SilkTork (5543) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Aug, 2003: I am really pleased to get this - from what I understand this is the original American Pale Ale, a style which is making something of an impression over here in the UK, it’s path having been laid by the popularity of the Golden Summer Ales which have a similar hop profile, though are softer and cleaner in the palate. The aroma is quite heavenly - delicate, floral and spicily citric, though that does die down after a while into something more grassy and rain like, even a touch metallic. When worked slightly the pale malt aroma does rise, but doesn’t last long against the hops. The taste is surprisingly clean up front, but the sweet malt soon makes an appearance, slightly sticky but with a rounded body - a satisfying base from which the citric hops do their work, gradually taking over from the sweetness to emerge dark and tangy in the finish. A very pleasant beer. [3.6]
Sept, 2004: <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=290&FanOfID=4383>T Big Face Off. This came off very badly on the day. Even though bottle conditioned there was a noticable cardboard aroma and flavour. It simply didn’t taste fresh. It came over as simplistic when compared to the other beers; lacking an interesting flavour profile and with a poor mouthfeel. I scored it 2.2. Having it again now, a few days later, and just drinking it rather than comparing it to other beers, or examining it critically, I find it’s a very pleasant and enjoyable beer - though the cardboard quality is still there. [2.9]
Dec, 2004: Head to Head with <a href= Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=7658&FanOfID=4383> Little Creatures. Initially the beers seem identical. But gradually it becomes apparant that the Aussie beer tastes fresher, crisper, cleaner, fruitier... A quick look at the dates shows that the Sierra Nevada expires in 6 months time, while the Aussie one expires in 11 months time. Freshness is everything with this beer style. [3.2]
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty. The taste of fresh hops dominates this brew. Well balanced, just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Best of all these are easy to find and the cost isn't too outrageous.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 A mass produced, widely available brew that retains much of its original greatness. Readily available, even in middle American 7-11’s. Fantastic off the keg. The wide appeal of SNPA continues to amaze me. When I serve this as the only beer on tap at house parties I never hear a complaint. The MGD crowd likes the extra flavor... and everybody else, well, they just like Sierra Nevada.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 The smell of cascade hops and the citrusy/floral smell we’ve all come to admire in an American Pale Ale. It no longer has quite the freshly baked bread flavor that I used to associate in the malt of this beer, but it’s still worth a buy. In our blind taste tests of pale ales, it usually come in the top half, but is no longer a challenger for the top spot.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 (sampled at Oliver Twist, Sweden, Stockholm) Golden amber with a small white head. Spicy hops and citrus in aroma. tastes hoppy and oily; citrus, grass and salt. Bready and bitter finish.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very lovely. Cascade hops kick ass and give this a nice piney punch. Great sippin beer on a warm day. Perfect break from light swill. Mix it up with a SNPA.
MaBeer1972 (1827) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Medium (clear) copper color. Light, spicy aroma. Good carbonation of fine bubbles. A few very tiny yeast particles clinging to the side of the glass and settling slowly. The flavor is well and hoppy, with a slight yeasty tang. Loses on palate due to very sticky finish. Not my favorite beer style though.
jeffmac (3) - USA - AUG 1, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little bitter at the finish. Very smooth going down. Great hoppy taste when very cold.
Elvis (5) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2003 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Excellent amber color, nice aroma. Starts nicely, but finish tends to bitterness. For those into very hoppy beers, this is perfect.
pilsnerrogge (2818) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber coloured, medium head, good lacing. Citrus-hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy bitterness. Somewhat thin.