1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Nice reddish/copper color. Medium creamy head. Aroma: Grapefruit. Palate: Moderate. Refreshing. Flavor: Grapefruit. A little bit bitter. We made a road trip to Bennoís on Greenfield for this one. Iím pretty sure I was drunk and that I may need to re-rate this one.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bennoís in Milwaukee. Deep clear coppery red body, medium off-white head. Piney, citrusy hops aroma with just a touch of caramel. Bright grapefruity hops dominated the palate; fresh hops seem to be this beerís calling card. Rind, pulp, the whole bit. Complexity, on the other hand, is not this beerís calling card; the malt bill was understated, and the beer lacked some of the rough pine and toast that are found in its otherwise similar Celebration Ale. That said, this is solid in and of itself, but weíve all had plenty of other APAs that rival it. Right?
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bennoís. Amber body, thick white head. LIght caramel aroma with grapefruit flesh notes. The flavor features the usual caramel malt along with a hint of dark molasses sweetness. Very bright grapefruit hop notes to be sure. Iím not going to call this beer unbalanced, there were ample quantities of sweet and bitter flavors, they just didnít blend well a la SNCA.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really dark Pale Ale of a beautiful golden-red. Smells of fresh hops. Taste is smooth and hoppy. Quite an amazing beer, really. Complex in itís simplicity...
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 ímore of a dark beerí 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 (7497) - 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 didnít 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 (5124) - 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.