vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice amber color with some carbonation and a hop smell. Taste is slightly malted and finishes with a crisp hop flavor. Overall this is a fine pale ale, but the BBC Steel Rail is my choise.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A classic West Coast pale ale. Well-balanced with good use of hops. A solid beer, but not my first choice these days when there are so many more unique and interesting beers out there. Still, you can't go wrong with this one.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant pale ale. Crisp and hoppy, yet not as complex as standouts in the style (see Three Floyds Alpha King or Founders Pale Ale). A good option when faced with a wall of Budweiser or Miller products.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Beautiful hazy copper color; creamy head. Aroma of earthy hops, dusty, white sugar, white pepper, puke. Medium body, dry caramel flavor, quite good hopping level and quality, a bit grassy. Dry finish, quite long. Good but without soul.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer. A sweet fruity amber ale. Nicley balanced malt and hopps. Could use a little more hop pressence though. Good brew!
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a golden color with a thin white head. Some lacing.
Hops are in the aroma. Not too much else in the aroma.
Hops and malt are nicely balanced compared to some of the over the top APA's out there. Almost a peaty, spicy hop bite. Pleasent and drinkable.
Smooth palate that improved as the temp of the beer increased.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Smooth and dry although aftertaste may register briefly. Light body and pleasant aroma.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber, light flavor (by beer geek standards), this beer is a good stepping stone for people trying to get out of the BMC rut.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light flaor, easy to drink but still uite rich through a generous use of hops. Pale in color, bitter but strong aroma. Not much malt in it, but extremely rich, wonderful hops tone.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pale yellow, clear, with a foamy white head. Aroma has subtle hoppyness mixed with floral notes. Flavor is hoppy and rather bitter at the finish. Palate is a bit on the thin side for me. A very nice pale ale (the hoppyness makes it kind of like a mini-IPA).