NachlamSie (2834) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. During my drinking experience I couldn’t help but reference Sierra Nevada’s standard Pale Ale. This bears many similarties to that beer. It’s essentially identical in appearance and the aroma is pretty close too, though perhaps more rich. The flavor brings out a more complex hop profile. More grassy notes, melon, and an overall juiciness create a more satisfying drinking experience. This is a completely solid APA.
[Nov 10, 2007]------- wow, this tastes so much like pot.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 vintage. On draft at Moon and Sixpense. Bubbled pint. Pours copper amber, wonderful thick white head. Aroma is of wet hops, grass, herbs, earth, hay. Flavor starts with a light, toasted malt, caramel, which combines with the grassy, fruity, hop flavor in the middle, which then vears towards the herbal side.. The hop flavor on this beer is tremendous!! Just when you think the finish is over, the wonderful subtle bitterness comes in and becomes powerfully strong.. Beautiful lacing down the glass; perfect carbonation. This beer is an absolute treat, and is very near perfection- get it whenever you can!
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 11/05 Hopleaf. 10.5oz pour. Copper color. Nose is hoppy, piney, citrus, with honeyish undertones. Taste is wildflower honey, malt with lots and lots of piney, bitter hops. The finish is moderate ot full hops. About the perfect bitterness level. Mouthfeel is initally full but the bitterness is very drying and it finishes nicely with a lingering pine flavor and tingle.
On tap @ Falling Rock during 2006 GABF trip Aroma is grassy (not bad), herbal, & earthy. Smells and tastes (amazing enough) like wet hops right off the vine. Copper colored with a 1" head. Taste is earthy, herbal, grassy with some caramelly malt that gives it a nice balance. Moderate bitterness. Lingering fresh hops taste.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A better choice among the APA’s. Somewhat of a cherry flavour with a hint of orange. A definite winner.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Candy orange body with a thin head. Nose is a grassy orange that is well balanced against the malt. Flavour is orange creamsicles with a candy sweetness that is full and chewy. The tounge cleans to a strong bitterness with some acidity. Fluxuation of flavours and balance make this a very fun beer.
Tejas (891) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught --> Flying Saucer. Creamy body. Good hoppy cherry flavor which reminds me of Celebration. This seems to be Celebration’s little brother. Kind of surprised at the 98 rating.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Tap at O’Briens in San Diego. Amber body with a grapefruity and piney hop aroma. Some caramel. Sorta like a strange twist from their APA. Pretty enjoyable, and the other 99 times out of 100 I would have loved this, but there were 3 other 5 oz samples next to it I’m rating 4+/5 and a BA Numbskull. So yeah..
rerate from fresh 2007 bottle: nose is somewhat unexpressive, getting some fresh mowed lawn notes, but mostly muddled PNW hops. Flavor brings some of that magic flavor, but the house character and pale and caramel malts unfortunately dominate. Bitterness is moderate to high, but the hop flavor is lacking. Any IPA/APA (whatever it is) can have bitterness, but not all of them can get that great flavor of the wet hops. Dammit. For me it seems that wet hop beers are MUCH better on tap. 6/4/7/3/13
mjg74 (2571) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at O’Briens. Pours a medium ruby/amber color. Aroma is somewhat hoppy with a solid malty backbone. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness. Well balanced brew.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego. A very nice array of malt character built as a delivery vehicle for the hop array. IOW, nicely balanced with great hops flavors. I like it.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another wonderful product from sierra nevada. Good rich malt body and light caramel flavors with a wonderful hop bouquet and flavor. Hops are woodsy, and citrusy. Very fresh and clean hop profile.