scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold, creamy white head. Nose held fresh grassy citric tones that warmed to lighter pine and toasty caramel notes. Grassy earth-like hop flavor balances on a light sweet malt backbone. A touch of citrus creeps back in in the last half of the pint. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, lightly bitter finish. A pale ale that’s nice for football Sundays...
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of shadey. Golden-orange with dense white head, great lacing. Aroma all citrus zest up front, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Faint pils-malt like background. Up front flavor is exactly what aroma suggests, slight oxidation/astringency in the finish detracts a bit, (would have been a 4.2 for me otherwise). Hop profile for APA is pretty big, probably pushing the limit, almost IPA. Oily smooth mouthfeel but finishes crisp, highly sessionable APA.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid pale ale. Weak overall, but drinkable. Hope notes with slight malt hangin out. Went down smooth enough with a weaker then expected hop flavor. Lite citrus, less then I hoped.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
LIght golden color with a smallish, but stable white head. Rudy red grapefruit and lemon zest dominate the aromas. Hints of sweet pale malt in the background. Not the typical scent that I would expect from a "harvest" ale, but a rather nice surprise. I’m starting to wonder if I like it because it is different or because I really do like it. I think I like the difference. Sweet malt and lemon soap in the flavors followed again by a burst of malt and sweet somewhat floral hops. Finish is somewhat dry with quite a bit of bitterness left on the tongue along with fresh green hops residue. A solid APA.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a brilliant and clear, orange-tinged golden color; white head with good retention and shiny, cascading lacing. Fresh, resiny hop aroma: grapefruit and citrus: not even the slightest astringency. For starters, this beer reminds me so much of Buckeye Amarillo IPA (which is now my baseline of clean hops): clean, orangey and citrus hoppiness throughout; great resins and hop oils, with just enough malt to keep things afloat; just incredibly drinkable and good. Seems more like my conception of an IPA; just lacking a little depth. Medium, refreshing, light orange hop finish.
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very hoppy when ice cold, but evens out as it warms. I really wasn’t expecting all the hops, but in the end it works well.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RFD Washington DC, 10/6/07. Pours an attractive deep golden with a frothy white head. Fresh, grassy, herbal hop nose - not intense, but nice. Has a simple malt profile to showcase the hops; notes of pale brewing malt, a light touch of bread/graininess then fresh grassy, floral hop character. Seems like a mix of noble and American hop varieties. Well attenuated, not that sweet - assertive yet non-harsh bitterness. Medium/light body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. An ideal session, everyday drinkin’ beer. I wish I can get cases of this for the entire summertime.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a smallish white head. Aroma is huge floral hops, grapefruit, caramel. Flavor is again grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing, finishes with a profound hop bitterness. Very good!
Ughsmash (7323) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear lighter golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up a soft, very pleasant light fruit and grapefruit backing that supported pine and grapefruit from the hoppage.. nice and sweet. The flavor lost a step, but only one.. caramel and grapefruit sweetness with rising pine and juicy light fruit bitterness as it warmed up.. quite bitter and refreshing on the finish. Light-medium bodied with a sweet and bitter finish. Good stuff!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle, from both shadey and hopson (thanks guys!). Pours a BRIGHT yellow golden, almost flourescent it seems; with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma is crisp citrusy hops. Flavor is more hops, with a milder, albeit nice, lingering spicy bite. Crisp and clean on the palate. A very solid and tasty APA for fall.