nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one smells less like 420 than the road trip. It does have lots of grassy hops along with lightly toasted malt and caramel. The appearance is almost amber gold with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma and quite drinkable. The palate is average. Overall it’s fine without being great.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Bottle courtesy of robbmotiwalla. Thanks!
Pours a clear orangish amber with a light whitish head. Smell is more whole grain unmalted barley than anything, along with some mild hops. Interesting.
Taste is unusual again with raw barley flavor and somewhat faint hop flavor and mild bitterness. Slightly fruity flavor, but very raw grain like. Not bad, just very unusual and unexpected. Somewhat full mouthfeel and slightly rich. Interesting beer.
Rerate of it fresh on tap was quite better. Very solid and sessionable. Fresh, fruity bitter hops. Nice pale.
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Floral, slightly pungent aroma that’s loaded up on the lemon and orange C-hops and is neatly grounded in a whiff of bread. Pale orange body with a short, tightly-knit beige head. Light body is sharply crisp and refreshing, taste lightly bitter and hoppy. Some really nice Centennial shining though. Floral, slightly citric (grapefruit) notes and a slightly soapy, washy quality toward the back. End isn’t as dry as I’d like, but there’s a nice maltiness here, if you look for it. Nice, calm summer APA.
RH (2) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. An ideal Pale Ale tasty, fresh, flavourfull and stil refreshing and drinkable. After few unbalanced IPAs and other of hopped and malted beer, this one saved the evening. The only one I took twice. I was really surprised to see the waiter sorry because he made a little head of foam (!?!) Is a beer usually served without any head in Georgia ?
Une Pale Ale idéal, savoureuse et toujours rafraichissante. Après quelques IPAs et autres bières du genre, la 420 Extra Pale Ale a sauvé la soirée. La seule que dont j’ai bu deux pintes. Le waiter était désolé d’avoir fait une petite mousse de 5mm (!?!)
abcfan (917) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks jimbowood. Very average brew here. Pours a pale orange color with a thin white head. Has a mild hop aroma. Taste is very light on the palate. This one is very easy to drink, very simplistic. Has a mild malt finish to balance out the hops. Very light, almost sweet finish.
milewide (2059) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color is darker than most pale ales. Fairly hoppy aroma and taste. Followed a bottle of LandShark, and was much superior in all aspects.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pretty average across the board. Pale amber appearance with almost no head. Very slight aroma of hops (no citrus aroma or flavor for that matter). Malt flavor with slight hop finish. Ok beer.
tnkw01 (1717) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice beer. Wonderful aroma, almost floral in it’s smell. Taste is great. One of the best hop tastes I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. Great experience. Highly recommended.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to jimbowood for this bottle. So close. I traded for this so I could have the right beer for the right rating on the right day. Unfortunately, I got a little distracted yesterday and never got around to rating the beer. So, I got in the right mood again and am rating it a day later. Close enough. Pretty light and watery, almost a pale lager style pale ale (hence the extra pale). Malt is so light it almost makes my mind wander towards adjuncts. Hops just don’t play the role they should in a pale ale. Virtually just there to balance the malt a little. No standalone bitterness at all. The best thing i can say about this beer it that it’s very wet. The little bit of hops do suggest somethinig like a wet grass in the morning or a melon. It’s cool and wet, but with a touch of a green hopish flavor. If someone told me this was a pale lager I would have to score it pretty high, because it tastes like a really good pale lager. But, as an APA, it just doesn’t have enough of anything to be satisfying.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle on 44/16/2008. Clear gold pour, medium white head. Toffee and some light citrus aroma, not overpowering but inviting. Clean on the palate with a medium body and carbonation to match. Good balance, and welcome and refreshing dry finish. A pretty standard APA, easily drinkable and refreshing. Nice session beer.