hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Victory. Tasted side by side with the UK version. Poured a medium amber color with a very small white head. Aromas of hops (floral with light citrus). Caramel comes out in the taste. Maybe light toffee as well. Lightly sweet. Compared to the US version, this one was much more tastier.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better than the US version. Copper colored, with aroma of caramel malt, floral spicy hops. Has a solid caramel malt taste backed up by hops and citrus.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a light hazy gold color with a small, sticky head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, sweet caramel and butterscotch malt, with a touch of dry straw as well. Sweet caramel maltiness at the forefront of the taste, followed by a nice hop bitterness with some toasted malt as well. Soft mouthfeel, this was definitely the winner of the Pale Ale contest, though still shouldn’t be Victory’s new flagship.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2005 draught @ Redbones, 2/6/05. Fruitier notes from the aroma, a bit more earthiness but the same amber-orange color with a clumpy, small off-white head. In both cases, the hops take front-seat in the nose, but in the flavor, the British yeast adds more fruity notes and even some more crispness. The difference is still, not that big. I’ll take the clean, buttery and fruity flavors of the British. Less paperiness as well.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Brewery-Actually preferred the USPA. This one has the dustier taste that british yeasts result in. Less fruity esthers than its sister, but easily drinkable. Still, a bit too bland for my tastes. Nothing especially notable.
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
CASK: Grain husk smells with some dusty qualities. gold color, sticky head. Quick warm round matl with a subtle hop bitter. Thinnish. Overall not so excting. Was rather dissappointed, though its still an OK brew.
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask: Light orange color, mall head. Hoppy medium taste and what makes it british is the light butterscotch nose -- just kidding. Light hoppiness, fast going, not that exciting.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Andys. Golden in color with a slight haze, white head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Malty flavor with a nice blend of hops. Smooth tasting. Well balanced beeer. Very nice subtle flavor. Nice beer.
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color, generious & lacy white head, subtle hoppy nose with notes of wood & sweet malt, very smooth, great session beer, very well balanced, nice hop flavor, very smooth finish, a little bit better than their US version
boto (1922) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Victory: An interesting side-by side comparison of US and UK Pale Ales. The colors are about the same, being golden with small white heads, with some lacing down the glass. The UK version has a bit less aroma to it. The main notes are malts and hops. There was a good malt body and hop taste. Slightly more malty than the US version. Well balanced. Very Nice. Slight edge to the US version.