TipsyMcStager (1127) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
moderate hoppy aroma with sharp candy and spices. Pours golden yellow, yeasty floaties; head quickly diminishes. Body is a bit light. Spicy and hops in the flavour.
haddon90 (1373) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 I've always been a fan of Sierra Nevada. With this being their flagship beer, I think they did a good job. Nice flavor and good color. Very well balanced. Aroma has hops springing out of the glass.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Major re-rate- So I have found the hops in my palate and I actually find this to be one of my more frequented beer. Little hops in the nose, not overpowering, hops in the taste, pretty consistant. Pretty darn good.
ross (2028) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
an alright pale ale. not worth 7.99 a 6 pack like the harris teeter charges. give me anchor liberty ale!
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice gold color with a good sized head. this is a well balanced beer overall that isn't over the top on any one aspect. good stuff.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap at the Griffin Grill and Pub in Battle Creek, MI.) Zippy and hoppy, super fresh aroma. With a medium golden appearance, a bare hint of foam and an appropriately thin palate, this is a pure, single-note, quality brew. It's not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but it's definitely a fine pale ale.
BOZJT (7) - EXTON, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is very enjoyable. Golden color, not much head, nice bitterness. Overall a good pale ale.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 On tap, but I don’t think it was a very fresh keg. I’ll need to rerate with a bottle I have sitting in the fridge. In any case, appearance was still spot on, the aroma was the usual citrusy hoppy breadiness. The palate was nice, just a touch of bite. The malt and hops, although balanced, had a more subdued impact than I was remembering. Sprucy and grapefruity, definite Cascade traits, but the flavors were a bit mute, almost like looking through a veil. Will definitely rerate with the bottle version soon. Rerate - bottle version gets +1 for flavor. This is the bottle rating version, will go back later to pick up another tap sample.
guzzler67 (1474) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 This beer is the standard bearer for American Pale Ales, and is probably one of the most popular beers when the choices are limited to macrobrews. The high standards of the brewer and overall quality ensure its consistancy. Enough has been said about the aroma, flavor, etc, so I will not bother to rehash it. Truly an above average offering.
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smooth taste and a little bit of bitterness. overall a fine pale ale that wont disgust anybody.