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...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma opens fills the nose with clean, fresh, citrusy, American hops. Clear, copper coloured with decent white head that recedes to cover with some patchy lace. Huge "C" hops in the flavour - orange, grapefruit, pine with very sweet underlying maltiness to offset. Bitterness feels restrained compared to all this malt, despite the abundance of hop flavour. Mouthfeel is gorgeous. It begs another sip constantly - you just want to have this in your mouth! Savoured with MartinT and Rastacouere on tap at Mugs Ale House (Brooklyn, New York).
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On at at Mugs Ale House in brooklyn. Bright clear amber. Creamy off-white head is sticky and won’t leave the pint. Very approachable and attractive C-hops aroma is well complmented by caramelic malt. Foresty. This is indeed incredibly well done, superior balance. This is almost worth its reputation and puts a shame to the existence of SNPA. Bitterness is restrained, orangey, cascade-ish. Refreshing on the tongue, the ultimate green hops/malt combination, honey notes, very fresh. Of course it’s not incredibly complex, but among the style, this has to be close to my favorite. This has quality written all over it. The culminating point for me is the mouthfeel. First sip was shouting 5 for texture all over the place. This is perfectly creamy, very airy, smooth, round.. Yum Yum, easy quaffer even.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Draft @ Falling Rock, Denver
Clear orange or amber colored, medium sized white head. Spicy brown sugar, lemon, bread and alcohol aroma, belgian-like really. Very flavorful and full of hops. Fresh tasting, with some grassy marzen qualities as well... fantastic stuff, though more hopped than I would prefer.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wasn’t as impressed with this one as others... Didn’t seem to have much of aroma, just light malt. Pretty light and smooth. Good amount of hops for a American Pale Ale.
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at O’Briens - This is one unreal pale ale. A little less sweet and cloying than the regular SNPA so its about perfect for the style. A copper color with a moderate head. Flavor is perfectly balanced with some strong orange peel. Great stuff!
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, rich red, some off-white cream head. Generous aroma...would you say "hoppy"? Big bitterness, good, smooth moderately creamy palate. It gets better with each sip. (on tap, Gingerman, Dallas, TX)
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orangey hops tempered with biscuty malts. Sweet maltiness with balanced bitterness and a firm mouthfeel. Simple and satisfying. Finnishes with hops bread, and a little melon.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 On tap@O’brien’s: Burnt amber color with a very small (bar pour) head. Sweet fruity aroma with a hint of grass. Rich tangy start that bites the tongue balanced by the caramel malt and a lightly bitter-sweet finish. Crisp, smooth and clean. Nice.