maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard APA... Very high drinkability to it- you can kill a 6-pack and not even know it. Relatively high Alcohol% gives it a nice kick. Distinctly bitter taste, but goes down with hints of grapefruit.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is a classic pale ale. the very good yardstick to measure all other pale ales
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 What can anybody say that hasnít about this ale maybe applaud the excellent work done on perfecting a unique bottle and label that sets the expectations.
It pours out a clear light orange with a nice head that fades fast but into a nice creamy top that laces nicely.
The smell is hoppy with bitter orange and pine notes that make you realize this is not your average mass produced ale.
Taste is only slight malt with more hops and citrus but not a strong grapefruit taste but more like lemon/orange with a nice dry light bitter finish.
This is not a heavily carbonated beer and feels great in the mouth.
One of those beers that taste great and begs you to have another.
Note: This beer is available in almost any grocery store in NH and reasonably priced. Only wish SN would distribute more of their other beers.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a hoppy ale with citrus flavors. a bit watery with subpar mouthfeel especially when compared to the better pale ales including the alpha king. not much depth here but a decent beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite clear with some small opaque floaters. Amber with a creamy off white head. Distinct hop and perfume aroma with caramel, malt, some burnt toast and celery. Very complex, delicate and well balanced flavor and palate. The body is rich but not too heavy. The hop flavor satisfys but leaves you wanting more. The bitterness hits right on, not too harsh and is a counterpoint to the malty sweetness. When I first has this ale on 1985 I thought it was too much. Now I recoginize it for itís perfection.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy light amber color. Interesting aroma and flavor of floral hops and caramel with a bitter finish. Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Itís good and straight to the point but somewhat uninspiring.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy am I mad that I canít get this one at home.
What a wonderful ale. Hoppy, refreshing, full bodied without being self-consciously huge. Smells good, tastes great and leave the hops to dance on the tongue. Bitter, full and refreshing. This is a great ale.
beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 got a six pk. of this one >>>pretty good beer....amber in color . good hoppy aroma and taste to it...enjoyed
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initially pungent aroma, as if I just walked into the Small Mammal House at the zoo. Subsided to moderate pine hops with hints of nuts and ice cream, and a slight background of some sort of fuel... maybe kerosene. Spicy hop flavor to start with a woody, honey middle and a mildly bitter end. Golden amber color with a sudsy, almost-white head and teeny-tiny particles.
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AgeDaddy (8) - Abingdon, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My brother introduced me to it last summer. Excellent beer and one of my personal favorites. If youíre tired of drinking watered down tasteless beer then give this pale ale a try. Full of flavor with a lot of bitterness at the begining but it smoothes out as you get into it. One of the best drunks Iíve ever been on too!