TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sorry boys but I'm not a fan of bitter beers. This one had a little too much hops for me but in keeping with this style of beer. Ruby/amber color, thin white head strong hoppy aroma. Heavy on the hops with a slight undercurrent of malt. Good if you're into this type of beer, but not for me.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm not a raving advocate of hoppy beers, but this beer didn't put me out. I suppose it'd go better with food than as a standalone. Color is red copper. Aroma is a sharp hop, and the hop flavor does border on piney.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quite decent American pale ale with lots of good hoppy bitterness over a strong malty taste. Not floral, not west coast citric, but good hops. No "baked bread" taste — that's more of a wheat beer kind of thing.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite delicious for a pale ale, with noticable hops and groovy malts. The palate is smooth and easy. The color is a dark ruby sparkle. Quite unique for a style I often find boring and difficult to rate.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much to remark on- the body was an interesting amber hue with a very slight head. Aroma was light and floral. Flavor was floral, slightly bitter, and balanced by light malty tones. Undistinguished.
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
As Pale Ales go this one is ok. Like most of that genre the grapefruit flavor outweighs all else. It is an attractive beer in apperance but not one I will go looking to purchase again.
zanfiricoe (9) - Scottsville, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003 does not count
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An odd beer experience. This is the 2nd of 3 Shoals Pale ales in my smuttynose samplerpack. Pours with a nice red orange hue. Puny head almost immediately disappeared. (First bottle had zero head) Aroma has nice hint of hops to come. First sip - pretty good hop bite. Second and so on, hops fade. Body is very thin and watery. Very low malt flavor. Flavor seems to degrade as quickly as the head vanished. Find myself not really caring if I drink it or not. Just seems like a beautiful batch of hopwater. I give it high marks for looks, but average to low for most every other category. Would not buy again. Generally disappointed with the smuttynose beers so far except for the robust porter which was quite good.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 Pours a nice ruby dark brown color with medium white head. Hoppy aroma and bite. Light-medium body, soft, some malt chewyness, bit of citrus also. Finish is a little too bitter for my taste. Rerate: after finishing the six pack, I've come to like this more, not quite as bitter as I thought before, nice brown bread flavors, moerately complex. Enjoyable.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent beer, good overall taste, small head, light ale, brownish amber like ale.
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. An odd colour for an EPA but definately welcome. The aroma is a bit hoppy but more overpoweringly malty, just as any English Pale Ale should be. Lighter bodied and a bit watery in taste, but some residual malt and hops in the palate but other than that, a mediocre English style Pale. I bought this at Chevy Chase Wine & Liqour in Washington, in a standard twelve ounce bottle.