Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is some really tasty stuff. It goes down nice and smooth with a great well-balanced flavor, I think it tastes more like an IPA than a pale. I like it better from a tap than in a bottle. This is refreshing ale and one I look forward when I’m thirsty and desire something quenching.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This wasn’t bad, ’specially for a pale ale. Considering my last beer was a honey raspberry, this one stood a good chance of getting a glowing review. Good nonetheless.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many of the recent comments have been less than glowing. I suppose that is to be expected for a beer that has successfully marketed and distributed itself from a small microbrewery to a mini-macro. It unfortunately shows that once a brewer has made it, it is associated with the crap beers made by most of the other brewers that have made it. Samuel Adams is also a victim of this guilt by association.
As for the beer, I have long considered Sierra Nevada one of my favorite beers, however, and I may be wrong, but I could swear that they have tweaked the color to make it lighter and scaled back on the hops. On top of that, I think the actual sample I rated, which was a draft from a bar, may have been flat. The fact that the bar tender gave it to me for free lent further support for this theory.
Nevertheless, appearance-wise, all I could think of was ’Nectar of the Gods’. Quite good and quite tasty, but not as good as I remember for possibly any one of the aforementioned reasons.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Generic amber ale. Couldn’t taste much besides hops, so to call its flavor ’complex’ would be stretching it a bit. Not bad, really, but nothing special.
ludi (32) - Reston, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
always a good choice when i can’t get to a place with a lot of microbrews. an easy drinkin hoppy beer.
GiddyBoy (115) - USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Eh. I think this is an overrated beer myself. It was way too tangy and sweet for me. It was too pale for me, and had a strong aftertaste. I was not impressed
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Along with Rolling ROck, one of my favoriet pale ales. Very smooth, easy to drink, and damn good.
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Even tasting and not too carbonated.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter and less flavor than I remembered from previous samples. Of course, I may be demanding more and more flavor from my beers. Nicely balanced, light, hoppy beer. Dry, refreshing, citrus finish. Nice because its so available, often saving one from having to order a macrobrew when dining out.