SpringsLicker (3234) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inviting tall head over a clear amber body that gives off a well balanced bouquet of caramel malt and hops.
Dry without being overly bitter, this is a little different, an intangible complexity where no component pushes to the front, letting you explore the tastes and body at will. Very nice.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pleasing cloudy copper color with average head. Toffee and caramel malt aromas compemented by earthy hops. Medium bodied with a mild acidic astringency that isnít so good. Bread tries to come through, but doesnít fully develop. A decent pale ale that leans toward the malt, but nothing to go crazy about.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks to slob! Pours rich copper color and slightly hazy with a moderate white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is predominantly malty, with a floral hop nose and some hnts of spice. Flavor is spicy and hoppy up front, malty/hoppy in the middle with nice sweet maltiness coming on in the finish. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Nice pale ale.
Foxbush (1461) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This IPA head poured with a frothy head that slowly diappeared with lacing down the glass. The aroma was enticing and the color a dark copper. The taste was complex with hops and maltiness. The aftertaste was bitter and lingered.
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid, well made pale with all that I want and a whole helluva lot more of the good and much less of the half ass than many if not most of the middle of the road pale ales out there. A job well done.
OldGrowth (2868) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Bottled in August. Good nose, nutty, carmel, lttle earthy,cocoa maybe?. Clean orangy brown color. Ok head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors, Carmel, little hint of a baking chocolate, Whole wheat bread,little lemon or grapefruit. Thin body, lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Tasty brew, a long time favorite, I canít believe I took this long to rate it.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a typical sweetish hop aroma but, otherwise, is quite soft and moderately bitter for a US pale. Now I see itís down as an English style pale. Iím not sure the style is that English, but it does have a well balanced, understated and rather classy appeal. Not nearly as upfront as some other US offerings, but rather nice. Cask, GBBF 2004.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-copper body with significant carbonation and a soft, silky off-white head. Fresh citrus and floral hops. Fruity malts plus an interesting musty quality. Hoppy, dry flavor. A solid pale ale that strikes me as more American than English in style, but thatís academic.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Golden amber in color with a thin off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma....maybe along the lines of apricots? Well-balanced....maltier than most pale ales. Medium-bodied. Overall, yummy.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smuttynose has always been reliable for me. Hops are somewhat light, but enough to keep it interesting. It balances well with the malt sweetness. A quite enjoyable session beer.