UltraViolence (23) - USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sorry, but this is an outstanding Pale. Great mouthfeel, just the right pucker, extremely "clean" taste. I havenít been a fan of previous SKA product, but this one is on the right track and then some.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear copper color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and herbal hops. Flavor has the fore mentioned hops and lightly sweetened toasted malt. Pine hops linger in the finish. Medium body. A nice beer.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orange/copper with a white foam head. Smells of pine, grapefruits, and oranges. Taste is small amounts of citrus, followed up by a large bitter and dry kick. Not really what I was expecting, but a nice brew none the less.
swanmann (558) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured from the bottle a clear brassy amber brew with ample fluffy beige head, lasting about 2 minutes, with sticky white lacing. Itís very fragrant, initially smelling of piney hops, with candied sugars coming out as it warms. I sat on this for about a month and a half, which I think, settled the bitterness into a malty, sweet brew with notes of brown sugar and citrus, and mild bitterness right down the middle. My finish is medium dry, smooth. I would rate it high for "drinkability" based on adequate carbonation and a great flavor.
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, toasted grain, straw, cereal, meal), average hop (grass, resin), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of plum and apple. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Cornfield (5325) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked this up at the Binnyís in Orland Park, Illinois. It poured a clear coppper body with a tall ecru head and provided loads of lacework. The aroma is strong with pine, grapefruit rind and the pulp itself, floral scents, and a touch of orange zest. From time to time, a bit of caramelly sweetness oozed through. The flavor was much the same, possessing a sturdy caramel-bread-toffee malt backbone supporting a strong dosage of hoppy flavors and bitterness. The finish was bitter and dry, reflective of this hop-head who enjoys a drink like this so much.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can from the Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a light copper at the top moving down to amber at the bottom, interesting mesh, with moderate beige head that cakes, laces ok. Aromas are citrusy, grapefruit and lemon, floral bitterness, a decent caramel and pale maltiness, bread. Gumball, touch of pine, citrus is pretty good for the style. Initial is moderate bodied, amarillo hops with good citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange melange, with gumball, zesty, caramel and pale malts with more of a pale malt feel, more subtle. Very drinkable, a moderate bitterness, but very citrusy and tasty, nothing overly bitter, good flavors stick to the palate with decent bitterness. Yum. This is pretty great in my opinion.. With a more quaffable hop profile.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can all the way from Durango Colorado, Liqour world, COOL! Pours an orangish red copper with a decent head and a good lacing. Aroma is super grapefruit and hops. Flavor is sweet and ultra hoppy grapefruity. Very clean with a big bite and bitter dry finish. Very nice beer, thanks TikiE.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from West Lakview. Nice standard bronze IPA color. Nose seems like Cascades and Goldings with caramel malt. On taste, Nice and clean bitterness and a ton of hoppy notes. resiny and citrusy with some spice. Finishes dry. Iíll probably drink this one a ton. Very good.
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to rustychiles for grabbing me one of these. Pours an extremely clear chestnut color with minimal white frothy head. Aroma is somewhat disappointing - very little in the way of hop or malt aroma. Seems thin based on that area alone. However, thankfully, the taste saves this beer. It has a really nice, bright, spicy hop character to it that makes it nice to drink. Not the best beer, but there are a lot of pale ales out there that are a lot worse. Iíd drink this most any day.