DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Funky milky soapy aroma with notes of sourness. Maybe hints of caramel malts in there. Well, this makes up for the aroma. Very toasty and malt-city. Very rich and yummy. Transparent copper color with a small off-white head. A pleasant surprise! (5/4/8/5/15) ~~~~~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~~~~~~12 ounce bottle from a 12 pack that my father brought back from Maine. Aroma is initially spicy and lightly herbal. After a few seconds, this becomes sweet, and butterscotch-like. Laced with diacetyl. burnt rubber, too. Transparent orange-copper body with a smallish, off-yellow head. Starts sweet, sugary, and super buttery. Tons of diacetyl here. Becomes a little astringent towards the finish with a bit of an herbal, and spicy hop kick. Flawed. Just not good.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 I am all for US brewers coming through with the English pale instead of always giving us the west coast version. But this one falls a little short. I found a metallic flavor that held it back from top marks. Please keep trying, we need the variety
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Beautiful amber copper color with a moderate white head. Floral hoppy aroms, light caramel maltiness with a little toast. Decent malty backbone with bold and assertive hops and a pleasant lightly sweet finish. Medium body and perky carbonation.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber, slightly hazy honey color. Low to moderate carbonation. Thin head, quickly diminishing. Sweet hoppy aroma, but with a little bit of irony maltiness, which I presume will be chewy on the palate. The malts were chewy. Sweet resiny hopiness. Interesting, like its daddy was an IPA and its momma was an Amber. Well crafted.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet ringwood aroma, fluffy head, copper in color. Sassy hop flavor with tight bitterness and a rounded, sweetness. Slight hop tingle on the finish. Decent drinker a nice English pale.
fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance of this beer was alright; copper in color, with an unimpressive head. The aroma was mediocre as well. But the flavor has some very nice bitterness in the finish, making it an above average English-style pale ale. It's a bit on the hoppy side for the style, which for me is a plus.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. I like how shipyard has crafted thier brews after historic people of Maine(chamberlain and longfellow) I think this should be classified as an english pale ale. Lots of diacetyl, from the ringwood, just like all thier beers. Moderate amount of either fuggles or EKG in aroma. Taste is nicely balanced between light crystal malt and some hops. Not very bitter. Fairly smooth, with ligth/mod. body. One of the better brews from shipyard.
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An incredibly solid and drinkable craftbrew. Great label, light PA and seafoam camel-colored head with flecks. Lots of English PA character -- buttery, fully-brewed hops and a good overall ale flavor schedule -- a little tannic, well-hopped without being crude or edgy. The foam tastes a little brassy. I was very impressed with the palate and the finish -- proper CO2. Enjoyable and very highly recommended. (This rating just goes to show you the difference between the APA hophead culture and a true English-style PA appreciation...)
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper hue. Sticky whitish head. Fruity nose, apples and the like. Starts sweet and smooth, caramel very evident. Medium body, lots of carbonation. Finishes dry and smooth. Very pleasant. Herbal and lightly bitter hops round out this brew well.
BillKismet (3515) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a healthy head this beer has a decent malt backbone that is combined finely with malt to produce a simple, but acceptable harmony for a moderately tasty amber ale.