jgb9348 (4659) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
BEST BEFORE MAY 2001:
Slighly hazy amber colour with a thinnish dense off-white head. Aroma of nuts, wheat, grapes, plums: JUST LIKE A DOPPELBOCK-if I had my eyes closed, I'd never known it was an APA. Medium-bodied; Slightly sweet raisiny taste with malt highlights-no hops at all to speak of (but in 2+ years, they all faded I'm sure). Aftertaste subtley sweet and full-bodied; A bit wierd, but not too much past its prime. Really nice to try, I thought it was VERY WIERD to see this lining the shelves at Chevy Chase (where the whole stores selection changes like every week), but I snatched up a bottle! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Chevy Chase Wine & Liqour in Washington, D.C. and sampled it on 20-December-2003.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Amber orange colour, nice creamy off-white head. The aroma is of sweet peaches, hops, orange. The flavour is bitter, some well balanced sweetness of the aroma, short bitter finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Good beer. Bottle.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head.
The aroma is of butterscotch, floral and citrusy hops.
The flavor is well-bittered, nicely balanced and matches the aroma. Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation and a short, crisp, clean finish.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale in color, clear. very pleasant to drink. Nice spicey aroma. Hoppy flavor.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Clear pale color, lasting white head. Spicy aroma. Hoppy flavor. Very drinkable and well balanced.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a clear amber color with a white, fluffy head into a pint glass. The aroma is hoppy, fruity with a slight touch of leather in the background. The flavors are slightly citric, hoppy with a definite bite on the tongue. This pale ale would pair well with oily food or shellfish, IMO. Overall, this is an enjoyable Pale ale.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bright copper-amber colour. Caramel malts and woody hops feature in the aroma. Moderate bitterness but little hop character to match. There is also quite a bit of caramelly, slightly toasty/earthy malt sweetness. The finish is more of the same - a pleasurable bitterness but too much caramelly malts for my taste. Well-made brew but pretty far from my ideal pale.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flowery hop aroma. Clear amber colour with two-finger white head that receeds to a film with lacing throughout. Wonderful hop flavours with a nice malt character to back it up and some fruitiness. Definitely balanced on the hoppy side with plenty of lasting bitterness. Medium-light body - a good refresher or an excellent session beer. Bottle.
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Re-rate: Still noticeable hops, a bit of pine and noticeable woodiness but a big metallic edge as well. A little thin.
Original Oct 2003. 7/4/8/4/15 Pleasant but not overpowering light pine hop aroma. Golden amber with a light film/head. Creamy thick body. Balanced malt/hop flavour with light finishing bitterness. Indeed it is tasty all the way through.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 Near amber color with a small bubbled light tan head. Sweet floral perfume aroma with undertones of pine and citrus. Lighter feel. Earthy sweet malt with lingers of citrus. Very dry in the finish.