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. I’m 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 it’s 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 (2621) - 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 (1976) - 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 O’s 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 freakin’ dry my mouth was after just one pint of this stuff!!!!!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap 10/02. Definately the best best offering from them. Dark copper color. Big tan head. I dont know about the fresh hops but this had a huge hop bite. Nice malt balance. Reminded me of Bear Republics Hop Rod Rye a little. Sierra had been running on sentimental points for awhile but not any more.
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Draft: Gigantic citric and grassy aroma blanketed with nutty caramel malt. Flavors are grainy and chewily bready/caramelly malty. Too much acidity toward the center with prevalent notes of orange rind that lessens the malt richness. Balanced, very bready finish, although the acidity ends up detracting from the brightness of the hops. Lovely hop burps. It’s just too acidic. Malts do develop nicely as it warms. Resembles SNPA with identical attention to detail and twice the malt and hops. Given the array of hoppy beers on the market today, there’s no longer the need to go out of your way to try this.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very inviting fresh hop aroma is immediately noticed. on the palate, although the hops are still dominant, this one evened out a bit.
robtdaw99 (3) - USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Terrific ale. Great hops flavor and balance.