Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I traded two Anchor Porter’s for two of these one night...poor choice on my part...I’m not a huge fan of Pales to begin with but being a Bell’s product I thought it would be a solid ale, but I wasn’t impressed.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. A hazy golden yellow with suspended particles and some rising bubbles. A great snow white frothy head that lasted until last drop. All was good until I smell the beer - a damp piss smell. Remarkable for its lack of flavor. It’s only redeeming character in this area is in the feel of the beer in the mouth. A poor effort.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 Thought I picked up a sixer of Third Coast Old Ale. Cloudy, yeasty, sour. I was very dissapointed. Drain pour (may have been a bad batch?).
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2002 and 2004 bottles. not bad, not great. I guess they made what they were trying to make. A little bit too light for me, and a strange bubbly/bitter taste that dosent belong. Could use some more hops, too grainy of a character. A touch more sweetness wouldnt hurt either. Has a good deep yellow color, with some moderate haziness and a huge foamy white head. Lots of sediment floaties. Aroma is dry, papery, touch of citrus, typical apa aroma, though lacking the caramel sweetness.
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good but not quite up to the other great beers that Bells produces. A little too light in the taste for an ale for my tastes.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Okay, this is a light, clear yellow color. Slight aroma, with a slight tangy taste too it. Lighter then most pales I enjoy. Bell’s as whole in their lighter ales/lagers really haven’t appealed to me so far.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good sharp hops flavor at the end, but nothing too exciting otherwise in terms of flavor. It does have a nice cloudy yellow color and a thick foam out of the tap, which at least makes it look attractive.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
its not as hoppy as some pales but still pretty good
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’d like to try the Third Coast Old Ale. This is not quite as good as the other stuff I’ve had from these guys.
olympian (107) - USA - APR 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Larry Bell plays fast and loose with the terminology sometimes, and this is such a time. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a beer, it’s an India Pale Ale (or more properly,
an American Pale Ale). I agree with the other reviewers that the hops climb all over the malt in this, but I love that in an PA copy!!
There is a distinct ’orange peel’ flavor in this that I love, too.
Near the bottom of my Top Ten list (it will probably be displaced someday), but still a favorite of mine.