jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ the Toronado (clearly stated this was rare, they only had two kegs, and otherwise this particular style of the pale ale is only served at the brewery). There is a lot more zip to this beer than the bottle version or regular taps. The aroma has some spice and mild fruit. The flavor is rich and zesty with some citrus and grassy hops.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a little bit better than their bottled pale ale. A little softer, a much more presentable spiciness. An easier drinking, but quite impressive pale ale.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice, had a keg for my 22nd birthday, The elder people seemed to dislike the taste for good brew, anyhow this brew didnt seem to have same taste as bottled pale ale, but had a little more spicier taste to it. I enjoyed it very much.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a fresh keg that luckily got plugged into my homemade kegarator before the blizzard of 03 hit here last weekend.
color.Very bright.Great floral,spicey hops nose.Fluffy white head that leaves some laceing as it fades.Medium body.Slight sweetness up front blending into the citrusy hop flavors really well.Dry, bitter finish with some malt presence in the background.This brew doesnt get the respect it once did or still deserves. To my tastes it is THE quintessential APA.A well balanced beer.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the regular on tap but lacking the bright citrus in the nose. Less complex in the mouth as well.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A lighter version of the pale, but still exceptional
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Only at the brewery? They had a keg of it at a school function of mine..it said right on the keg 'draft style pale ale'?? Whatever..It was a great thing to have, and guess what..the line for the bud light was twice as long..damn law students...more for me...super creamy mouthful compared to the regular stuff..
jonas (5259) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 From Tap: Tasted it when too cold. Dark amber hue. Nice full, hoppy taste. A bit like lemon ice tea.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 Had it on tap at Islands, even better than the bottle. Milder, smoother, yet full bodied..
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 I tasted this beer at the brewery in Chico, CA. It was difficult to judge the aroma as the brewery was in full swing and the smell of mash and yeast filled the air. The ale has a lovely copper color. Nice hop bite, but it’s a bit thin and lacking on the malt side. It finishes crisp and dry. It’s a good Summer beer. Very drinkable