ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 Bottle; Nice compact head on top of a copper colored crystal clear beer. No real aroma, maybe except for some diesel oil. Flavor of hops and a little bit of fruitiness. Some lingering bitterness. OK and quaffable, but not making any lasting impression.
Rerate: Incredible soft mouthfeel. Hazy orange with bigbubbled head. Good hop aroma nad caramelly flavor with hints of licorice
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not tremedously complex but it isnít intended to be. I bought a 6-pack on sale for $6.56. I need to find a store where I can get a case every month at an even deeper discount. To consider this bland is a misinterpretation of the style.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 aroma isnt bad but sort of bland. nothing really stands out. golden red in color. i enjoy the sweet pale ale blended with a slight bitterness.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 stale hops and barely aroma, not bad but odd, the apearance was farily a dark golden color w/ a thick white head, the palate was solid and carbonated with a grassy earthy hop flavor and a bit of a pungent aftertaste. This was ok but nothing special.
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 Donít get me wrong, I like this beer. I just think is has too much of a grapefruit taste. Maybe thatís the point and Iím just not getting it. Its OK and Iíd probably buy it again, but to me it kind of blends into the crowd. Extra points for originality, though.
Re-rate, 6/19/11: I love this beer. An American classic. The negative rating 6 years ago I attribute to my green taste buds. You can never go wrong with SNPA.
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this for the first time in years. i was at the bar and saw it on tap and thought "why not". Itís better than I remembered. Bitter for a pale, but I love a little kick of hoppy goodness. Great amber color and smells tasty too.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good job. This beer is everywhere, praise the Lord. When I canít find something Iíve never tried, Iíll probably drink Sierra Nevada. It never wrongs me.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite "standard" ales. I try to keep some on hand at all times. If i go to a bar or restaurant, this is my fall-back if they have nothing else special. Fortunatly it is often at most places weíve gone to. Just a little hoppier than most pale ales, but still nicely balanced. Great color, aroma, and lingering taste!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A true USA microbrew classic, but still not my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada. I thought that this had a lot of bitter hops until I tried a Stone India Pale Ale, which makes this seem mild mannered in comparison.
jb (2755) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 This is one of my all-time favorites and has to be about the best example of the style. Perfect color, dark orange with red tint, nice white head that stuck around. Nice aroma of hops. Palate is malty but the hops are there for balance. Not too much though and not too dry. Perfect integration of hops and malt and perfect balance.