SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can....Pours a deep, clear amber with thick beige head. Aro of malt and hoppy pine. Flavor is very much the same.....What seperates this brew is the terrific balanced of malty sweetness with the nice piny hoppiness with a bit of Earthiness.....blends together very nice with excellent light fruity esters. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew!
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
best by 04-01-11
pours a deep burnt amber color.
small 1 finger head that dies VERY quickly.
nice hop presence on the nose, citrusy... smells like it is going to be really good. taste falls a bit flat for me. Not sure if it is the quad I had before this or not, but shouldnt be. this pale is not that hoppy. tastes rather boring, to be honest. not to mention the oddness of a winter seasonal pale ale. I assume that the idea of a seasonal came about due to what was available during that season, and hops, are not available during the winter season, which is why spice and stouts rule... but yeah, this does have a nice caramel malt backbone, I just wish they hopped it up a bit more. after having their Modus, I expected more. Can easily taste the same hops as the Modus though... just wish it was more prevalent.
as this warms, it is getting better, and there seems to be more hop presence...so I have adjusted my scores accordingly.
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber cream head. Huge piney citrus and thatís about it. Very smooth with a huge burst of hops and a smooth finish
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can. Pours a bright copper amber with some lively carbonation and a nice fizzy, almost frothy, head. Aroma is mostly malts with some citrus in the background. Carbonation is pretty hefty for this style, itís quite fizzy. Some bitterness but not as much as you would expect for the style. Taste is pretty dang solid. Hefty malt greets you first, with brown sugar and caramel coating the tongue. Earthy hops come bursting forward followed by sour grapefruit leading the way into a nice and spicy, almost black pepper finish. This is one fantastic pale ale. Yet another solid offering from Ska.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From can to glass, it pours a funky clear brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma reminds me of being on a hike in the mountains, because it is similar to the smells of decomposing wood and fresh rainfall through autumn foliage. Not typical for an APA, but certainly interesting. The flavor is hoppy yet balanced. Spicy, herbal hops blend nicely with rich, sweet malts. Hops prevail in the aftertaste, providing a lengthy tingling sensation that I find quite satisfying. Another good canned offering from CO.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. Pours a clear dark copper color with nice frothy slightly tan head, decent lacing. Aroma of hops, floral and soft citrus, malts, cake and biscuit, and a subtle spiciness. Pretty balanced pale ale, with heavy malt tones, although there is an overriding bitterness. Smooth and creamy, the initial flavor is very nice, yet there is something lacking for me about the finish, it kind of goes a little bland and watery. Still, this is definitely a sessionable pale ale and Iím glad I purchased it.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can thanks to Bardwashrind on BA. Pours a nice mostly clear medium brown color with a large, lacy off-white head. Big caramel malts on the aroma, rather bready with herbal hop notes. The flavor is on the maltier side if you call it an IPA. Lots of caramel and biscuit, earth, and a restrained but by no means weak citrus and herbal hop profile. Iced tea in there as well. Medium-bodied with a standard mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Solid pale ale overall, but not much of an IPA really.
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Might be an old one. Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells fruit and earthy with some caramel hints. Tastes malty with some light citrussy splashes on the finish. Hops almost totally burnt out. Malty IPA, had lots of amber ale characteristics.
vicepeddler (24) - Broomfield, USA - APR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet caramelly malt supplanted by a gentle citrus on the nose. Refreshing, yet hoppy for a pale. Not defined by the season. I would gladly drink this canned gem year round.
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve bought 4-5 cases of this and cannot believe I did not rate it. So here I am my last can available. Huge piney hop with citrus aroma. Beautiful copper pour and a big long standing head. Killer lacing. IMO this just the best IPA I have had so far. Beautiful gorgeous awesome brew. At 6.1 ABV this has SO much flavor and texture that some of the big boys (Stone) cannot compete with. In yer face Stone.!This Smokes anything you guys brew.