cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Pours a deep, deep gold colour. A bit of a tall white head, but the head is thin and doesnít last too long. Lacing is minimal. Nose is great, hops are strong, fruitiness, even a crispness comes through in the nose. A crisp hoppy/yeasty taste hits the pallette early. Finishes crisp and clean, with a nice bitterness to it. One of the best Pale Ales Iíve had.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Pours dark gold/amber. Smells as it tastes, bitter. Definitley smell the hops here. Nice and smooth going down with a bitter finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good one. No fan of pale ales, thi was excellent. Golden color, tight faomy head, Hoppy, and a bitter kick. I enjoyed this.
drooge99 (4) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2004 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tastes different from the glass than from the bottle. Pours a full solid with minimal head. Aroma is a dry citrus type, found similarly in the taste. Slightly bitter overtones, nothing to intense though. 5.6% alc makes this a very drinkable ale.
One of my true favorites.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
350ml brown bottle. Poured a clear carbonated amber with gd white head.Floral hops nose.Bitter grapefruit flavour with caramel malt notes- like a slightly stronger version of Honkers Ale. Pleasant mouthfeel & long bitter finish.
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice beer that I see gets a decent amount of respect here in the ratings. Still hard to think itís as high as the 90th percentile, but I digress. Nice flowery-hop aroma and toasty with a bitter aftertaste. Not too shabby.
larsniclas (6119) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with white and firm head.
Citrusy hop-aroma and flavour.
Fine maltiness and bitterness with toffee-notes.
drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a favorite of mine. Very bland taste for a pale ale, but a respectable beer with a cult following and a wide distribution area. Sierra Nevada is definitely one of the banner companies for American micros, especially now that Sam Adams has gone mainstream.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another "micro" that has the cult following...pours copper with a decent head that laces the whole glass...fruit then floral...small hint of sweetness followed by a nice coat of wool on the tongue...will definately order this at a restaurant that carries "exotics" over Shiner...
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The SN Pale Ale pours a bubbly golden orange with a decent white head that has good retention and laces the glass.
Its aroma is malty biscuit with some metallic hops.
The taste is biscuity malts up front with some faint floral hops and then a fairly harsh bitter aftertaste. It is medium bodied with a sticky finish.
Overall, Iím not too impressed. I was expecting more fruity notes to balance the bitterness. I can respect what this beer has done for the microbrewery business, but Iíve never been able to get into it.