hopmaster (7) - redlands, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My "regular drinking" beer. There is always plenty in the fridge, and it is always a delight to enjoy one as the cap to a good, bad, or indifferent day. Iíve been enjoying Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for years, and through thick and thin, this beer has been great, and perhaps most importantly, *consistently* great. The folks at Sierra Nevada do a wonderful job. Bottle conditioning is something that I (as a homebrewer) appreciate. I am puzzled that this beer is not ranked higher that it is. Definitely in the top 5% of all readily available beers in the U.S., at least in the hoppy ale category. Love it. Drinking a Stone Arrogant Bastard right now and wishing it was a Sierra Nevada Pale ale. Best thing about my recent move to CA from WI? 2,045 miles closer to Chico, CA (where they make the golden nectar) than I was before!
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber gold with a small white head. Aroma was slighty hoppy, but rather boring. Flavor was nicely balanced - hop bitterness with a caramel malt sweetness. Good session pale ale.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
slightly bitter, on tap, very golden, fully carbonated, rather enjoyed this one.
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Volo. Pours clear deep gold with a tight little white head. Fresh aroma of fruit, hops and toasty. Grapefruit, caramel and pine. A little pepper in the finish. Itís just such a great little beer. Really balanced and flavourful.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An old standby that doesnít wow me the way it used to. Tastes change. Gold body, creamy head. Strong bitterness is accompanied by biscuty malt. Certainly the best beer I can get just about anywhere but no longer something Iíd search out.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Cafe Volo. Dark orange pour, small white head. Nice fruit hops in aroma. Medium bodies mouthfeel. Taste is decently bitter for the style, well balanced and rather sweet. This is a great example of not going overboard, just delivering a solid, drinkable pale.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 smells of vegetation...poors nice golden with very little head..tastes of hops and sweet in the begining and nice bitterness in the end....my new everday beer @14.00 a 12-12
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color, little white head. Sweet, caramel, fruity, dry and bitter aroma, rich and nice one. Bitterness coming from hops. Medium bodied. Flavor starts with sweet tones, ends with very strong bitterness and drought. Nice brew, my first American Pale Ale, reminds me of some IPAs.
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Its not "interesting" its not "complex" but it is definately bitter. My favorite beer of all time when I just want a "beer." Sure, I love my belgians, stouts and barleywines, but this beer just screams cascade, balance and simplicity.
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned (BB 10/2005)
Dark honey golden color with small off-white head. Nose has aromatic hops and honey sweetness. Carbonated soft palate with good chewy malts. Good hopping but not too bitter. Well-balanced pale ale.