DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you to atpayne for this one, which I am honoring by making it #500. Pours dark straw/amber with a super head and lacing. Great dark aroma of hops, fruit, citrus, and scotch. Tastes very hoppy, with some citrus, honey, scotch, cognac, and malt at the finish. Extremely complex, but not super heavy. Finishes very smooth, crisp, clean, hoppy, and complex, with subtle scotch, cognac, honey, citrus, and white grapes. Like some of my other high ratings, this one doesn't knock me out in any particular category, (aroma and appearance are awesome, though) it is the sum of the parts that make this one a kick ass brew. As a side note, the alcohol may be the best hidden of any beer I've ever had. I could literally drink these all night (at least until I passed out). Extraordinary beer. Thanks again to atpayne.
bdmast (10) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hoppy, similar to an IPA (which I've quickly tired of) due to bitterness. Complex aroma, great amber color. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very satisfying overall, but a little too bitter.
bigbish (619) - California, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer from a great brewery. I nice amber color, with a head that displays some staying power. A slightly sweet hoppy aroma with an explosive flavor of malt with an extra helping of hops. One of my favorites
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found the taste a bit of a letdown. Something reminiscent of a fruit and ginger ale punch. Color, aroma, and appearance (if served at a proper temperature) are all very good.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong aroma of hops and flavor of hops. Although, I detect a faint similarity between this aroma and that of old martini olives. There is a serious bitterness to this beer. An excellent American Pale Ale
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy-citrus aroma comes from this copper colored brew. Great taste...sweet malt nose with a huge kick of hops for a smooth finish. Very nice Pale Ale.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
super-fresh hoppy aroma, with a hint of sweet malt. man, i like the smell of those american hops (definitely one of those ones that starts with "c"). ultra-smooth taste, great complex taste of malt and hops that finishes clean and hoppy. an awesome beer!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn nice beer out of the bottle. Full of hop aroma, full head that lasted indefinately. Nice body in the mouth, malt with a huge hopping at the end. Would have another and then another.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to joeybgood for this treat!
Grapefruit juice is one of my favorite flavours - so too is grapefruit hopped beer. This one smells like a Florida fresh grove beside a stand of pine trees. The rich copper colour and slightly off white frothy head are beyond my expectations for an American Pale - beautiful. Grapefruit and hops engage in a fresh sweet and bitter battle in your mouth - but only briefly as it is a very dry mouthfeel. Bitter puckering finish - very nice.
jasonp (1558) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Great brew! Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with an off-white head. Has a vibrant, fresh, floral piney Pacific NW hop aroma. Taste is sweet with notes of caramel, toasted malt, hops, grapefruit, citrus and pine. This is like mainlining Centennial hops; and that’s not a problem with me. Plesantly sweet, plenty hoppy but non-harsh bitterness. Leaves a nice dry, bitter aftertaste. Medium body, smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Great lacing and head retention. Highly recommended!