skuDZ (16) - Fremont, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice smell of hops. Very strong rich tasting hops, nice and bitter. Not too exciting, but a great APA.
heemer77 (5152) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 With the split into the draft and bottled versions, I am making a new rating. Bright orange body with a thin white head. The aroma is dark bread with a little bit of oranges and and vanilla. The taste is orange peels, bread crust and some spicy black pepper in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.
stranger34 (8) - USA - NOV 8, 2003 does not count
2.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
oh man, I was all psyched to try this beer. but I was disappointed. Call me ignorant but I was impressed until it entered my mouth. Tasted like cough medicine to me.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Great tasting beer. Never had a pale ale before trying this and I was very impressed.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Pours an amber color, with a good head that can last. Good bitter hops flavor and other flowery aromas. This beer is damn good and readily available in every grocery and good bar in my town. damn good beer, I had to say it again!!!!!!!
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best Pale Ale brewed in the USA. I would classify it more as an IPA though.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coppery amber color. White head that fades fast. Smell is citrusy hops over a base of caramel malt. Some grassy and piney hop aromas. Taste is grapefruit and dark brown sugar. Finishes sweet. Not as hoppy as I would have expected, but not bad.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Pours a transparent light copper color with a fine 1.5 cm head that is very bubbly. This dissipates rather rapidly. Aroma is pleasant and of the cascade hops. Start is sweet to a point, then hopping up, only to finish rather smoothly. Palate is a little unbalanced. Other than that, another solid Sierra Nevada brew.(8/3/7/3/14)----& had this on tap at the brewery. This is the only place in the world where the bottle version is offered on tap. 8 ounce sample. Aroma has plenty of piney C-hops present along with mild orange citrus hints. Sweet maltiness backs this up. Floral notes are also apparent. This is nicely aromatic. Transparent dark golden/orange body with a small off-yellowish head present. Starts with herbal and floral light hop bitterness before this becomes a bit toasty in the middle. Finishes with some moderate piney C-hop flavors. Decent bitterness, and lightly metallic. Some mustiness is there as well.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Smells very nice, a floral aroma full of hops. Beautiful amber color with minimal head. Tastes sweet of malt at first and then quickly moves to a lingering bitterness of hops and a touch of citrus. The finish is dry and leaves a pleasant taste of hops citrus bitterness.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is the definition of an APA. Color is amber. Aroma is citrus and some malt sweetness. Flavor is slightly malty with bitterness on the tongue. Dry short aftertaste.