GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have intentionally not rated this beer before. This will be my 100th rating and I figured I would use the opportunity to comment on what I feel is a grave injustice. So often these days you hear people disparage SNPA as being boring or not as big as it used to be. I think the problem lies not in this great beer, but in the "Imperialization" of craft brewing. Everything has to be bigger, hoppier, smoked or oaked or many turn their nose up at it. The mentality seems to be if it doesn’t go to eleven it isn’t worth drinking. While this bigger is better philosophy has produced some truly great beers it has also caused some great beers, like this one, to get marginalized. As I am typing this I look below at the top ratings for American Pale Ales and see a list of beers that are really examples of IPAs. How can SNPA not be among the top APAs? It invented the style for crying out loud!
OK, rant over, SNPA really is a great beer from the mouthwatering citrus aroma, to the decidedly hoppy, but beautifully balanced flavor, it is a true classic. Could it have more of everything? Of course it could, but then it wouldn’t be an APA
ChadPoole (250) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a white head that laces the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, pine and grass. Has a full body with a great balanced taste. Great beer.
DarkSong (355) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. It pours a pale amber color with a small white, quickly fading head. It has a bready malt aroma, a resin and grapefruit aroma, and a little pine aroma. This beer is wonderfully balanced. The malt and hop flavors go together wonderfully. I taste pine and bread, with a little floral and some resin. I really like this beer. I was very surprised that I had not rated it.
Roymullins (11) - - AUG 25, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly balanced pale ale. Old reliable. Many times I scan the offerings and end up taking home a six pack of this fine ale and am never disappointed.
BytesAndBrews (41) - - AUG 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber pour with a white head. Small clumps of yeast floating around from bottle conditioning. Light caramel and floral hop aroma. Flavors of caramel, a hint of pine, and an assertive hop bitterness to finish.
MattChiasson (20) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Benchmark American Pale Ale. Out of the bottle, poured a beautiful deep copper colour with slight haze from bottle conditioning, and with a creamy persistent head. I got aromas of grapefruit citrus, orange peel, pine, and wildflower honey. Moderate caramel malt, moderate hops with lingering bitterness. Very well balance. Creamy, refreshing. Excellent.
MortenLauge (12) - Aalborg Ø, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced Pale Ale. Aroma is complex yet fuity. Light bitter taste and nice amber colour. An American pale ale to measure all other APAs against
Pilsnertest (37) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Menthol, flowers, grass and bitter citrus peels. Bell peppers. Dry.
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tmalaher (129) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice orange color. Balanced flavor. Not too Hoppy. Crisp and clean. Very drinkable.
bonev (259) - POLAND - AUG 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Piwo klarowne w kolorze bursztynowym z obfita biala piana. Sa cytrusy, troche przypraw i nuty zywiczne. Czuc tez kwiaty i troche karmelu. Goryczka i wysycenie na srednim poziomie. Raczej wytrawne i słodowe w odbiorze. Przyjemnie sie pije ale nie powala.
BeardedAvenger (151) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The North Camp, Farnborough. 16/08/16. Zilch aroma. Deep amber. Flat. Bright wide head which soon dies away. Smooth. Frothy. Sharp bitternes, but not overly so. Underlying sweetness. Decent.