beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy pale golden color, thin white head that faded fast and leaves spotty glaring lace. Smell is sooo nice and fresh, yummy nose filling aroma of floral hops, citrusy, grapefruitish, piney lightness, with a small backing of malts. Taste is right on for a pale, excellent fresh hop taste, bite and bitterness. Grapefruity lightness, oily a bit. Drys and lingers in a smooth style of boldness leaving the notes of malts in the back. Feel is solid medium body, bitterness slowly settles, thinly finishing. One very nice pale, quite quenchingly yummy.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one took me by surprize. I thought "Oh great, another pale ale". But I was genuinely surprized that a pale ale could taste so
good coming from a small brewery. The Cascade hops add a spicy note to this beer. Along with the Belgian malts, it is a well
balanced beer by any standards.It poured a copper color, with a snow white head on top. It has a nice, floral aroma to it, and I
can smell the malt as well. Usually these types of beer have the hops way overdone, but restraint was apparent in the making of
this beer. I would recommend it to anyone.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - APR 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Troegs accomplishes the amazing feat of brewing quintessential examples of every style they try. This pale ale tastes exactly like a pale should, crisp and hoppy but with (what too many others forget)a nice malt canvas to sit upon. Not my fave style or fave brew from Troegs, but really, really well done and an excellent take on the style. Like all Troegs it's not pasteurized so the clean, fresh, bready flavors really shine through.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hoppy smell with a copper tone appealing
cloudy look to it.
Medium body that feels nice going down.
This has a pretty good after taste and it's a pretty good beer.
I prefer the IPA beers over this style.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the first Troegs brew I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. Usually I am not a fan of Pale Ales, but this went down smooth and had an enjoyable finish.
lmb1958 (3) - USA - MAR 30, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer, especially since they started using the "hopback" vessel. My Brother brought from Cleveland brought some Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale and we did a blind taste test. All three testers rated the Troegs a better beer.
siberianrun (10) - Arbutus, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great "summer time brew", reminds me of carbonated grapefruit juice very thirst quenching, great american pale ale.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pale peach color; no head to really speak of; Spicy, inviting nose. Strange Band-aid flavor at the start mixed with hops. Can't finish.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale Ales are not my favorite (a little too hoppy for my taste), but as Pale Ales go - this was very good. Nice color and finish. Troegs seems like a good, quality brewery.
jgb9348 (4436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2003 Re-Rate (new bottle):
Light golden colour with a fairly thick dense white head. Smells of floral and aromatic hops are very present along with a subtle maltiness. Medium-to-Light-Bodied; Metallic hoppiness in the taste with a floral overture and a malt background which has its own backbone and is pretty balanced overall. Aftertaste bittering from the hops in a floral sense. A very good American Pale, but I'm not sure if its as really good as a 3.68! I lowered my rankings for Flavour, Palate and Overall after this bottle, and raised my rating for Aroma...thus lowering my score for the beer. Definately worth trying if you are in the area, but there are much better APAs in Virginia (Hop Pocket Ale, New River Pale, Dominion Pale all come to mind). I bought my twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Manassas, Virginia.
Light golden colour, smooth hoppy smell. Sweet start, and a hoppy taste and aftertaste. A good overall Pale Ale!