unclemattie (4349) - 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 (2917) - 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 (5326) - 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.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale, pale orange. Head had good fluff to start. Very faint hop nose. Nice, mild hop flavors and character. Very well blanced with some soft malt. Very good- a winner.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. no glass so no appearance. hops, malt a little sour smelling. nice maltts. little bite. would like more hops. grapefruit.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle best before week 4 of Aug. Poured a clear orange amber color with a nice white head. The aroma found floral and hoppiness. Caramel and citrus was found in the flavor. It was a beautiful balance of malts and hops. Medium body that was very smooth in the mouth. Light bitterness throughout. A very enjoyable APA.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle best before 3rd week of May. Poured a nice caramel malt amber color with a v. nice head and great lacing. The aroma was of citrus and light floral hops. The flavor was caramel, bready, and some v. light nut and wood notes. The hop finish was fantastic and very well done for a Pale Ale: nice combination of pine, floral, and citrus notes to balance this thing out. Mouthfeel was perfect, just a flat out drinkable beer, a great session beer if looking for such a thing in the GA area!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at The Bier Garden in Asheville, NC. Clear, dark golden color with lasting, foamy white head that laced the glass. Aroma is reminiscent of light apples and flowery hops. Fruity, hoppy flavor up front. Grainy pilsner note at the end.