Strykzone (5206) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was found to be quite a nice beer. Plenty citursy fruit in the aroma and in the flavor. Grapefruit was most evident but it was balanced with sweeter fruit. A distinct bitterness was also laying under the citrus. A nice effort by a top brewer.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 (Bottled) Iím used to their Pale Ale, which doesnít excite me, so I was encouraged to taste this. Itís got a good clean and hoppy taste with a citrusy influence and well balanced malt infusion. Good session beer, as it starts and finishes pretty clean and light. Nothing to blow you away, but itís better than the over-marketed Pale Ale (in my humble opinion).
NOTE: Due to the freshness (living in STL), I initiated my new kegerator with this brew & it has been well liked by many friends (most of whom arenít into good beers.)
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An enjoyable APA filled with citric scents and flavors. Bright orange with a creamy head, the aroma is a caramel malt liberally spiced with an orange hoppiness aided by a small squirt of grapefruit and a twist of lemon zest. The initial taste is like biting into an orange, but the sweet malt soon emerges followed by a nibble of tangerine. The finish is mildly bitter. Quite refreshing.
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JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Lightly hazed dark golden colored liquid. Huge taupe head. Mild grapefruit, with hints of mild caramel malt and just a slight touch of sulfur. Lightly toasted malts with a mild citric hops backdrop. Seems weak in the middle and only recovers slightly in the finish and linger. Seems to have some english qualities, but the hefty dose of bitterness does come out more as it warms and push it back to the american side.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Nov. 16, 2005 - Nice "light" hoppy aroma of citrus with grassy notes. Light flavor of citrus and is grassy here too...and a woodsy bitterness is left on the back of the tongue at the end. Pretty good. Not something that stands out a whole lot, I guess, but itís something Iíd like to drink often if it were available here. Solid brew.
steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 slightly hazy orange-gold body with dozens and dozens of tiny, tiny floaties milling about; decent white head; cheesy, or buttery, primarily, with citrus--grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a bit earthy, grassy; nothing exciting, and NOT cask conditioned--i had this sample come from a bottle.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy honey/gold color with a frothy one inch head that fades very slowly to a thin cap, and leaves sheets of lacing.
Smell; has more of a grassy, herbal smell instead of the citrus Iím used to in most APAs.
Taste; the herbal taste really stands out, with a little bitterness. It has a dry crispness in the finish, with just a touch of sweet caramel. This doesnít have a big hop profile like a lot of pale ales, but I think that can be a good thing. Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied. I would have no problem drinking a few of these.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 12z bottle. Sept 27, 2005 bottle date. Pale, orangish, yellow hue. Nice white head. Slight pine and citrus nose. Also a little rubbery and/or bubblegum. Medium bodied with a defined dry hop note. Not really bitter, just piney. Medium malt roast with hints of sugar and caramel. But I just keep coming back to the pine. Resinous with a little grapefruit. As the glass moves beyond half empty, the flavors meld a little better, the caramel comes out a little more and the hops mellow but linger. RERATE of the Dry-Hopper version. 12oz bottle. Hazy with an orange amber hue. Finger width of off-white head. Grapefruit and citrus nose mixed with a touch of sugar and a sl;ight caramel malt aroma. Bright crisp and nicely bitter. Medium bodied with a really nice palate. Tingling effervescence. Good malt backbone but totally overshadowed by the bright grapefruit citrus hop flaovr. Mild lacing yeast character. Tart resinous hop flavors. Hits the tart and bitter of the palate. Totally tasty!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hops, definitely. Pine, some lemon, diacetyl notes, and....pear? Some very light-fleshed fruit notes. Like a memory of a melon. Like...pears in butter. Overall, doesnít mesh, but not bad.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting that they brew 2 similar named beers - the Pale Ale and this one. I had this on tap at their pub. This has a sharper hop bite to it (I guess thatís why the other one is an English pale - a little warmer hop). Very smooth body like thin liquid caramel. Taste has a good balance of sweet and hoppy - the slight advantage given to the hops which would make it a fine session ale for me.