty flavor quickly turning hoppy with a hoppy finish. Medium bodied and slightly dry.