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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This version has slightly less alcohol, bitterness and slightly more color than the bottled version. The hop varieties and malts used are the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3145) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Iíve had the bottle version many many times and hadnít really tried to differentiate the bottle and draft versions. Same medium yellow color, but the aroma is a bit less assertive, the palate a bit smoother and sweeter and somewhat lacking in the slightly bitter finish of the bottle version. The bottle version remains a standby, a better version IMO, and portable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2005
So, after drinking this on draft almost every week, I decided to try both the SNPA on draft and from the bottle - side by side, letís compare. Holding it up to various light sources at Rayís, itís very close, but the consensous, led by Al, says that this draft version is slightly darker. Both are clear, topped with a nice light head and very good lacing. This is jsut one of those brews that looks enticing. Aroma is citrusy pepper hops and sweet. The taste is the difference - this draft version has obviously more sweetness to it, hops are citrus (light grapefruit), but lacking the peppery spicyness that the bottle has. An interesting experiment for you to try at your favorite pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours with a large white head, lots of aroma. Goes down with a silky smooth feel, very sweet, extremely sticky. When compared to the bottled version, this is much more complex, but in all the wrong ways, way too sweet. Bottle is better in this case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
Copper color, big white head with nice lacing around the glass, citrusy nose with notes of hops & pine, toned down hoppy flavor in comparision with the bottled version, a little bit more malt as well, very smooth & drinkable, definitely one you can sit around & drink a ton of all night

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
On tap @ Frog Bear & Wild Bear in Columbus Ohio - I liked this one so much I had 2.. Copper pour with a white frothy head. Aroma is mostly hops a little pine. Flavor is mostly malt a little citrus and hops and a bitter back finish. A good example of an American Pale Ale. Was pretty good with food. Pretty carbonated on the palate but a decent crisp finish and a little bit of honey. A fairly good choice when there is nothing great on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 The increased aroma and better mouth feel of this draft version. Has similar bitterness to the bottled version despite what the description claims. Such a distinctive flowery aroma makes this a great choice for food that’s widely available on taps in restaurants.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
This is an excellent choice for a hoppy beer. Floral hops and a slightly bitter aftertaste make this a great starter to an IPA night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 A standby at most restaurants or bars when there is nothing else more interesting, Iíve had this one many times. I do appreciate the bright copper appearance. Itís almost always served too cold, which is too bad because the last half of the glass is when it starts to be enjoyable. Itís a decent APA, but to me the style has progressed and this is a more tame version that is brewed for a larger audience. Overall, itís quite drinkable, goes well with most food and is readily available

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2005
Draft, shaker. An average sized, frothy, white head sits on a clear orange/yellow hue body. Soft caramel and bread malt base gives way to a firm pine and citrus hop accent. Lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly acidic, moderately bitter finish. Very clean and hoppy bite at the end. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: less hoppy? Dunno, itís been a while. I do remember finding the bottled version slightly abrasive in the finish...I think?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 Originally rated 3/1/2005. Nice amber pour. Somewhat still. Diminished head with nice lacing. Fresh bread aroma with pear wafts. Crisp, with more pear and honey flavor. A little burnt sugar comes through. Served too cold on tap at Old Chicago. Nice and sweet on the palate.

Iím demoting these recently on the basis of being weak ass compared to other Pale Ales. I overrated these originally.

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