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 (3819) - 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
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel color with good, off-white head. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of malt and hops. A very good IPA.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The quintessential APA.
pastout (27) - Windber, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good easy drinking beer. Smooth with just the right touch of hops.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Possibly my new favorite everyday kind of beer. Drinkable and refreshing, not heavy... great aftertaste.