asheft (2923) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 I had this beer several months ago (before joining ratebeer), but it’s one that really stuck in my mind as being one of the most pleasant american pale ales that I’ve ever had. I will have to get some more and do a more substantial rating. What I remember:
Nice dark amber with a thin filmy head. Nicely balanced aroma with plenty of caramely malt and hops that was not overpowering with citrusy/piney hops like other beers in this style. Excellent malty flavour with the perfect amount of hops flavour and bittering. More than medium body and substantial carbonation.
Almost, clear, gold-orange with a wispy head that forms a thin ring. Aroma is not overpowering with hops, but has a nice blend of pine and citrusy American varieties that’s in good balance with a caramel malt nose. The flavour is likewise well-balanced with American hops and caramel malt in addition to some nondescript fruitiness (perhaps some strawberry?). Low diacetyl butterscotch flavour. Also some nice bittering that was probably a little less than expected with such an asertive aroma. Medium body and smooth with moderate carbonation. Very nice.
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Feb 2004 bottle. Aged some 11 months. Pour reveals this to be quite krausened. You can pour this stuff slowly, tilted and in to a big, steep edged shaker and the head still billows up, threatening to spill over the glass, after only about a third of the bottle has been poured. Good hazy copper-orange hue to the body, while the head is a mess of white foam. Compact bubbles rise to the surface quickly. Aroma highlights light herbal hops, grassy, slightly stewed, with notes of light almond and lemon. No sweetness felt in the nose. Not altogether unlike the nose of an EPA, though a hoppier, less malty one. Flavor begins with a crisp, strong dry bitterness. It’s not citric or very spicy, just a strong herbs and grass sort of thing. The malt, while giving ample body, adds no sweetness. There is a light chewy nuttiness from the belgian pale malt and a bitter hops refrain on the finish. Quite watery, not necessarily in flavor, but in body. Light natural carbonation, aerated, bubbly mouthfeel. Perfect for a session ale.
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma on this beer is very interesting. Originally i think there was vanilla, but now it smells like burnt wood perhaps?? Less abrasively hoppy then Sierra Nevada, with a relatively low-key finish. A sure keeper.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 medium head with a ciderish color. A malty fruit like smell wwith a very smooth aftertaste especially for a pale ale. A must try in my book.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good pale ale from a very small brewery. Hoppy, malty, fruity aroma. Hazy dark orange appearance, with a small white head. Fruity, malty flavor. Some citrus background. Very enjoyable. Glad to see such a good rating for this beer.
ross (2138) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
after drinking the smuttynose old brown dog and shoals pale- i figured i might as well try this one too. this one was leagues above the other two. this had a great hoppy smell and flavor. poured orange colored. if you are in this part of the area for any reason, this is a great beer to try. good good beer.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large light tan head, good retention.Hazy coppery/orange color.Light citrusy nose with hints of malt. Med/light body sorta creamy. Malty, yeasty flavors backed up with some floral hop notes. Finish is dry. Decent middle of the road pale ale. Thanks boto!
boto (2078) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. This pours a fairly clear, dark golden color. There is a bit of a fluffy white head to it also. No lacing. A somewhat citrusy hop aroma. Maybe musty, with some malt sweetness in the background. A realy decent taste: good hops with a medium malt character. Hints of some other fruits and spiciness to the taste also. Not bad at all!
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smell and color but there was little to no head. It is hoppy and watery but not bad.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium copper color, decent head and lacing. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Tastes is mildly hoppy and well balanced by slightly sweet malts and a touch of spiceinees. Not at all bad.