MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 June 10, 2006; 12 oz. bottle
Straw color, small head. Signature citrusy ST aroma, but there’s something sour in there as well?
Watery (on the finish) and uninspired, this brew lacks the character of this brewery’s excellent flagship IPA. Unfortunately, can’t say there’s anything "extraordinary" about this one.
Re-rate on April 19, 2007: Was a bit hard on this one the first time around -- I have to remember to rate to the style to some extent!
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is definitely NOT the best Southern Tier, but it is good. A very hoppy ale and malt with a strong aftertaste, this is definitely the one for the true beer enthusiast.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden-amber color with good long lasting head. Amarillo hop aroma with orange, citrus and raisins. Aromas of malt in the background with hints of yeast. Sweetish malty flavor with orange-raisin hops. Same flavors continue into finish with light bitterness.
sayravai (4708) - 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 (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, 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 (811) - 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 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.