SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at fat jacks 12/28/4. dark red, my companions thought that this was definately ’more of a dark beer’ but whatever. carmel, nicely hoppy, well balanced. i can see why this is a highly rated american pale ale. of course i wouldnt seek this out too often having such easy access to alpha king.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper/bronze colour. Another big hoppy beer. I didn’t realise it was made with green hops, but that certainly comes through. All the usual US hop character - pine, resin, floral notes, grapefruit, tropical fruit etc etc - in generous quantities. And its really fresh and juicy. Unlike some big hop beers, this retains a sense of decorum and, whilst not exactly subtle, it does have a touch of malt and other nuances that lend a touch of subtlety. Bitter, but in an assertive, rather than aggressive, way. Really nice. On tap at the Green Leafe Cafe, Williamsburg.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bennos. Copper color with a moderate off white head. toasted malt and mild citric hops. Toasted malt flavors dominate the front. Crisp and a touch sharp in the finish. Long and lingering hops acidity in the finish. Had the Celebration following and, while this ia very drinkable, just not up to the balance and flavors in the SNCA.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy well rounded hop and citrus friut aroma very smooth mouthfeel hop and hay taste, surprisingly full bodied yet as smooth as a nitro. Hard to fault will probaly rate higher if the next one is as good
Giant (4) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is an incredible wet-hopped ale. Nice and citric. Very nice body and color. A must have in autumn.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rich, hoppy flavor with a thick sweet/tart finish. I was very impressed with this beer.The citrusy hop bite came through in a big way.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
darker than the pale ale and with more flavor. but still similar to other s-n beers. the body has deeper flavors of citrus. it begins smooth and becomes bitter. avobe average for sn
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Logan’s Alley, Amber with a nice medium beige head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied with a nice citrus hop (grapefruit,lemon) flavor balanced nicely by a caramel malt backbone, leading to a nice bitter hop finish.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap @DBA, really enjoyed this one. nice and clear amber pour decent off white head. Nice lacing. Medium bodied with great hop character, finishing with malty smoothness. Yum.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color. Mild citric hop aroma with compementing caramel malt aroma and flavors. Subdued in both malt and hop profile - I was expecting something a little bolder or bigger. Thin to moderate body, clean finish. Good and interesting, but not as memorable as one might expect.