holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle pours a light amber color with virtually no head. Very weak malty light carmel and hoppy aromas come into the nose. The mouthfeel is light to medium with some carbonation. The flavors come across as raw. Very raw, as if they had just bottled this days before. It tastes an awful lot like homebrew that needs to sit in the bottle and mellow for another couple weeks. Raw grain and malt flavors cling to my palate with a light bitterness. No date on the bottle but this tastes like it shouldn’t have been released yet.
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to shadey for this bottle. Pours gold/amber, with a white head. Aromas are subtle, but very pleasant hops, with a touch of caramel. Flavors are slightly bitter hops, along with some fruit and caramel.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with shadey - Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head. Light lacing. Lively carbonation. Has a citrus hop aroma and flavor. Very little malt. Light to medium body. A decent PA, but not extraordinary. Thanks Shane.
milewide (2079) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well balanced! Hops and malt both come through. Color is light amber, not "pale". I’m an IPA fan, but I like this better than Southern Tier’s IPA. A nice surprise in a World Market variety pack.
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber into a shaker. Bright white conglomerate head leaves heavy lacing as it recedes. Sweet pine and resin aromas. Creamy but flat. Smarties with a slight bitter hop finish.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
whenever there is a commercial description avaialable, I usually read it. that said, when I got to the part on this beer about "sprinkle it with fairy dust and wave our magic wands" I knew it was time to move on! clear gold with a fast fading head. mild hop aroma with flavors of mild caramel malt and more mild hop profile. nothing offensive here other than the commercial description. decent session brew, thanks to styles for the bottle.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orangy gold color. Generous carbonation that produces a lasting off white crown. Sweet candi and hop aroma. Distinct tangerine hop flavor. Flavor also starts a little sweet and then finishes with a delicately balanced bitterness and even a hint of tartness. I think this is a great American Pale Ale and quite memorable because of the tangerine flavor. I could probably sit around and drink this stuff non-stop! This was my second Southern Tier beer and I have been quite impressed with both. I have two more of the "regular" ST beers in the fridge to try and then I will have to go get their "upper end" ones in the 22 oz bottles. So far, so good. I think Southern Tier is going to make it onto my favorites list pretty quickly...
12 oz bottle, $1.71 from Belmont Party Supply.
DomErie (11) - McKean, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Nice citrusy hop flavor. Very drinkable session beer. ST has made me a big fan this weekend.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks perfect! Crystal clear amber with a huge white head. Smell floral and slightly hoppy. So far so good. Taste is bread and yeast, under-hopped, with a stinky skunky vegetable finish. Drain pour, not because it is so bad, but because I have better stuff, including better stuff from Phin and Matt.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-A slim sheet of foam tops the bright peachy bronze.
-A resinous, wooden hop perfume promotes orangey fruitiness as well.
-Juicy, citrusy oranges and leafy rustling cooperate with the simple overall fruitiness.
-The sleepy carbonation helps drinkability, emulating cask service.
What if you dig deeper?
-The maltiness offers something to hang on to, but few flavors (frail biscuits?).
-Hop bitterness is minimal, which is surprising considering its importance in the rest of the beer.
-This is a decent APA with enough hops dancing to create interest, but not enough of the rest to be memorable or satisfy completely.
Bottle; no date.