jmohno (1194) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 This is probably one of my favorate pale ales ive tried yet.
Aroma/mouthfeel/taste/bittering are near perfect. Flavor is balanced.
Brilliantly clear-copper color with pillowy 2 finger head fitting perfectly into a sam adams glass. Excellent lacing,much body creamyness,smoothness medium carmel notes very balanced with a spicy hoppy smoothness.
The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth.
Very flavorfull pale ale.This is a new favorate,i like this more than the ipa for shure.
2012- Floral aroma,seems milder on the aroma/taste but Strong spicey/citrus bittering. A little less likable than last year.
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy orange with an average white head. Aroma is citrus hops with maybe a lingering caramel malt. Flavor is bang hops and resin. A little sweetness from the malt lingers on the tounge. A very tasty APA and Iím glad I got to try it this year before it dissapears.
zizzybalubba (1565) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Spicy hop aroma with tangerine and pineapple. Pineapple and grapefruit rind flavor with a slightly spicy finish. This is a very hop forward American Pale Ale but it still maintains enough balance that it doesnít quite seem like and IPA. Nicely done.
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-amber. Drops bright from the can. Very earthy, spicy nose. This beer is all Goldings so the nose is a bit different than what I might be used to. Earthy, with moderate bitterness. Light caramel malt and a clean American yeast character. Decent balanced approach.
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 RE-Rate fresh can best by may 2012-im going to bump up some things here-the nose is actually quite nice on this fresher sample-lots of grapefruit, somewhat catty, resin, and toasted carmel malt base. has some notes of fruit salad/fruitcake as well. flavors are lots of sweet citric hops, pine, resin with a long firm bitterness on the finish but also very floral at the same time. This is definately a step above the crappy sample i had a few months ago.
Can-I cant be somewhat dissapointed by this beer. I have had this beer on previous occasions and it seemed alot better than this example (and this is a fresh can). however, this one doesnt do much for me. pours deep copper almost mahogony hue with a small soapy white head around the rim of the glass. the head was not very good here. no lacing. nose is catty, metallic hops, pine, wood, and lightly sweet malt. flavors are pretty well balanced between piney herbal hops and carmel malt however, this one doesnt have the punch that im looking for in a pale. I just had a beer from a brewery in AZ that was very solid compared to this of the same style. Ska has the right idea here but they need to use some different hops and/or boil them for a different length.
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Superior, Co - Superior Liquors - 12 oz can. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a light trail of lacing. Heavy hop-induced resiny aroma with a hint of cat urine. Flavor is bittersweet and full of grapefruit goodness. Some minty accents in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick tongue coating. Solid.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber, thin off-white head. Malt, grapefruit, musty cherries...medium bodied with good carbonation. On the malty sweet side for a pale, but well-enough balanced. Nice.
Butters (3938) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great deep clear copper pour with fair offwhite head ring. Nose is actually a little sweet citrus but earthy hop. Great floral citrus semispicy hop flavor. Very tasty brew. Love that its in a can and great label art.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
old can, but we, it isnít that good, tastes like weed and rhubarb, pretty crappy.
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single can, $1.50 @ Binnyís, Nov. í10. I accidentally let this get frozen, and was worried when it didnít "psssht" upon opening. But it poued, if silently, a big frothy head over a coppry pale ale body, a bit of haze. Smell carries a light note of American style hops, but definitely there with a purpose. Taste is hoppier than the nose, A slightly sweet and sticky malt taste, tending toward the caramel side. The hop bitterness is mostly pine and resin, without pepper or citrus. A lot of big beer flavor.