MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The standard by which all other American pale ales are judged. And usually there when there is a shortage of good beer. Nice spicy hop aroma. Pleasing hop/malt balance. Very good beer.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of my standby ales. Good flavor overall. Good body. An ok beer that's usually always available in bars trying to handle real beer, but don't quite make the grade.
TheGeek (6) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth and full of flavor with a pinch of sweetness that really sets it all off. One of the better pales I've tried.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the session beer of choice at the bar i frequent most.... tastes like, um, well, a simple APA. smooth, a tad sweet, with a some decent hoppiness. this was the beer i drank a couple of years ago when i thought i was being cool.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful bitter hoppy aroma. Slightly orange color, lightly clouded with sediment. Strong Cascade presence, backed up by a somewhat sweet maltiness. An excellent brew considering it can be found almost anywhere
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Let me start out by saying this is a very enjoyable beer for multiple occasions. A little mild in the hop and malt aroma with a hint of pine. Poured light and clear with a clear copper color and a medium head. Flavor was balanced and very easy to drink. Mild hop malt and a touch of citrus. Palate was very smooth. A very nice American Pale Ale. I only wish it had a little more hop, pine flavor.
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my original standard against which I judged all other American Pales and IPAs. After they started filtering it, that changed. From the initial mildly bitter bite, which is well balanced with a slight maltiness, to the outstanding aromatic finishing, this beer is simply outstanding. I do miss the sediment of the old days, though....
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - NOV 12, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Pale Ale. Sierra has an unforgetable flavor that makes your mouth water for more
skuDZ (16) - Fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice smell of hops. Very strong rich tasting hops, nice and bitter. Not too exciting, but a great APA.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 With the split into the draft and bottled versions, I am making a new rating. Bright orange body with a thin white head. The aroma is dark bread with a little bit of oranges and and vanilla. The taste is orange peels, bread crust and some spicy black pepper in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.