invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the beer that got me hooked. Nice floral hop nose, sweet malt balanced with bitter hop finish. Great Pale Ale - this will always be the standard I judge other American Pale Ales.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Bottle. This pale ale is on my don’t list. Rather unremarkable, flat, buffered, commercial, mass produced flavor. It is however, dry and somewhat bitter. Also cheap. Available everywhere though. Can’t hold a candle to some of the better Oregon APAs including the weak Full Sail pale ale. 10/5/04: Seeing this stuff get slammed makes me happy as hell. I just dropped it from 2.5 to 2.1. I had it much lower once but raised it after all the flack I caught. 10/25/04: had a 12 ozer and it still sucks. 7/23/05: I purposely rated this below what it really deserves just to piss you SNPA fanatics the f*ck off.
Radek Kliber (6390) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pale ale is fairly simple in build. Yet in simplicity success is hidden. Texture, body and just right aftertaste made this beer great.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
better than most. one of the defining cascadey hopped american pale ales. when it warms, or when you've tasted a few before, you can see past the hops and enjoy this nice beer
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice pale ale. Amber color, no head retention. Fresh citrus hops aroma. Very clean taste... hops are not overpowering, finish is clean and crisp. I feel I would enjoy this beer a lot more in July than December, but that won't affect my rating. Very good pale ale.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my go-to beer. I couldn't believe I hadn't given it a proper review.
Pours a golden color, nice and clear with a great head and a wonderful lace down the glass.
The scent is of wonderful hops with some citrus scents.
Tastes awesome. The hops are prefectly balanced with the malt sweetness. This is *the* pale ale that all others must measure up to, forgive the dangling participle...
Mouthfeel is full and crisp.
And this is by far the most drinkable beer I've ever had. As I stated at the begining, this is my go-to beer. It goes well with anything, has nothing offensive, and has *just* enough hops to make it great.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light caramel/dark hay color. Hop aroma hinted by vanilla. Carbonation jumps on the tongue with a clean hop surge. Finishes quickly with a bite of bitterness. Just ok.
Fountainhead (1) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The perfect stand-by...my "house" beer, if you will. Nice hop aroma and flavor. Very clean. Goes well with a spicy meal. If you can find it on tap, order it.
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very little head. Poured a nice light amber color. Didn't really "stick around" in my mouth much for me (ie, very little aftertaste). Hops and bitterness are there, but at a nice level. I'm not very good at distinguishing smells but there's something there and I like it.
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great hop flavor to this brew. Kind of a amber pour with a head that lasts for a few seconds. Clean taste at first and then you get the hops on the back of the tounge. Excellent brew for the novice to the pro.