mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Bottle- Great pale ale and readily available. Tastes great and goes down easy. Definitly worth a try.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
To me itís one of those IPAís that you get at a bar because it readily available. Not to say itís bad, because itís not. I like it. Not my favorite IPA, and nothing to get all worked up about. Itís good though, and perfect for a session night, if you know what i mean. Hoppy, light bodied, smooth textured, nicely bitter.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Of all the beers with an abv < 6%, this is my favourite. This beer is very íhopsyí sic somewhat bitter, but is, withjout a doubt, the best IPA available. I would highly reccomend this beer
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
enjoyable! aromas of grapefruit, bit banana, hopresin and some caramel. taste: bitter, nice hop(pine), bit sweet, some fruit. finishes bitter and fruity. looks great too. nice one.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, rich caramel, and pine needles. Taste is spruce hops and sweet toffee maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly resinous with medium carbonation. Nice acidity. One of my first favorite macros, still enjoyable.
sacredawe (1) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 This is a great inexpensive and common pale ale. Itís flavor is mildly bitter and acidic with average hoppiness for a pale ale . It is quite pleasant, however it is slighltly watery and leaves a slightly wanting aftertaste. The best part about the beer is the aroma. It is a lightly pungent grassy acidic smell that is wonderful. Though not the most amazing tasting beer, it is still good. I like it primarily because it has a lot of character that comes out in the aroma, the appearance (nice light froth head and beautiful pale dark golden amber), and its market presence, being inexpensive and common, where you usually find the junk beer. I highly recommend this one if you want something a little different, lighly robust, and cheap.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 11/11/2005. 350ml bottle-conditioned, from Regional Wines.
Dark end of golden amber. Very light-tan disappearing head. Lots of "bits" floating about, which I find quite appealing. Just the odd bubble. Iím a bit taken aback by the big toffee-ish malt aroma, reminiscent of whisky, and a hint of apple esters, I was expecting huge hops. Hops then come through with allusions to pears and citrus, absolutely gorgeous. Big flavour - caramel, toffee, resinous hops. Slightly spritzy in the mouth, which disappoints a little. Med-mouthfeel. Good - just not as good, in the mouth, as I had hoped from the lookínísniff.
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At last a decent US "micro" (yes, Iím aware of the irony considering the breweryís output) reaches us here in the great Australian beer desert. With the recent surge in Australian-made APAs, Itís a pleasure to try one of the beers that defines the style. On my last Californian trip I sampled the Celebration Ale and Bigfoot but somehow overlooked this. It poured a classic burnt orange with a rocky 1cm head that showed only moderate retention. The aroma is where it comes to life: the glorious grapefruit tang of Cascade hops, pine resin, some soapy notes and some sort of wild honey strain. A nice, full mouthfeel gives way to a soapy-smooth finish. Shows some caramel malt upfront before developing that puckering, resinous giníníbitter lemon swallow. Itís a very smooth customer, not a rough edge in sight. Perhaps itís local conditioning but Iím going to commit the mild heresy of agreeing with Allovate that this doesnít quite match Little Creatures. (350ml bottle, IBS Perth, bb 7/7/06)
Bailz316 (255) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden amber with frothy white head. Citrusy aroma, orange the most prominent. Grapefruit most notable flavor on the palate. Hoppy. Finish is bitter and dry. A very nice refreshing beer.
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice amber appearance with good clarity. Light tan head, fairly long lasting. Flowery yet smooth initial taste, gives way to a slightly more bitter, long lasting finish. The key word to everything about this ale is íbalanceí. One taste and it is evident this is a very carefully crafted beer.