Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep gold/amber. Big hoppy floral aroma. Very bitter with lots of butterscotch. Herbal. Good mouthfeel. Very dry finish. Good example of the style. Very hoppy.
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An amber beer with a small disappearing white head. The aroma is almost nonexisting - what is there is sweetness. The flavor is very dry with notes of coriander, caramel, and spices, though I can’t tell which. The flavor is very artificial.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 small head. decent flavour. pale yellow colour. slightly hopy flavour. a nice summer beer.
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 A nice pale, although I can’t get as excited as some do about it. Well crafted, beautiful color, fair lacing, better than average micro pales in the aroma department....but certainly not phenomenally outstanding in the bottled form...in the same class as Conner’s with possibly more fruit-floral nose to it.
The pour was a clear orange-amber with a 1 finger head that laces nicely. Fragrance of fruity-floral hopping over a sweet malt aroma. Medium to heavily carbonation (lost points for this from me). That (IMHO) over carbonation produced a sandy-peppery mouth feel that SHOULD let go, sooner or later, and reduce this medium bodied ale to a creamy mouth feel....but it doesn’t… that carbonation hangs in there and actually detracts for the finer aspects of this ale. I detected nice floral-bittering over some great pale malt sweetness...the finish is dry and tart with the hopping lingering in the metallic after taste...but even in the finish the tongue is still being strip mined by the damnable over carbonation. This is probably a very good pale ale but they’re gonna have to remove a lot of that fizzy mega brewer carbonation to get these great tastes across undisrupted.
I had a Black Oak pale right after this and I Know I’m right about this. The BO was softly carbonated and this lends itself to the flavor departures AND makes it much more drinkable . I have tried this beer on tap in PQ many times hoping the carbonation would be less aggressive but it always seems to be present masking this ales true potential.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, clear redish amber color with a fairly laced medium white head. Grassy and fruity hops aroma. The flavor is hoppy but not overly bitter and then fruity and manbe tangy. Bitter finish. Light body, slightly watery texture, lively carbonation. This used to be an amazing beer but now it is decent at best.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is hoppy, mixed with sweet malts. Pours a beautiful golden brown, thick bubbly white head that sticks around. Half-decent malt precence for an American Pale. Hop bitterness is present, but I would have liked it more aggresively hopped. A decent beer but falls short of being great.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive colour, inviting smell, highly pleasant flavours: malty and nutty characteristics well balanced with the hops. Rich mouthfeel.
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, light copper appearance with a thick (at first), off white head. Grassy, earthy aroma not unlike an Italian pinot; this nose really grew on me. Medium-bodied, moderately bitter, with lively carbonation. The taste was a little fruity up front and led to a well hopped, dry finish. Thanks to tiggmtl for the trade.
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap, St. Lawrence beer show. I found this to be a little thinner than what I remember. The nose was certainly hoppy, but it had something else in it - I don’t know, I came up with Windex, so maybe it was the condition of the keg. Anyway, the body is still very crisp and thin for an IPA, yet is quite balanced between malt and hops and turns out quite good. Again, a little to carbonated for my liking, so it may have been the serving condition of he beer that is affecting my rating, much like the apricot. Good offering though.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap,nitro.Light amber in color with a small white head. Floral hop aroma with a hint of toasted malt. Toasted malt flavor,bready,hoppy with a pleasant dry finish.