SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It starts off with a sweet and sour smell that has a slightly lemon overone and pours with a very deep gold hue. The abundant solid white head starts off thick, lazily hangs on the glass and finishes with a light spidery slick. The flavor kicks off with a unique sweet lemon and sour blend that fades into a bitter hop finish. A classic that always hangs around.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like many before me, this is a great beer that is almost always in the cooler. Great hop flavor.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty full bodied for a pale ale. Very drinkable session beer. Love the kraussening.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this beer. I even just brewed a clone of this beer I love it so much. The overpowering hops through dry-hopping gives it its spectacular taste. Sure it may be a little thin, but a meal in a beer is not always a good thing. You have to try this beer.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold color, medium head. Mild malts and hops. A hoppy, slightly malty pale ale. Full flavor. Good balance of hops to malts. Mouthfeel is smooth. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The classic Pale ale.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 I have decided that this needs to be my 100th rating (I can't believe I haven't rated it yet). I remember 10 years ago actually having a tough time finding this gem in bars and packies. It is now ubiquitous and I think our country is better for it. This has a yeastiness I adore, a malt complexity which is remarkable in so light an ale and a Cascade hop bouquet that makes me weep with joy. The palate is a marvel. Thank God for the advent of this ale.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2003 Pours light golden with thick white head. Good cascade aroma and decent hop bitterness in the nose, followed by a crisp malt finish.
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a beer Iíll have to try again, because Iím sure I didnít appreciate what some find as the balance of this beer. I was completely overwhelmed by the hoppiness of it--I "grew up on" (in the beer-drinking sense) on English pale ales and donít know if Iíll ever quite adjust. Plain golden color, hoppy bitterness. Iíll re-rate it sometime. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Each time I have another beer from Sierra Nevada I am more and more impressed. How a micro brewery that is so widely available can maintain such great beer is truly amazing. Besides, nice hoppy pale ales are right up my alley.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The quintessential west coast pale ale. Nice floral smell wondeful color and mouthfeel. A great session beer