Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ahh, the original. Somewhat disappointing, though - pale ales have come a long way. Aroma is slightly skunky, which is surprising b/c I bought this in a closed 12-pack, so it shouldn't have been exposed to light. After the skunkiness clears, I'm left with a mild grapefruit hop aroma and a faint fruitiness. Clear amber color, thin white head. Balance is great in the flavor - good bitterness, moderate hop flavor and there is enough malt to support it, very mild fruitiness. Medium-full body, smooth. Overall, this is a great, easy drinking, session APA. No where near the Harvest Ale, but then not many are. Good all-purpose beer.
Foxbush (1567) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Very thin head with a coppery color. Aroma was of hops and malt. Compared to other pale ales it seems to be just average. This pale ale didn’t attack my senses like some of the ales that I have rated. This ale is readily available in stores selling beer in Virginia so if looking for a pale ale this is your drink. Others that I have enjoyed have been much better. It is great safe APA whenever out for dinner.
MysticAmbrosia (6) - Carmichael, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Most Excellent Tasting Complex Full~Bodied Pale Ale. Deep Brilliant Copper Colour. Exquisite Quality Hops In Abundance For the Hop~Head. Creamy White Head With Nice Glass Lace. Lovely Complex Hoppy Tastes With Subtle Flowery Flavours Filling Your Mouth Which Are Spirit Lifting. Happiness. Perfect Delicious Full Flavour, Rich Hoppy Good Satisfying Bitterness, Hint Of Sweetness And Some Breadiness With Malty Undertones. Carbonation Perfect With Beautiful Bubbles Rising And Deep Copper Colour. Best Of The Pale Ale's. Consistant Great Quality. I'm Savouring Some Now.
If I Were A Strong Hop/Bitter Lover This Brew Would Have Been Given The Highest Marks In All Catagories. ~~~ I Am More Of A Dark Brew Lover... Dark Porter, Dark Ales, Rich, Caramelized Malted Dark Roastiness, Sweet Maple Syrup, Chocolate, Hints Of Ripe Sugared Fruits/Berries, Sometimes Christmas Spices, Thick, Full~Mouth Feel And Less Hops. These Would Be My Favourite Dark Brews/Ales/Porters ~~~ But This Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Is The Premium Brew For Quality Pale Ale Hop Lovers!
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed it very much. Great taste. Smooth. A little pricey, but I highly recommend it.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours very nice pale golden with a nice fluffy off white head with good retention. Aroma is quite pleasent with a nice hop nose, little bit of citrus, and a light malt sweetness. Flavor is nice and balance. Nice interplay between malt, breadiness and hop bitterness. Some nice spice and more hop bitterness in the finish. An old standard and one of the most reliable beers ever brewed.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still a great beer and the benchmark APA. I don't buy SNPA very often anymore, but in a pinch, its still a good beer. I like that they started putting it in 22 oz bottles, as I can take it on the train for the ride home.
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Big ol’ 24 oz bottle, rated 8/22/2005. Original rating moved to the draft version. Light brown body, pours a "dirty" fluffy head: that is, it leaves little bits of lace as it fades. Nice hoppy smell, no slap in the snoot. Taste is a clean balance of caramel and bready malts with a good package of hops. Just as much fun from the bottle as on draft.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden, with a thin head. Sweet aroma, aroma is hoppy and malty, but not one of my favourites...
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light amber color. Good taste of hops (Not too much) with a slightly fruity flavor.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a great session beer. It is fairly light and crisp. The color is kind of weird with a light orangey amber tint. The flavor is very fruity and slightly sweet. There is a touch of hop bitterness, but it is not overpowering like some other pale ales or IPAs. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and could easily drink it all night.