SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Maybe I poured it too quickly, but that head was enormous. It stuck around for a bit, too. Aroma is good. Floral hops, a little piney and a tad sour from the citrus. It starts off bitter and dry with citrus and piney hops dominating. Let it warm and the hops mellow out and some smooth malts and caramel appear, allowing for a smooth and slightly dry finish. Itís a good staple beer.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really nice beer. One that you can normally get many places so if this is one of the choices you canít go wrong with it. It makes a strong showing in the pale ale catagory. Good color, great taste. Really a wonderful beer. I have never had it and wished I had picked something else.
stowenbrau (4) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 mild hops and some malt sweetness in aroma, pale gold in color with moderate beige head, mild fruity and spicy flavor with slight but crisp hop bite at the finish, soft smooth mouthfeel, on the whole, a very well balanced beer that iíll take any day
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a light amber colour with little head. The nose is hoppy, with some light fruits, grapefruit, lemon, and a very faint musky nutty aroma which keeps this from turning into lemonade :P
the palate was carbonated with a refreshing zesty finish. a nice light beer.
oh6gdx (24903) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Bottled. Reddish golden colour with foamy white head. Fruitish malty aroma. Very fruitish and fresh flavour with hints of caramel. Makes Mouth a bit sticky. 6 3 6 3 13
Bottled. Re-rate Feb 07: Cloudy reddish orange colour with big foamy off-white head. Aroma is strong flowery hops along with cooked vegetables. Flavour is grassy and caramellish with some hops kicking in. 6 4 7 4 13.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very good beer brewed in california. tough to get on the east coast. i thought this beer was pretty good although this was not the best beer that i have ever tasted it still was a great after dinner beer
joergen (25643) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma of malts, pine needles and hops.
Flavour i dominated by hops with notes of malts and pine needles.
Not the best pale ale Iíve had.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sierra Nevada is one of the most respected breweries an dwith just cause, their line of beers are quite tasty. This is their signature brew adn one look of this golden colored ale is enough to entice any beer enthusiast. The taste is crisp with a great balance of the hops. If you are hanging in the bar and are looking for a great beer to hang with then give this a try.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You know it. Its the mother of APAs, like it or not. Nice head,nice aroma, nice color, nice flavor. Easy to drink but also gives ya something to ponder. I do prefer the draft version myself. Enjoy! Bert
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What can I say that hasnít been said. Itís the classic. Pours a straw yellow with a restrained head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine wafts from the glass. The flavor is clean and simple. A tried and true idea of adding a great amount of piney cascade hops and lite caramel malts to make a great beer. Some really overdo the bitterness or try to get cute and deviate far from this recipe. Not that experimentation isnít great, but I have yet to try a true APA that was better than this classic.