KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess Iím not a fan of the hoppy stuff, this included. Cloudy copper color with some of that hoppy stuff in there. Eh.
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For once Iíve drunk a beer that could have been a touch colder. Circumstances dictated consumption straight from the bottle so I didnít get a great look at the colour and nose. Hard to fault the taste; medium weight with a nice lick of hops and well balanced malts hit the mouth early. Quite a broad soft finish for the style. Interesttingly this APA stood out early in my recent US trip but sorta fell back to the pack as I progressively made my way east. Still, for what seems to be a high production beer this is impressive.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy. Not much of a head. Faint sweet and sour flavor aspect. Decent and drinkable.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great pale. A lot of pales i taste just dont have the punch I expect when I think Pale. Good citrus and pine in the aroma and the flavor has hints of grapefruit and some nice malt balance. Appearance was the only disappointing factor as I didnít see much head. Still, itís very good beer.
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Bottle: Out a bar, so straight from the bottle...so my appearance and aroma ratings are a little skewed, but I will rerate soon.
The aroma was minimal, but like I said this is from the bottle itself.
Iíve had it before I got into rating and enjoying good beers and the appearance was very good from distant recolection.
The palate was very good, it had an excellent mouth feel that was smooth and cool on the tounge.
Flavor was definitly hoppy, but not sure it was as potent as many claim it is. I felt it lacked maltyness and also carbonation for my particular taste (I like carbonation).
Iíve had it again and again, and it continues to grow on me.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Though Iím not a fan of hop-heavy beers, Sierra Nevada is just about at my hop threshold. Hoppy enough to really show off that taste, but not obscenely so that makes the taste to strong and obnoxious. Full bodied tastes of sweet malt and sweetíníspicy hops that are robust, but lack in complexity. A very clean tasting, crisp beer!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i finally got around to trying this highly touted brew...pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with wispy white head. the aroma is very mild, showing off the hops and light amounts of caramel malts. flavor is very mild as well, but feels very solid in your mouth. tastes are mirrors of the aroma, light caramel malts followed my a generous amount of hops with a perfect amount of bitterness to balance out the beer, but not become lip-puckering or lingering. a surprisingly solid mouthfeel and decent amount of body for the style...very crisp and refreshing, why didnt anyone mention that this was so good.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one many times but this rating is from notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Light amber. Light hoppy aroma. Malty and well hopped flavor. Dry light bitter finish. This is a decent beer.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper with an off-white head. Lacy and a bit fizzy. Smell is grassy and hoppy. Floral hops and light citrus aromas.
Taste is just above average. Grassy and creamy pale malt. A nice hop profile and crsip. A bit fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Nicely balanced. A bit creamy and very very drinkable. Refreshing. The ultimate fallback beer and an old favorite of mine.
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Iím not really into pale ales. But this is better than most. Unfortunately, I still donít like beer this light. So if you like pale ale, go for it.