redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The icon of the style on draft. Copper in color almost clear and with a good white head. The aroma is surprisingly malt (toasted bread) forward then slight floral hops, my guess is this is toward the bottom of the keg. The flavor has solid bitterness up front with toasted malt and caramel sweetness before some citrus hop in the finish. The body is nice and solid without too much carbonation. This is still a very well made beer and this is why I started drinking, and loving, pale ales.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The friend thatís always there. The one that generally wonít leave you stranded when thereís not another in sight. Yes, itís true that there have been times in that past where I didnít show the allegiance that perhaps I should - looking out to see if there was a new friend I could meet while I should actually be glad that this will be in places others are dreaded. So, heís not quite as pumped as the guy in glass? Thanks for having my back.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just like out of the bottle itís very hoppy. Smell and taste are very similar, it just appears a bit darker on tap. Iím always happy when i go into a bar that has this on tap.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Perhaps a step down from the bottled version (a first) but still a great APA. Cascade hops with caramel malts worked well. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has so much more flavor than other microbrewed APAs.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good stuff when you are at a sports bar and the only alternative is Samís or Lite beers. Love the bitter finish.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was a damn good drinking beer had this at the hard rock cake in new orleans, itís not a beer drinking town... Abitaís the best they offer.. . thatís bad.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Actually seemed paler than the bottled version. Slightly fainter aroma. The taste seemed less balanced than the bottled version, with the hops less pronounced. More toffee appeared in the taste. Thinner body. Seemed watered down.
noattention (20) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent California beer thatís making the rounds around the country. Recommended.
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Buffalo Wild Wings : A dark orange appearance with minimal head. The draft version seemed to have less grapefruit and more orange and tangerine flavors going. It seemed as bitter as the bottles to me with a slightly thinner body. I thought it was just as good.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As good as this beer is in the bottle, its even better on Tap. The hoppiness and the freshness really come out. Its perhaps the best widespread Pale Ale available.