JFGrind (1842) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
We were lucky enough to get the last keg in the Philadelphia area at the Grey Lodge Pub. I got to drink the first beer from the keg after tapping it and was very impressed by this APA. Fresh hop aroma and taste overwhelms you when you first sip this beer. Iím thinking the hops used are Tettanger or Willamette. No matter what hops is used this beer is great! A hop lovers beer come true. If you can find it try it! Iím next going to try mixing this beer with some draft porter for an over the "hop" black & tan.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 -re rate, 07 Oct 2007: Itís in bottles for the first time. Clear reddish amber color, frothy white head, tangy hoppy flavor with some malt backbone, this is a well crafted brew.
------- draft. brown/orange color w/ lots of up front hops. very smooth finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. This was just wonderful. A nice deep amber color with a light head. Aroma and flavor were both dominated by the hops used. There is a nice malt base, but "hop" is the word with this beer. Quite nice.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
another good seasonal beer. heavier for an IPA (but thatís a good thing). Lighter then everyrhing else iíd tonight (ie i lost the subtlties)... still not bad
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Very impressed by this one. More malts than the pale ale, which i love (both the pale ale and malts). A little better in my opinion, very well balanced between malts and hops, considering they were both extremely strong. Iím looking forward to downing a few more pints this weekend.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was truly floored by this beer. You just never know what to expect with "harvest ales". They sort of run the gammit between dark/light, hoppy/malty, etc. The last thing I expected was a high-octane pale. The malts provided a gentle field upon which the hops played itís masterful game. Loads of hops ... enough to make it an IPA -- although it is listed as a Pale Ale here. Great balance ... this is truly a perfect autumn beer.
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium red color with a hint of orange. Served on draft. Average carbonation and head for a draft beer of this style. Hoppy, fruity aroma, along with a little caramel. Very upfront citrusy hop flavors (Cascade?). Amber-y malts are here as well, but if I had tasted this blindfolded I would have certainly guessed it was an IPA. Finish has some of the caramel/amber malt flavor, and more predominantly the piney, citric, juicy hops. Pretty well balanced. Definitely more hopped than the standard Pale Ale. Good stuff.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 On Tap at Rich Oís in New Albany, Indiana. A nice offering but I like the regular Pale better.
Rerate from draft at Falling Rock. GABF 2005: poured deep amber with a thick beige head. Big hop aroma. Rich creamy body full of citrusy and grassy hops. Massive bitterness. Lacing all the way down the glass. Moderate sweetness. Great beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting beer....not as hoppy as the regular pale....the maltiness finishes the beer well.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap 10/2002. Beautiful amber color with sticky white foam that coats the glass as it goes down, HUGE hop aroma and flavor with just enough malt to keep it balanced (spoken like a true hophead!). My only problem was how freakiní dry my mouth was after just one pint of this stuff!!!!!