Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 I guess this should be one of those milestone beers. But I rate em as I taste em. So, I finally get to try one of the beers that 700 people consider to be a benchmark ale. This one is costing me $38, thankfully that is Hong Kong Dollars so it is only AUD6.33/USD4.87. I suppose that is what a six-pack costs over there. The bar staff just offered this to me in the bottle and so after my request for a glass they gave me a Chimay glass. OK, all the better to smell you with my dear. I love the colour, a great deep hue of copper. The nose is delicately spicy with a hint of toffee. The flavour and mouthfeel is also a delight with the right balance of all that is good in a beer. Yep, gimmee a ton of this stuff.
fly (1464) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Think I've had one or two of these. That is one or two times my own body weight. Or more. This is easily a standard and one I use to base interpretations of other pale ale efforts. Hopping standards have gone through the roof, but this was once deemed to be hoppy, my friend. My rating may not be through the roof, but my respect for what Sierra Nevada had done will never die.
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got around to trying this somewhat legendary brew. It lived up to my expectations, which luckily weren't very high to begin with. Pleasant amber color. A zesty hop taste finishes off a bit bitter. Light and refreshing; a good ale.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellowish-gold color. Aroma smells like beer that you spill on your shirt and don't rinse it off for a while. Stale I guess? Taste is malty with with a touch of sweetness. Aftertaste is musty bitter.
hershiser2 (2184) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Nice amber color... I do like the way beers this shade of amber look...
Not much of a smell... oh well.
Nice smooth, floral taste, but not great. After seeing how many people really like this one, I felt disappointed.
It’s drinkable... but really, there are better beers out there.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne like pour and head. Aroma is more in line with typical pale ales. Flavour is light with hints of fruit. Decent but bubbly palate, with nice finish. Yeast deposit on the bottom of the bottle, so pour into a glass.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With a great aroma that is not too oppressive, this beer offers a great taste and a 'come and drink me' appearance that is not an overstatement of its flavor.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice amber color, big head without retention.
Nose has crisp, clean floral and citrus character of the distinctive Cascade aroma hops.
Taste is again, crisp and clean, light, with sharp hop character with a mild malt support. This is usually what people think of in their heads when they think of West Coast Pale Ale.
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Waitrose, Birmingham. Warm orange colour. Nice, big, fluffy, dense head. Pulsating with fizz - excellent! Sweetish malt aroma - not too spectacular. Level flavour to start off - some malt and bread, but rising to a long, dry crescendo, with some lingering lager flavour, and sugary sweetness. Peppery notes to finish, and the aroma keeps the nose quivering. Smooth with grapefruit characteristics, but not bitter. Very tasty and relatively complex.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 This is easily my favorite mass produced beer. Nice hop aroma, great flowery, citrusy, taste going down. Can never go wrong with a SNPA.