Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of kp via trade. Aroma is loaded with rye, moderate sweetness, and a light floral hoppiness. Pours a light transparent amber with a small white head that fades quickly. Sugary sweet and caramel up front with a moderate grassy and light citrus hop finish. Lots of rye in the finish that lingers for a short time into the aftertaste. More rye in this beer than any other I’ve had. A little to sweet up front and not enough hops for balance for my tastes.
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 refreshingly hoppy, citrusy beer as all pale ales should be. what differentiates this one is the bigger malt feel you don’t expect.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an onion skin and orangish color, light lacing. The aroma greats you with mildly sweet grain, crisp hops and light alcohol (I think). The flavor seems to have sweet grains and malt and the Rye must increase the crispness level overall (like in Hop Rod Rye). Very well balanced citrus hops as well. Good. Body is a bit creamy but finishes crisp. Overall this is a nice ale. I’m sure it’s a staple of the brewery.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Decent. Interesting taste. The kind of beer that tastes good at first, but lingers and ruins your opinion over time.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely fresh 12 oz bottle - Sparkling light amber, creamy white head. The hop aromas were no joke with loads of pine needle and white grapefruit rind, with a light earthy tone late. Citric hop assault flavors up front and throughout, and faint hints of rye play upon further warming. Not a ton of balance here with the sweet malt, but who cares if you like your hops in liquid form. Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry, bitter, clean finish. Like I mentioned in my cream ale rate...gimme this stuff all day long! Special thanks to John at Terrapin for hookin a brotha up. Now work on that Maryland deal will ya!?
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is all about juicy, pink grapefruit sliced rolled in pine needles. Nicely balanced flavor with juniper and grapefruit. Light-bodied and crisp with lively carbonation. Finishes mildly bitter, dry and grassy. I really like this one. Terrific session beer.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright gold with a huge rocky and creamy looking ivory head. Fizzy. Sheets of lace. Smells of sweet peach.
Taste is more tart than the smell which is nice. It’s sweet but balanced a bit with a tartness, not quite sour but close. Mouth is creamy and slightly sticky. Tasty and straightforward. Does the job
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange amber color. Small white head. Muted Amarillo hop aroma with some sweet malt tones. Sweet malt combines with floral hop character. Pantina of husky astringency from the rye. Mouthfeel is medium light, fairly quenching.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a slight head and lacing. The head is quixkly diminishing with a nose of flowers and dried orange. The pale taste is pleasing and it has absolutly no aftertaste. A truly wonderful beer which isnt comming from a Homer as in the last couple of ratings ;-).
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a little dark for a PA, minimal head. Smells of grapefruit and spice. The taste is an explosion of hops, leaves you with a hint of malt. I like this one a lot.