Kodos (200) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Others comments say it all...Excellent!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark copper color with a fine white head and generous lace. Floral nose with nice malt undertones, the middle is a blend of malt and hops, with the finish being all ’HOPS’, POW right in the taste buds. Been a while since I sampled this above average Pale Ale. Medium body and light carbonation, a top 5 pale Ale on my master list and if your a Pale Ale fan, this is a must try beer. A certain rival to SNPA.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Map Room, Chicago: People keep mentioning the citrus on the nose, but what about the berries? At first I thought I had mistakenly ordered a fruit beer, the rasp/blueberry profile was so strong. That, and orange, and caramel malts, and a whole lot of other complex fragrances and tastes, and you have perhaps the best American Pale Ale there is. NOT overrated, in my opinion.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pale orange/copper. Clear, minimal head. Aroma has a very cutrusy, hoppy and inviting quality. Huge malts, huge hops, fruity qualities all balanced superbly. Nice DRY finish. A great APA!
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer, somewhat overrated in my opinion, but that probably has something to do with the fact that I can buy it at the local liquor store. It would probably hold a more mythical place in my mind if it were one of the ’unavailable’ beers that I had to travel to get. That said a good take on the APA
TAR (2494) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 Dances with the taste buds nicely, but lacks malt focus and balance. I need more toast and caramel. More like a dumb-downed Dreadnaught, with a tad more dry-hopping that really becomes more evident within the accompanying hop belches. The citrus hop profile is profound in every regard. This would more than suffice as an IPA. Whatever.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This runs circles around SNPA in my opinion. Bigger malt, bigger hops and bigger mouthfeel. This is supurbly malty (caramel flavors) for an APA and the hops are just big for an APA. Very distinct citrus astringency and some bitterness. Nice copper to bronze color with very minimal head. My only complaint is the excessive yeast sediment my bottle contained, which made the beer appear muddy.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice pale ale. Citrus notes and a nice golden orange color.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is a great APA. Probably my favorite. Great malt backbone to complement 3F’s great hop flavoring. A great drinking experience!
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2001
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The citrus is just a little too strong on what would otherwise be an excellent beer. The overall impression and aftertaste is great, but it stings the tongue just a little. Still, the strong hops really give it good flavor.