obguthr (4220) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensely floral nose, lilly, marigold, fresh cut grass with peach undertones. Clear amber, medium yellow head with little retention. Strong but less intense and more simplistic flavor of marigold, leafy. Pleasantly bitter. Medium body, sessionable, full flavored. There are many different hop preferences, but this is what an APA should be. Exemplary.
Travlr (14161) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Bright golden color, small white head. Aroma of bright pine. Taste is pine branches, hay, white pepper. Nice stuff.
portableparty (1978) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Greg (DalzAle)! Pours hazy amber with a soapy off white head that fades to a foamy film. Aroma is piney spruce and grapefruit with a mild caramel in the background. Taste is awesome resinous bitter piney grapefruit hops with a smooth sweet caramel finish that is very subtle. Palate is medium and awesome with a dry bitter finish. Please let me have more!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 12/2011 3R6P tasting. I had good hopes for this one but it really did very little for me. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a small white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dryish catbox with a hint of spice and pine. The flavor was dryish pine, resin, catbox, mint and faint caramel. The finish was long, dry, piney and resiny. Medium body. Disappointing.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT2! This beer rocks! Lots of citrus and pine in the nose, leading to dank floral herbaceous hop pungency. Great balance of hop facets with a super clean malt character makes for a hop-bomb phenomenon.
poibag808 (14) - Hawaii, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Nice thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing. Beautiful golden honey/orange body with good carbonization.
S: Really pungent floral hoppyness.
T: Malty sweetness upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Each sip has a nice dry finish. Delicious.
Great pale ale that seems more along the lines of a IPA.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as an extra in a trade. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium sized white head. Big bright hops on the nose, spicy citrus, earthy malt. Cool and clean, spicy malt and hops, thins out a bit flavorwise, but still tasty throughout. Long earthy bitterness on the finish. Nice easy drinking pale ale. Quite tasty.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.
Pours clear bubbly amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a thin collar. not much lacing.
Whoa, this thing packs a serious punch in the nose with grapefruit, pine resin, lemongrass, pineapple. Some light biscuity malts as well. Without a doubt, the best nose I’ve come across in a pale ale.
Taste doesn’t quite match the standard set by the nose but it’s still great. The initial taste is juicy citrus with grapefruit and floral pine and grass - really showcases the Citra hops. There is a light bready malt in the background but the taste is all about the hops which leave a tangy bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and really crisp and clean.
This is probably the best APA I’ve tasted. The Citra hops are certainly the dominant player and it works really well. Excellent beer.
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 355mL thanks to vw73182. Bottle release from the XV anniversary party. About two weeks old. Pours a clear amber orange with a towering, massive, rocky, off-white head. Sheen appearance with ridiculously insane, webby lace. Big sheets of complete lacing. Nose is huge orange juice, ultra dank mango, pineapple, mild sweet onion, pineapple flavored alcohol. My girlfriend thinks it smells like caramelized onions with meat...not necessarily bad. It certainly is not just a citrus/floral hop aroma. I would place the nose more at something like tamarind or other meaty Asian fruit we are not as familiar with. As it warms it gains more starchy character and sweet potatoes. In general, the nose starts off explosive and mellow out so no reason I see to let this decant like most beers. Taste has a nice biscuity quality to stave off astringency. Huge orange juice, ultra quenching malt character, with mild pineapple like alcohol and meaty fruits like jackfruit and durian. Very soft biscuity, quenching mouthfeel with decent amounts of butterscotch richness I get from Sculpin, Duet, and Alesmith IPA. Hot damn this is good. I’ve now had about three bottles of this over the past few days and the palate gets super quenching, small orange juice acidity, citrus fruitiness. Whoa. Like APA category demolition right here. Forget about topping this ever. Well, maybe fresh Spring Peeper. Perhaps a little boozy for the style but who cares. Would be dangerous as a session beer.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a dark, golden brew with a 2-inch white head which lasted. Lacing was spotty but lasted throughout. The nose was the resinous and the lemony, hop-centered smell you would expect from the citra. The taste was dry, lemon, orange and mango, grassiness, pine but there were tones of some nice malt notes and grain as well. I loved the healthy carbonation and some nice bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel was medium to light. What a wonderful surprise this beer was. I just wish I could get more!