shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ MacGregors in Henrietta. Nice dark amber color with a thin creamy smooth head. Aroma is a resinous hops with a piney mix. Flavor is hoppy but not majorly so. Better than I remembered and exceptionally easy to drink.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, at InFieldís, Chicago Loop. Sampled 2/25/2004. Good to see this style-setting beer at more places in my neck of the woods. Pours an appealing amber body under a thin pale ale head. Originally had a mild taste, but I felt that I was "tasting" the glass more (maybe it wasnít rinsed correctly), but the fine balance of hop and malt came through. Definite northwestern hop profile with spice, bitterness and a light fruity touch. A good, toasty malt blend thatís just a little sticky on the palate. Leaves a nice aftertaste and a little alcohol warmth to enjoy afterward. Not "extreme" by any means, but an excellent session beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper. Smells like an APA, which, being that this is pretty much th archetypical APA, is less than shocking. Nose very hoppy, quite floral, similar flavor profile. Some pine and perfume with the floral hops, quite bitter, good malt balance with some caramel sweetness.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Buffalo Wild Wings in Fort Wayne, IN. Small white head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, good lacing, transparent, and a golden hue. Malty, hoppy sweet aroma. Malty, hoppy and some caramel in the flavor. Fairly smooth mouthfee. Medium body.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
How am I supposed to take up 75 characters just to say that somethingís the same but different? Actually itís the same but, uh, fresher. Itís fresher. Iím going on break! RIP Mitch Hedberg.
Ratman197 (11234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a clear gold with a small white head. Aromas of Light citrus, and carmel. Flavor was bread and carmel with a hint of citrus.
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of my favorite pales. Armed with the knowledge that the draft was a wee bit different, I set out for a taste test. Smells of a hop garden, the beer has a fresher, stronger, maltier mouthfeel. Fresh citrus notes add to the woderful malt/hop interplay. Very nice.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I never knew that there was a difference between the tap and bottle versinos of this very average beer. I had this one on tap many times, the last being in NYC at some bar that i dont remember, but i do remeber seeing some dudes get in a fight and get tossed out there. I got alot of floral hops in this one and maybe too many as it was starting to give me a headache. It served its purpose as a good session beer, but thats all.
OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 On tap at the Santa Fe Cafe, Seattle.
The beer pours amber beneath a modest off-white head, the aroma is...Actually, I find it hard to describe the aroma objectively -- this beer is such a familiar icon that I find it extremely difficult to rate as if I were tasting it for the first time.
Anyway, the aroma is lemon, caramel, and hops. The flavor is citrus with warm and even malt notes and a smooth and subdued but adequately bitter finish (interesting about the different draft version - indeed, this is less hoppy and floral than the bottled one).
The palate is nice, adequately carbonated, and easy drinking, right on the money for an American pale ale. The finish is...ah, I give up. This is just a classic American microbrew, and Iím not going to pretend that I can be any more objective than that about this old friend -- one of the first good beers that I got to know intimately.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weak aroma, decent floral flavor. A bit watery for my tastes. Not too impressed here.