ludhaber (38) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very low hop aroma. A lot of hop bite keeps the smooth texture from being enjoyed. If you’re going to put that much hops in a beer that should be more left of it than the cheek puckering preservative aspect of hops.
bigben873 (95) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
March Madness 2011
Aroma - very slight hop aroma, no indication of how hoppy it is
Appearance - cloudy amber, big head
Taste - HOPS! A little bitter overall and finish
Palate - medium body, lots of carbonation
Overall - A very hoppy APA, a little too bitter for my tastes but typical of the style
tastybeer (1488) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is rich pine, citrus, biscuit, caramel. Flavor starts sweet with a nice hop finish. Nicely balanced.
BiddleBrau (829) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an orange amber color, hint of haze with thin white head. Citrus spicy nose. Nice clean initial flavor, malt isn’t overwhelmed but hops still take over but not overtly so. It’s crisp and refreshing, not heavy or cloying. A nice compromise against some extremely heavily hopped IPAs. Yeah, this is very tasty.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty amber with a pillowy lasting head. The aroma has some bread and caramel with a bit of pine and citrus. The flavor is quite nice, similar to the aroma, nicely balanced with a sweet malt start and a hop kick. Smooth and refreshing.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is heavy pine hops with some lemon and spicy notes. Bit of a caramel kick. Clean finish. Not to bitter. Nice beer.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-gold body with a tall, meringue-like, off-white head.
Smell: Spicy, grassy nose, primarily, with supporting notes of biscuit dough, humble barley grains, mineral water, distant caramel, and dried citrus peels.
Taste: Pale biscuit-toned maltiness with a lightly sweet touch of caramel. Grassy, spicy, and herbaceous hoppiness at first, much like a strong black English tea, followed by musty citrus accents (passes from grapefruit to orange and back again). Moderate bitterness. A bit minerally on the back half, with the suds helping to accentuate the bitterness a tad. Finishes bitter and quite dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. The body is just a hair thin and the carbonation a hair too hair, working against the beer as a whole.
Drinkability: It’s been a long time, Tuppers. Nearly eight years by my count. A nice revisit, though I wasn’t taken with it then, nor am I now.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours golden orange with an off white head. Grassy floral hop aroma with some light citric notes. The flavor has grassy and floral hops on a biscuity pale malty base, with light citric notes and a medium bitter finish. Solid.
arone12 (894) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice hazy orange color with an off white medium sized foamy head. Smells of both hops and malts. Seems to be slightly in the favor of hops but with a good amount of malts that balance the aroma nicely. Taste is not as sweet as I thought it might be. Has a nice malty flavor with a bitter finish. Tasty pale ale.
pottygok (407) - Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: A roasty odor with hints of floral hops. Alcohol apparent, and possibly resin.
Appearance: Pours a reddish brown witha creamy head.
Taste: A heavy sweetness with light bitterness.
Palate: Full body with an oily texture, lively carbonation with a long finish.
Overall: A decent beer, but not as bitter as I’d prefer from a supposedly hoppy ale. Obviously well crafted, I could see this pairing well with venison or something similar.