SpringsLicker (3131) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is easy to see why this is a benchmark beer. It's high quality, assertiveness, and ready availability have made it the beer that is "American Pale Ale". It's simplicity is classic, yet refined. A beer that is good to come back to from time to time with never any regrets.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a medium-sized white head. A slightly above average APA, weak on hoppy flavor.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber pour, with a nice aroma. Almost like a malty IPA, but not quite there. Much better on tap (remarkably so). A bitter taste that can become overbearing if you drink too much. It's a very fine example of the APA.
yupnc (2) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Certainly, not the best beer on the planet - but it will never do you wrong. This beer is always fresh and tasty.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
it has a nice and tight white head that loves to lounge. pale gold body, fizzy - tiny bubbles. weak aroma, but refreshing and hoppy. it has a nice bitter bite with minimal malt backing that comes with a shy yet juicy citrus punch. it's crisp and reminiscent of herbal tea. it's nothing anywhere near a miracle and nowhere deep in complexity, but it's damn drinkable.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn't care much for this beer, had it on tap, bitter. Didn't finish. Most people I know really like this beer, but I'll pass next time. The other options for me on tap were Coors Light, and Bud Light, so this was the obvious choice.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
To me, this beer is forcibly hoppy and anything but "full-bodied" or "complex" as the brewer claims. One nice thing is that it is always fresh, I suppose, because everyone and their momma drinks the stuff. I find it too bitter and unbalanced. Not a very pleasant or refreshing beer unless it is quite cold and poured on my head on a hot day. I could think of a more than a few other APAs from the west I'd rather drink, like Blue Heron, Anchor Liberty, or Mirror Pond that are just as available and inexpensive.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like other beers from this brewery, hops are definitely present...hallelujah! Amber-colored, decent head, and a citrus-y flavor.
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh highly hopped aroma, pours with a copper hue and frothy head, highly hopped with a firm body, very bitter finish, a fine APA.
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
One confession straight-away...I loathe the Pale Ale. As such my review is appropriate. I find this beer to be the #1 most overrated beer on the market. I've tried over and over and over to acquire its taste, each time failing. I cannot stomach the bitterness. All hops no malt. I take the blame for such a contrarian review...I obviously must be to blame here. I'm the metaphorical mobile home in the tornado of glowing praise (an all-too-appropriate analogy for many of you, I presume).