daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
DLD. Amber pour. Citrus hops, malt and some tropical fruits. Flavor profile is hoppy and fruity. Dry finish is right. Not bad at all.
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at 2009 DLD: Slightly hazy light coppery hue with a frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, some pine. grapefruit and mango, biscuit and caramel malts, touch of pepper. The taste follows suit with a moderate hop forward character and balanced malt overtones. Some fruity acidity and hop spice but not in your face either. The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing, slight astringency upon the finish. A good example of an APA.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Another APA psuedo/collab. Pours a decent coppery dark amber, a decent haze, small offwhite bordering towards tan head that laces ok overall. Aromas throw a decent grapefruit and fuzzy peach fruitiness, decent bitterness and lively fruit move into bready and toasty malts with a decent sweeter toffee edge, florals and grass, a decent feel overall. Taste is a bit off for me, sweeter toffee and caramel are there, less bready pale malts and crackers, hops fall behind a bit, decent bitterness of grapefruit rind, florals, and lemon mix with faint pine and an ok lingering bitterness. The sweetness gets to me a bit, a bit too sweet overall, heavier bodied for the style. Give me something that is fairly hoppy, fruit forward with a light pale male body for my APAs. This is a bit overdone for me..
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at piece, pours light copperish amber with white head. Nose has fairly mild peachy and grapefruity notes with sweet toffee malt. Flavors achieve a good balance with sweet malts and bitterness, lacks that good fff/pnw hop presence resulting in a forgettable profile, while this is surprising more malt forward heavy on the crystal, sweet and hint of toasted malt. One of the more lackluster fff effort as it taste like it coulda come from any brewpub USA.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap into a pint glass at Hopleaf...Pours a dark orange, more like copper with a light white head. Only about a finger of retention not much lacing or great retention...The aroma is super light, mostly malty, light caramel, a little orange...Taste is ok, nothing special. Light malt again, too sweet. at 65 ibuís not a ton of bitterness. A really sweet boring pale ale...It was tough to drink the whole glass.
HonkeyBra (3374) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Color is dark copper/orange with offwhite head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy, sweet. Grapefruit and orange rind, a bit of toffee and earthiness. Typical strong three floyds hops and sweetness, toffee and caramel and peaches. Pine, lemon, orange rind. Pretty nice flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel. I liked this beer.
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at maproom (not a recent rating)... pours a hazy yellow pour with a one finger frothy white head... floral and citrus hops, clean and fresh... sharp citrusy hops, well carbonated with a mild bitterness. very drinkable and refreshing.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at DLD í09. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a finger-width, white, fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a generous lacing. Aroma is mostly the standard FFF floral citrus. Lots of hops in this consisting mostly of grapefruits and lemons. Some light malts, but mostly hops. Flavor is very hoppy, similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus, earthy bitterness. Some very light caramels up front, but again, mostly hops. Palate is light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a moderate pine linger. Overall, a decent enough beer with a lot of hop flavor, but a little off balance IMO and unimpressive.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Pizzeria Paradiso, Dupont Circle. Quite surprised to see this on tap, but evidently this is what happens when I move away from DC. Pours a slightly hazy, tarnished orange color; thin, fine-bubbled off-white head with solid lacing; nice pour. Solid earthy and floral bitterness in the aroma, lightly bitter and nothing rough, with a quiet, candy-sugar malt core; definitely an east-coast / midwest style of hoppy beer, but pretty aromatic and engaging. Medium body; light carbonation; lightly creamy and quite smooth; moderate amounts of earthy and floral hops (not quite English style, but not a citrus focus by any means); an earthy, candy-sugar-tinged malt core; balanced; somewhat heavy / sweet for a pale ale, or at least what I prefer from a pale ale, but pretty tasty and a solid presence in the mouth; still, a far cry from something like Alpha Kind. Light finish of earthiness, quiet candy sugar, balanced ending overall.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
amazingly, this beer was on cask at Pizza Port San Clemente. It was mildly hoppy, with a hint of spiciness. It would be interesting to have it on a regular tap.