1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Via CaptainCougar. The beer pours to a very clean looking glowing amber body with a lasting white head and a decent lacing. The aroma is piney and dried pineapples and papaya. The flavor is lightly piney with dried papaya and light graham crackers. Nice centennial hops. The palate, unfortunately, leaves a lingering leafy bitterness that I didn?t like. There are somethings I like about this beer, some not. Perhaps this is just edging on a touch old?
Rerate: had this fresh in bottle and tap in Atlanta. Much better and super easy drinking.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz - best before 9/27/06 - thanks Secret Santa July 06. Aroma of malt and lemon. Pours transparent yellow with no head or lacing. Flavor is a pretty bland malty brew with a hint of lemon. Really isnít much palate either. I can see this being popular is the heat of the South and after I mow my lawn, but otherwise not too exciting.
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice little piney nose to it, big thin head with some lacing. Caronated bite, then a mild hoppiness, a slight mettalic finish, although this could be the specific beer or date. I was expecting a better apa since it claims to be in the west coast category. Quite quaffale though. Overall is ok, im glad the south is at least trying.
beerlamb (21) - USA - JUL 19, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy, or mabey it was the glass. Darker yellow color. Crisp and sweet. Good for any occaction.
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Rotten eggs??....but in a good way she says.......so it has a wonderful pale amber color....fruity aroma.....bought it in Bryson City, NC....bought it for the name....loved it so much ...bought over a case...everyone who tried it back home dug it...and we are still diggin it....it is one of the most approachable roachable beers ever released into a bottle...:)
unclemattie (4137) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the beer that got me into the Beer Thing. Shared a 6pk with Chuck Tinsley in the East Piedmont Publix (#280) parking lot in 1997. Was hooked ever since. Got the Tshirt. I ordered this beer anywhere I could find it. Until I found ROGUE and the Pacific Northwest. Golden in color. Very well balanced. Quality seems to have gone down as popularity of the brewery has gone up.
NachlamSie (2737) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 draught. Iíve been waiting for that moment when I stroll into a southeastern bar and realize that Iíve rated everything they have to offer except for the 420 PA. Well, it finally happened yesterday. Pours a nice shade of copper with a dense, white head. There is rich grapefruit and subtle caramel in the nose. Overall, itís a touch flat in its brightness, but certainly at least pleasantly zesty. Itís semi creamy with a slightly sour finish. Easily good enough for a session brew.
[Nov. 29, 2007]
Bottle best before February 9, 2008. Holy crap! Something worthwhile actually showed up in my hometown. I picked this one up right away, not because itís awesome, but because it does not suck and itís for sale two miles away. This is a typical American pale ale, but very well balanced and clean. The malts are juicy with tasteful caramel suggestions and the hops highlight things a little bit and leave a desirable sting in the finish. I could definitely use some more hop character on this one, as itís quite weak, but itís still a clean, tasty, easy to drink ale. I am praying for Sweetwaterís IPA to show up next.
[Feb 14, 2008]
Bottle, somehow the best before stamp missed this 6 pack. Nice mild APA nose, a bit of friendly citrus hops and pleasing doughy malts. Body is fairly light along with the flavor. The first noticed thing is a slightly herbal tinged, caramel, biscuit profile with an accessible dry kick in the end. This is a clean, crisp, consistent beverage that could serve as an excellent gateway into craft-ale territory or a trustworthy quencher for beer lovers looking for something a notch lighter.
[May 31, 2008]
On tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours a barely hazy gold with a very creamy head. The aroma sports some mildly spicy hops, wimpy malts, and definite suggestions of nutmeg. The mouthfeel is a little light and quite refreshing. A good, accessible mix of sweet malt and tamely spicy hops are present in the flavor and the finish is barely dry. This is a pretty standard APA, though this nutmeg flavor Iím getting now seems a little different.
[August 4, 2008]
On tap at Barley’s. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small white head. The nose is modestly hoppy with some grapefruit and cinnamon. 420 is lightly malty with a balanced hop presence. No frills or thrills here, but a light bodied and solidly balanced APA. A predictable caramel sweetness is found with an almost textbook citrusy, spicy hop profile. I found this cinnamon thing going on to be somewhat interesting, however. Not a bad brew.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer came to me from my beer club and I am not familiar with the brewer. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a copper color with a medium sized yellow-white head. The flavor is sweet fruity hops with an undertone reminiscent of fruit cocktail. The beer is moderately thick and sweet yet it still lacks a bit of a malt presence given the strength and complexity of the hops.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of light caramel with some hoppy hints. Mild caramel flavor and some more floral hops. Thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to Richmond.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold body with a light white head. Malty aroma, with some additional hops... overall, fair. Caramel, light citrus fruits and some hops are evident in the taste. Nice ending. 12oz. bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar.