madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper in color with a thin layer of beige head. Great hop aroma on this citrus, pine, resin, some sweet malt. I haven’t smelled this much hops in an APA for a while. Taste is sweet, some malt, then some pine and citrus hops in the end. Grapefruit/orange aftertaste. A bit watered down and light, that disappointed me a little. A little more malt presence would’ve been nice. Overall better than what I was expecting.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Update: The new Drifter Pale version is a touch different. The bitterness has died down, but it still doesn’t have enough malt base. Very floral nose, but watery body and a let down on the malts.
Very sharp hop nose, floral and citrusy, and very green smelling. This beer just didn’t have enough malt base for me, the hops were very sharp and the bitterness dominated. Not balanced enough in my opinion. The hops gave a nice tangerine smelling nose. Wish it just had a bit more malt to balance it, was just to sharply bitter like the halo.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small beige head. Nose is notes of honey, as well as some earthy & floral hops. Taste starts out sweet, some honey and toffee, then the earthy/piney hops kick in. They are on top of a light but tastey malt backbone though, and this has a nicely balanced bittersweet finish. Light/medium body. Moderate carbonation. An excellant easy to drink beer, perhaps even better than the 2006 version.
Reid (1888) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle.
Dark copper/amber beer with a good sized frothy/foamy light tan coloured head. Great laceing as the beer goes down
Qute a strong piney hop aroma to this one. Some malts but its mostly hop scents.
Strongly bitter taste to begin with, almost on the borders of astringent, then some citirc accents ..i get lime for some reason.Malts are pretty weak on this pale ale.
Mouthfeel is OK, nothing special. I found it actually begin to get on the watery side.
Overall a nice beer, though could have done with more malt in it.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a foamy, white head. Aroma is abundant with citrus hops. A lot piney qualities as well. Very fresh and hoppy nose. A bit of sweet malts underlying. Bitterness comes out strong at first in the flavor leading to a rush of orange citrus. Toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with a lightly sticky palate. It ends with a bitter citrus bite.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006. Apparently the "Summit" hop variety is a new strand that they used for this beer. Bright golden, medium head. Large hop aroma, tons of esters, pine, and bubblegum. Taste is green and vegetal, very earthy, herbal bitterness from the hopping. Just a tad too bitter I think. Body is very light. Needs more malt muscle.