YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber color with a full white head. Earthy aroma and a hoppy taste. Not an impressive brew from an otherwise very impressive brewery.
hershiser2 (1909) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single.
One word to describe my overall experience here: unimpressed.
My biggest complaint was the lack of flavor. It seemed to be bitter without much else. Nothing defined here... kinda like wanting getting some good french fries, putting them in the fridge overnight, then heating them in the microwave the next day.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was a little one-sided. There was not much more than a bitter hop presence in this beer. Only mediocre.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden colour with lots of yeasty sediment. Aroma is sweet with some citrus. Flavor is sweet citrus with some yeast. Acidic and hoppy finish.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a belgian witbier, very cloudy, sticky diminishing white head. Mysteriously enough, aroma is skunky at first, the scent fades away quickly enough though. It gets hay-ish, light, wheaty and tart. As it warms, the hoppiness becomes more evident and a very honest bitterness draws its way, it remains rather tart for a pale ale. Low-to-medium bodied. This is the golden horse that rides in between the weizen and APA. It kind of serves no purpose though. Original, but not what I expect from a brewery with such reputation.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An inception momentarily impregnated by an immature skunk...Cloudy, pale yellow Belgian wit clothing covering the full hay wallop of a bright Kolsch...Subdued, wheaty citrus from a German weizen encountering the confident late bitterness of an American pale ale...Characterful drinkability which sometimes suggests incoherence...
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium-density white head, fairly thick and long-lasting. Leaves a nice soapy lacing. Golden body with lots of yeasties floating about. Sour/funky aroma, almost like a weak gueuze. Light mouthfeel. The biggest component of the flavor is piney resin. There's some pale malt in there, but it's well hidden by the hops. Has a dry woody aftertaste. I really can't get much else out of the flavor. It's like drinking diluted grapefruit juice out of a wooden cup. The beer is pretty refreshing, but it's a little one-dimensional for me, I do like a decent malting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Hoppy aroma... little bit of pine... caught some slight sulfur. Body is a good looking gold color with some haze. Head is average but dissappears after a while. Overall flavor is bitter dry hops with a long bitter finish. The beer was good overall with not to impressive hops. I liked it better the second time around.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Highly carbonated. Hazy. Crisp light body. Moderate bitterness. Very dry. I like this beer, but I am not sure why.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beclouded yellow-gold color as it sets in my glass, with lots of little “fernies” floating around, the head is a majestic crown of white upon the gold with a satin like sheet of lace to drape the glass. Earthy malt that is somewhat sweet and crisp at the front, backed up my a hint of yeast, a splendid nose if I may take that liberty, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a fine drinking beer and one that would be a “Hit” with us “Arizonians” when the temperature hits the 110’s, hell it would be a hit here if it hit the 10’s, “God” forbid “Snow & Ice especially here in Phoenix, cus these “Knot Heads” can keep from running into each other in bright sunshine on dry eight lane roads when we are all heading in the same direction.