DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Whole Foods in San Diego/Hillcrest, CA) I donít know what to make of this beer. Itís very flavorful, no question about that, and itís quite malty and moderately hoppy, but thereís something odd and funky about the flavor thatís actually a little unpleasant, I canít put my finger on it. Itís bready and lightly roasty, balanced by a moderately bitter hops. Mild tea character. Fairly hoppy nose, but again, thereís something slightly unpleasant that I canít identify. Amber in color and slightly hazy. Average size to the head, off-white in color, but maintaining a thin layer for the duration of the tasting. I want to try another bottle.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange pour with an excellent flavor,liked the bitter finish. strong pale ale
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a small white head. Aroma od caramel and citrus. Bitter finish. Hoppy, sweet malt flavor.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Wonderful strong pale ale. Itís been a favorite for years. It started showing up in bottles in the SF Bay Area in 2000 and has been increasing in availability ever since. Tastes to me like lots of tasty Cascase hops added late in the boil and again dry hopped in the secondary conditioning phase. Nice crystal-malt sweetness that blends excellently with the hop flavors. Highly recommended. I could have sworn this beer tasted even better about 2-3 years ago, but itís still very good.
VAYankee (338) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, dark amber body with a cream colored head. Pungent - malt base with strong hoppiness and a touch of honey sweetness. Body is a bit thin. Caramel malt flavor is present but slightly subverted by a smokey flavor. Hops lead to a dry, grassy aftertaste.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, medium chestnut body with a quick to clear out, off-white head. Nice citrusy hop nose. A somewhat earthy smoke flavor with a little roasted malt and a subtle hop finish. Grassy hop flavors linger in the aftertaste. Different for an amber but very interesting.
Braudog (6114) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous dark amber beer with big rocky head that stacys on like a tan poof of whipped cream. Nice fruity/hoppy nose. The flavor is more of a smoky caramel than I expected after the aroma ... with a light citric finish. A different combo than ordinary. Nice combo of heavy and hoppy.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a golden orange w/ yellow highlights. Ok head and lacing. It had a pine and grapefruit nose and mouth, but the mouth had a hint of brown sugar sweetness. The beer was really tangy and aggressive w/ good effervescence.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sunset orange. Again I am getting a touch of honey in the aroma, just like I did with their India Pale Ale, along with a touch of caramel covered red apples, toffee and a huge resinous hop scent. Watery texture and very thin in body. Notes of caramel, toffee, bright fruits and west coast hops. Overall, just very bland.
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a darker and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized head. Somewhat hoppy and citric. Sweet.