KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer. It's a shame they don't sell it all year. Great floral, hoppy nose, beautiful ruby color, and a wonderful palate pleasing taste.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a wonderful beer. I had it on draft and the keg was two years old! It was delicious. We used CO2 to dispense the beer but the head was so tight and creamy it appeared to have been poured with a nitrogen / CO2 mixture. This really is a great effort by Sierra Nevada and it makes me feel better about the brewery since I think their flagship pale ale has been slipping in flavor in recent years.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color with a thin bead of foam on top. Great, thick maltiness to back up a wonderful hop palate. Assertive bitterness but definitely well balanced and enjoyable.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice color and smell. Great fresh, bitter taste with a nice bite at the end. Great all around beer.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: Amber, fair amount of carbonation. Creamy head. Hoppy and tangy taste. Altogether, tasty.
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Even better than their "regular" pale ale, which is probably my favorite beer...this one has a tad bit sweeter taste, not so much a charred taste like the pale ale...get it while its good...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: golden orange, creamy and smooth. Big sweet floral aroma. . . much better balanced that the pale ale, all around great flavour, wonderful lasting hop flavour on the tongue. This is a great beer!
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. This was a great beer! Got it in Chicago and can't find it near me. Great color. Great nose. Perfect balance of hops. Touch of citrus. I Want more.
Packageman (2) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 17, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. Had in Denver during GABF. It seems most Harvest Ales I had were "lets see if we can make the hoppiest beer alive" but this one had the malt to back the hops making it well balanced and delicious. This brewery continues to put out the best beers no matter how big they get.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour a deep amber to almost copper color, the head modest, the texture frothy and the lace sufficient to cover the glass. Nose is malt dominated with a nice underlying hop floral spiciness, crisp, fresh and a treat to the senses. Malt also controls the start, the top middling in feel, finish is wallopingly acidic, spanking in its hop presence, and the aftertaste hop bitter and long lasting. A real treat as this beer never seems to make it out of California, and just another reason to support the “Great People” at Papago Brewing for bringing this beer to Arizona.