Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber color,small white head that faded quickly leaving just a little behind.Nice hoppy grapefruit aroma with a light malt side to it.Thin bodied brew with a nice flavor of light grapefruit maybe some notes of pine and hops towards the end.The after taste is a nice mellow bitterness of hops with a mild grapefruit after taste.Not a bad brew.Albeit it a little thin bodied but it’s quite pleasant and easy drinking.Thanks go to Whaleman for sending me this brew and one more state on my belt.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 True amber color, but still bodied. Nice hop flourish with a tart finish. Excellent drinker. Damn good.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - APR 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours light copper with a fluffy cream colored head. Light hop aroma. Taste is light hops and some pepperiness. Decent but average at best.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pretty basic pale ale hue-copper. Pretty cool aroma-sweetness with some hops. Mild carbonation. Somewhat thin body. flavor has some spice qualities going on-cant pinpoint them. Sweet lasting finish. interesting, but not all that great. thanks to whaleman on this one
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2004 Bottle. Bronze color and low carbonation. Aroma of herbs and caramel. Grass and malt flavors dominate. Bitter finish. Crisp palate but a little flat.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a thin, to non-existent, head. The aroma was very interesting, almost like a barley wine. Sweet hops, caramel, butterscotch, peanut brittle, and a bit of toast. The flavor really is awesome, subtle hops, kind of sweet, but not cloying. The malt was pleasant and present. A very tasty beer. Thanks to joet, the benevolent soul who sent this to the gathering, and those people who helped (or didn't mind) iwantalambic and me taking this home.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange amber colour with a creamy head. Light hop, dusty aroma, with hints of grapefruit rind, lemon, grass, and vanilla. . . Fairly sweet honey malt flavour with some interesting straw, grass and other natural flavours. Palate is creamy, slightly sticky and has some light malt. Good all around flavours and balance, a special treat. . . left over from the RB gathering, thanks Joet.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange out of the bottle with a pretty, off white head and a pleasant, non-descript nose. Nice malt sweetness with some citrus hop notes. Good enough for a pale ale, though I think my palate has been turned toward APA's more then the English counterpart. Thanks to fly for getting me this bottle.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
very little aroma, with average lacing and head; good carbonation mix not too much, not too little; surprising grapefruit taste with hints of vanilla and honey; sweet and sour with dry finish. I hear it goes good with cold chicken salad.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
may i first hail the great label art by the late peter stock, my best friend in high school. we drew a thousand fantasy beer labels in math class-- as the abstruse intricacies of geometry riccocheted fecklessly off the walls never coming close to penetrating our minds-- we were assiduous instead with pencil renderings of great bottle art. peter was also the designer of most gritty mcduff's labels (check out the black fly stout and portland head light to see the same hand caligraphy and filligreed borders). santa fe pale ale is a beer which had eluded me for years, so i owe great thanks to fly (alan) for sending me a sample. the beer's golden gurgling cascade into a glass was another beauty: like a frosted tangerine gelatin there, nearly solid with it's dense haze, warm yellowing navaho sandstone orange with a corpulent head the color of raw canvas. that's where the show ended however, i sniffed a lot of dead air where the aroma should have been. fragrances of vague cookie malts and orange peel rubbed on linen were just slightly more noticeable than my own nose hairs in terms of aroma. slight citrus tang accenturates a thin-bodied ale. i can imagine a better tasting experience among the pinon foothills around taos, where the cool lavender shadows lie soothingly over the coral soil, beside poppy orange mosaics of desert light. but here on a muggy bug-bitten twilight in ohio, as lawnmowers chatter away in the sullied murmmer of late summer, it's like just a pretty face in a magazine.