Suttree (4864) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish orange and just a wee bit cloudy. Smallish beige head. Smells surprisingly malty - toasty and smoky, with some citrus in the background. Much more hoppy in the flavor, with a lot of citrusy, flinty flavors. Plenty of smoky, toasty flavors, too. Really tasty. Thanks to KAggie97 for the trade!
JRoche00 (4) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. poured from a can into a iced tea glass. Good head that holds well. Nice copper amber color and good clairity. Great hop presence in the nose with plenty of pine and resin. Flavor has some smooth up front bitterness but isnít overpowering at all. Finishes crisp with flavorful lingering bitterness that doesnít bite. Good balance between malt and bitterness.
In my experience, a pale ale can scare away casual beer drinkers who are turned off by bold hops, but this beer is easy to drink and very tasty and refreshing!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the can into my Tripel Karmeliet glass with a three-finger plus, frothy, light tan colored head. The head is quite creamy textured, leaves some nice lace on the sides of my glass and never entirely dissipates; just about perfect for a pale ale. The beer is a clear, ruddy amber color that shows a lightly hazed, fully red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is juicy with hop aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tangelo and a bit of lychee. Substantial malt aromas influence the finish with notes of caramelized malt sugars, biscuit aromatics, . While quite hoppy, I really like the substantial malt character in the nose, it makes this beer all that more complex.
Biting hops are noticeable from the first, the bitterness and pine-like hop notes scrub the tongue as the beer slides down my throat and the bitterness lingers on as it clings to my palate. My second sip is balanced a bit more by the malt character that adds more balancing sweetness and a slight viscous heft to the body that helps to balance the hop onslaught. This is a hop focused beer though and the hop notes clearly dominate the flavor profile. Flavors of sweetened grapefruit, lychee, bergamot and tangelo are joined by more aggressive herbal, but secondary, notes of pine, light hemp oil and a touch of menthol. The malt character gets a touch astringent towards the finish (some of the hop notes accentuate this) though mostly has a toasted, bread crust like, interesting malt character to it. Perhaps a touch heavy for a Pale Ale, but it still is fairly quaffable.
This is quite big for a Pale Ale, the alcohol bears this out, but having said that it is still quite tasty. I definitely like the mix of dominant hop notes that are balanced quite well by a noticeable malt presence.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had many times, but this rating is based on the pint I had at Beaverís...thanks Bobby and Kevin for this first Houston draft of this. Great clear red amber color with off-white head that doesnít linger long. Nose of floral and sweet pine hops...wonderful...and some malt to back it up. Taste is rich fresh hops, both citrus and floral, malt and some caramel. Dry, clean finish that leaves me wanting more. Impressive APA and fantastic for a first effort.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5-4-08 can shared at tasting
Medium red amber pour. Smell is pine sol mised with limes. Flavor is nice and full of grassy hops. Very sweet nice flavor. Semi highly carbonated with a cottony mouthfeel.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Can) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, light pine, and caramel. Flavor of caramel malt, hops (citrus, floral, pine), and a touch of chocolate with a moderately dry, bitter finish.
kidmartinek (3202) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Pours half foam, dark amber beer, red-tinted. Thick frothy head. Distinct pine and hops aroma. Very promising. Flavor is thick, hoppy, and thick malty. A little like a scotch ale. Aroma is better than flavor. Flavor is good, but a bit dull and thick. By dull, i mean the mouthfeel, or body is too heavy and thick. Itís a damn good beer though since its in a can, and whoops the shit pants off budweiser and pearl 8 days of the week,
djd07 (2744) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. can. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small creamy off white head. The aroma is floral hops and grapefruit. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is piney hops with light malt and caramel. A very pale ale from Southern Star.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 16oz can: Pours a nice deep copper into the glass with a nice white head that has some staying power. Aroma is slightly fruity with some nice hop accents. Flavor is very clean with a nice balance of malt and hop character. Too many pale ales seem to be so one dimensional either with hops or malt. This beer is an extremely nice blend of the two. Iím extremely proud that such a good beer is being made up the road from me!!!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazingly clear for an unfiltered ale, copper in color with a large loose head. Sharp and spicy citrus aroma. Sweet caramel malt mingles with mellow hop flavors. Quick dry and perfectly bittered finish. No noticeable alcohol. Easy drinking ale but I would amp up the hops to meet the strength.