Braudog (5454) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle shared by Ben at the Birch. Super light colored, almost lager-like, this instantly draws you in with a simple, yet decidedly citric aroma. We had fun trying to peg this one, with its relatively light body, yet assertive hoppiness. Ends with a bit of a nice little peppery bite. Freaking amazing beer! Thanks, Ben! (#4567, 4/12/2012)
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark orange pour dank, dense aroma, sweaty, buttery bitter with some metallic on the finish
Fratto (2503) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bu11zeye’s 10K tasting. Light pour with a white head. Aroma is lots of tropical fruit, light caramel, and grain. Taste is bitter, grassy, and more fruit. Nice finish.
mcberko (5197) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a small white head. Very aromatic with floral hops, tropical fruits, and fresh orange peel. Flavour of loads of floral hops, piney hops and tropical fruits. Hovers between that ambiguous border of a pale ale and IPA. Finishes dry, tropical fruity, and somewhat florally. Beautiful pale ale.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Local Option in Chicago. Pours a clear amber/copper with frothy white head. Aroma is powerful citrus and resinous hops. Taste is very bitter with a bit of sweet balancing malt...but not much, it’s very hop forward which is the way I like it! Medium body, very crisp carbonation, finishes dry. Great pale ale, I could drink a few of these!
SHIG (3402) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft: Poured a golden to light orange with white head. The aroma was citrus and hops. The taste was a full on piney hops taste bus attack, but left to a nice fruit finish. Glad I could enjoy a beer like this in on location.
polomagnifico (1190) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of tropical fruits, citrus of all kinds, catnip, grass, sweet caramel malts and flowers. Crazy good aroma when fresh. Best smelling American Pale Ale I’ve had to date. Medium hazy orange amber hue with an average off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is medium sweet and heavy/medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft with a shorter finish. Overall a very impressive Pale ale. Crazy good aroma and good to very good everywhere else. Loved this one.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of herbs, grapefruit, and pineapple. Flavor of grass, herbs, citrus, pineapple, grain, and grass with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. Sweet Christmas! As my estimable bartender Greg so aptly put it, "sometimes when I drink this I don’t think I ever need to drink anything else." This stellar APA is really that good. Very handsome pale orange pour, with a gleam brought out by the carbonation and a silky head. Nose is terrific, brightly fruity and just a touch of sharpness (actually seems more complex than some Citra-forward beers). Bracing, lively mouthfeel. Taste is outrageously good, with pine, a trace of wood, all providing just enough of a bite to balance well with the citrus party. Grapefruit, melon, pineapple, but bitter hops all the way through. Absolutely terrific.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a transparent dark honey, nice white head leaves great lacing. Aroma is tropical hop, pineapple, grapefruit, fleshy fruit, bright citrus and hop resin. Taste follows the tropical fruit in the nose, more citrus, very tasty. High carbonation, medium body. Awesome.