OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber cloudy with very little head. Aroma is caramel malt and a little citrus. Taste has much a much more earthy sense to it than American pale ales. Lighter hops grace this and give it just a touch of citrus flavor. More malty and full bodied than American Pale Ales... Medium bodied and very drinkable on the palate..
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - JUN 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled, amber color w/ small head. the aroma is mainly hops, the flavor is hoppy but balanced w/ adequate amount of maltiness.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal malt offers a strong caramel aroma with some mild, citrus, floral, earthy hop notes. Very clear copper coloured body is topped by a finger of off-white, large-bubbled head that recedes to a partial cover. Fruity esters up front blend with floral and earthy hops and a fair bitterness with some caramel maltiness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade, May-2005) marked as brewed and bottled in February (I assume 2005). Thanks, jah noth!
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definatly can tell the difference from an APA. This has a lot of earthy tones. Mild dry hopped aroma. Light brown color with an orange tint. No real head. Nice hoppy bite. Very different taste. Grassy. Drinkable pale ale.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 01/05. Red-copper pour with smallish light-tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, sweet malts and hints of spices. A serious lack of body in this one. It’s all very dry, bitter hops. Distinct absence of sweetness. The bitterness is apparent immediately and lingers forever. This isn’t the good, tasty bitterness either. I’ll definitely need a glass of water after drinking this. This is very dirty-tasting. Like licking dirt or grass.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light hops, a bit spicy and sour malt.
Taste is surprisingly good. It’s hoppy, not overly so but assertive. Well balanced with a strong grainy malt taste. Apple-like yeasty flavors. Medium bodied with a persistent hoppy aftertaste. Crisp and smooth. Damn drinkable. as others have said, very good session beer. A very solid offering and a nice surprise. Does Smuttynose ever miss?
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly hazy amber/rosewood pour supporting a small dusky white head (which needed some urging to generate). Fruity aroma with a toasty background. Well balanced flavors of dried apricot, vanilla, a little toffee, malt and even a porter-like milk chocolate all backed up by a solid hop bitterness. Flinty, clean and bitter finish. This is a nice Pale which shares some of the flavor profiles with other Smuttynose ales (probably due to their house yeast).
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. tarnished copper in color with a head that disappeared so quick I almost missed it. a tangey, carbonated bite on the front end that fades to some malt and a bit of hops on the finish. not quite as thirst quenching as I had hoped.
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Most pale ales seem to come across too sweet for my palate, not this one. Poured a deep amber with a beautiful dirty white head that refused to quit that thickly laced the glass.
The aroma was hoppy and the taste was Gr Apple sweet to citrus pine hops quickly transitioning to dry and bitter. The finish was definitely dry with just enough hop bitters.
Well done Smuttynose.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours light golden-brown. Mahagony colored and cloudy in glass with small off-white head. Small is strongly malty, rich, sweet like caramel, and reminiscent of roasted coffee. Flavor is sweet and ends with nice medium bitterness that doesn’t knock your wind out. Body is medium to full, fairly smooth, and just a little watery. Another good one from Smuttynose.