Onslow (1184) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 1 pt can. Clear amber brew with off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, herbal and floral hops. Taste is sweet malts with balancing herbal hops, spice, a little aramel and bitter in the finish. Good character and well crafted. Very good.
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Can. Rich orange pour with a huge foamy head. Aroma and taste are pine, fruit, and caramel malt. Very nice brew.
cgarvieuk (14691) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can at home ... amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet malts ... juicy malts ... light toffee malts ... ive had this a little too long ... so hops a little faded ... but soft and fruity ... juicy and nice
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a can at Craig’s. Pours a dark golden colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, grass, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. I’m not so sure about the can design though.
jhamp9 (1075) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sweet peach and pine. Taste is pine with a malty backbone, but a bit thin. Creamy on the palate. Very easy drink and pretty good overall.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 5/28/09. Pours a very dark amber gold with a massive white head bursting forth. This looks like the top of a milk shake. Very thick head that sticks around for a long time. Some sticky globby lacing as well. Smells of floral hops, and some caramel and sweet sugar.
Mouthfeel is decent. Not the crispest beer out there, but creamy and firm. Flavor is very malty and sweet. This is one of the sweetest APAs I’ve ever had, but I’m not complaining. There’s some bitterness in there, but it is totally knocked down by the big caramel, brown sugar, sweet bready flavor that dominates. I really like this. It could be more balanced, but I found it refreshing nonetheless. Recommend.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger tan head. Aroma is piney hops and some malty backbone. Taste is the same. Nothing mind blowing.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
wonderfully piney and a delicious spicy, hoppy bite all the way through on this fine brew!!
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4278-20120128] 12floz bottle. Fresh melony fruit hops aroma. Clear, orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. More bitter melon hops in the flavour but seems a little muted. Medium body. Drinkable. (8/3/6~/3/14) 3.4
callmemickey (2874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes (2009)
A: Dark amber. Large egg-shell white head. Tiny bubbles leaving behind sheet like lacing. Good retention.
S: Sweet caramel malts. Some fresh baked bread. Light pine hop aromas.
T: Mirroring the nose, this is a creamy malty brew with nice highlights of pine and light citrus. I am not usually a big malt guy with IPAs and Pale Ales, but this had a nice satisfying flavor. Just enough hops to keep it interesting.
M: Creamy, medium-light bodied. Refreshing. Satisfying. Clean finish. Very subtle bight.
O: Very enjoyable brew... and a nice extra in a trade to boot. A bit high abv at 6.5% in a pale ale, but it wasn’t noticeable in the slightest.