ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Draught @ Redbones 11/04. Well well well, after 3 years of searching for this beer, here it is, in the pint in front of me. Not too bad looking for an APA, though to be fair, the Cisco I just drank looked much deeper, darker, and cloudier. This one was more of a yellow-cream color, with dark beige and light honey-orange tones. Small white head, mostly clear body. Aroma has hops, yes, and light yeast, but it is not hugely hoppy, nor extremely bitter. Fresh and light it is, with notes of tangerines, mint, pine sap and orange blossom honey. Flavor starts out restrained, interesting, I’m getting lots of sweet caramel malt and then the hops second, which are moderately bitter, but only lightly citric. A good dose of yeast is apparent, and is enjoyable, for me at least, as I’ve always liked Sierra Nevada’s yeast strain. Finish has a zip of carabonation, a good amount more citrus flavor (light lemon zest and oranges) and ends with a note of lightly toasted malt (probably caramunich or something similar). It’s a good deal sweeter than I expected, but has a very warm feel to it, with a medium body and a smooth consistency. Whereas Cisco’s Harvest is much sweeter and malt dominated, this has a thinner body, but showcases the green hops more effectively. A very good beer, to be sure.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 On tap at the Crescent Moon. Clear copper brown in color. No red overtones like the oktoberfest. Grassy and hoppy aroma. Nice load of bittering hops to the taste, malt is less than the Celebration. Maybe a little more balanced than say, the Wheat or Celebration, but not as tasty as either. Grapefruit hops plays out the strongest. This beer went fast at the Moon and was gone before you could say "1056."
UPDATE: 6/23/6, Had this again on tap at Brewski’s in Fayetteville AR. Big nose candy aroma, sweet floral hops. Green fresh hops are present throughout this beer from beginning to middle to end. Sticks to your tongue.
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Map Room. Very crisp hop nose, which also dominates the taste. Mostly just a bunch of hops thrown in. Found this to be lacking in many subtlties. Much like many of the overhopped beers one pint is fine, but anything more woudl destroy the palate.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Coppery brown, orange highlights, w/ a lasting off white head. Citrusy and piney hops, bready toasted malt, light caramel sweetness in the aroma, also lightly fruity. Bitter and hoppy w/a semi dry finish. caramel and toasty malt flavor, citrusy hops in the finish & aftertaste. Well balanced by malt flavor, moderately fruity. Prickly higher carbonation(may be the establishments fault), sort of burns from carbonation, medium body, dry m/f. A very good pale ale, not my favorite style, but a very good representation.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, with a good-sized white head. Floral & grassy hops in the nose.
Medium sweet flavor, some caramel, backing up a big floral hop kick.
omhper (19185) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled draught at O’Briens, San Diego.
Clear nut bown. Somewhat restrained grapefruity hop aroma. Clean straight forward malt profile. Lingering salty bitter finish.
roder60 (1282) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Fatheads, Pittsburgh. Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a some offwhite head that stays as long as you are drinking the beer. Aroma is very good mix of citrus and caramel. Flavor is strong bitter taste we all know and love, but much more mellow than celebration which I liked. Overall, very good pale ale, much better than celebration if you ask me.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 Newly bottled as Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale:
Nutty sweetness and citrusy, leafy hops inhabit a crisp, prickly mouthfeel until resinous bitterness sets in. A beautiful quaffer, even though it’s 6.7% abv. 3.7/5
(On tap at Mug’s in November 2004): Cascadey panache hovering over bustling earthy caramel malts...Extremely generous mouthfeel remains quenchable and portrays the searing resinous bitterness with aplomb...A perfect pillowy balance of medium intensity earns this pale ale a comfortable royal position in the pantheon of the style...4.3/5
(On tap at Mug’s in November 2006): Subdued citrusy hops and caramel malts create a subtle balance...All is much too clean and understated to rouse any emotion...This is a shadow of the pint I had had at Mug’s last year, a huge deception...3.4/5
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought the aroma was a bit lacking, but the palate was full of wonderful hop flavors. The beer was hoppy, but not overly bitter. This beer taste like a cross betwen SNPA and Celebration Ale. Well balanced.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear shimmering copper, thick and sticky off white head. Great aromas of a rainy pine forest, white grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, with caramel coated biscuits adding a sweet touch. Hop bitterness bursts forward initially, but slowly dwindles as the sweet malt bill rounds things out. Great balance. Full bodied for a pale ale, soft carbonation and smooth, sticky, semi-sweet, dry citirc finish. If only this was bottled...