sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Almost clear amber color with a smallish, tight and foamy, lasting head with lace. Pine-hoppy, citrusy and soapy aroma. Pine also dominates the flavor, which has hints of lemon, sweet-honeyish malt and birch leaves. Light to medium-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. An ok pale ale, but not very interesting.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Bottle (via BeerBeast): Outstanding!!!!! Just a fabulous beer. Aroma is soft and delicate, taste is full yet not overpower ing with any one thing. i kept thinking the taste was malts, no wait hops, nevermind malts (so a tad more malts than hops), so balanced and good!! The best beer I’ve had in a long while, especially when you consider its one of those underrated APAs, its outstanding!!!
garrison (757) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a reddish-amber color with a tall white head and piney aroma. Tastewise, I like it (very Sierra Nevadaesque) but it’s a bit heavy on the evergreen flavors.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a copper colour with a nice little head. Scents of fruit predominate the nose. It’s almost like a fruit sweet but not overly sweet, apricot and/or peaches. A nice balanced APA, not a near IPA, but subdued, but still present hops. Nice session brew.
gsmitty80 (1782) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Much better on tap than in a bottle. Clear clean fruitty taste with crisp hops and a good color.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Coles, enjoyed while drinking with Rudolf and IPfreeley. Pours murky copper red with a malty and floral hop aroma. Very dominant citrus hop flavor with a nicely balanced malt profile. Slight dry and bitter finish. A very solid APA, and a tad hoppy which is how I like it.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has a lovely crisp aroma of flowery hops but the taste doesn’t quite live up the fumes. There is an apple-like maltiness which seems to override the hop content. In the aftertaste there is a bitter spike reminiscent of a biscuit swimming in a cup of tea. Dry finish is present as with the other Southern Tier brews I’ve sampled.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somerville Beer Carnival 06 - Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with little head. Taste is clean crsip and hoppy with citrus. First beer of the carnival!
kramer (4857) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a hazy orangish copper under a small white head composed of very fine bubbles. Nice perfumy hop aroma with a light citrus fruitiness of tangerines and lime zest. Flavor is fruity and crisp, so much citrus flavor you’d swear they added oranges to this. Very well balanced and thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very fine carbonation yielding a creamy mouthfeel. A pretty nice Pale Ale. Not overly aggressive or in your face, but a nice session drinker.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden blonde with a clear bubbly body that leaves a 1in off-white head. The aroma is strong hops, lemon, honey, and a chalky sweet tarts feel. The taste is balanced, starts floural hoppy, with a slight herbal tea sweetness. There is a lemon honey presence that has a natural "honeycomb" taste. The floural hop presence is great, very different and the finishes is smooth with a soft creamy feel on the throat.