pivo (2563) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Faint hop nose and light gold color that is inviting. Clear, crisp hoppiness atop a light woody malt flavor. Full mouthed with an edge to it. Well-balanced. This is a fantastic beer.
YogiBeera (2472) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy with a hint of lemon nose. Light yellow with no head. Very hoppy. Fullmouth taste with a kick at the end. Good balanced beer!
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had the draught version at California Pizza Kitchen. Considering how widely available this beer is I’m surprised it took me this long to try it. Not the best APA I have had but still better than average. Good bitter hops flavor and somewhat dry. It is nice to know there are actually decent beers at the grocery store.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another nice and refreshing pale ale. Beautiful color for a pale and wonerdful revitalizing hoppiness! An easy beer to drink.
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 (2201) - 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.