illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 I know this is a commercial beer, but it does not warrant the lower ratings. This to me is a classic american pale. Sure there are some better examples out there, but this is easy to get and always good. Amber in color, and very slight haze. Medium-high citrus aroma. Very nice balance of bitterness and maltiness. Slightly spicy finish. Solid beer that deserves a better score.
loseratheart (110) - USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Very well rounded beer. Full of citrus and hops. Smooth tasting with enjoyable palate. Not that versed with American Pale’s, but I was pleased. Hops were well represented with hints of caramel hops.
ihopgod (12) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m not a huge pale ale fan but this is a great example of a good hoppy beer. Crisp hop bite, typical floral nose. All natural ingredients which is better than St. Louis urine.
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: malty, fresh hop and a touch of passionfruit and pine. Appearance: amber, tiny head and slightly hazy. Flavour: malty, hoppy flavour and bitterness. Nicelay balanced. A touch fruity and pine needly. Palate: medium and nicely carbonated with a bitter aftertaste.
stouby (4456) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Delirium Cafe.
Orange with white head, mostly diminiishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, heavy hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, watery/oily, soft carbonated. High quality malt and hops (ecological), rich in taste.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Amber color with fizzy off-white head. Ok retention. Fairly carbonated.
Well hopped citrus aroma and taste. Maybe a little grassy. Light to medium body that was a tad watery, but not too bad. Clean hoppy citrus finish. A solid beer, but nothing to make me do backflips.
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first true APA that I have tried actually brewed in America and I can’t quite see the fuss. Australian examples seem to hold more resolve and this just came off playing second fiddle, or is it just the fact it cost me close to 9 AUD for a half pint. Pours a sparkling medium gold with a huge flurry of fine carbonation raising to an enormous cauliflower white head that continued to expand in the stein. I must say it looked good!! Tangy and juicy tangerine, guava, lime and grapefruit nose with an underlying hint of lawn clippings; normal by-products of the hops used. Seems to work though! Light in body and soft in carbonation becoming soapy as it warms. Spicy and tangy, fresh mix of citric fruits similar to the nose with a very light bready yeast note mid-palate and a hint of vanilla and toasted malt coming in when it warmed. Lightly bitter in the back; it did finish quite fresh and tangy. A decent pale ale, but really bog standard. Average!!! (35cL, 07/07/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 A nice beer. A beer I feel good about drinking. A little more bitter than I prefer, but overall a refereshingly clean quality commercially available beer for the discriminating beer drinker.
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 I was expecting this beer to be a lot worse, if only because it is Sierra Nevada’s most popular brew, and we all know what that usually means. But I am honestly quite surprised: this is a high quality brew; they haven’t made it too bland to suit the masses. Very dry, fairly bitter. I think the malt flavour is weaker than it could be, but overall I like this one.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A favorite when it comes to ales. Wonderful aroma, great body with a hint of bitterness. One of the better pale ales IMHO. Enjoy one today.