Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Knotty hops ride high over a backbone of butterscotch malts. I remember their brown ale having this feature as well. Caramel amber color, a small amount of lace. Sharp bitter hop flavor, does not contrast with the low lying vanilla laced malts. Comes off as kind of soapy really. Body is what you gather from that. Could be better, although that zany fish seems pretty happy.
johnnnniee (2732) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and a fair amount of lace. The aroma is caramel bready biscuit and a fair amount of earthy citrus hops with enough butterscotch to remind me who makes it. The flavor is bready toffee and butterscotch with an aggressive hop bitterness but little flavor. There’s an off putting mineral mixed with wet cardboard oxidation going on here as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Welcome to yesterday’s APA. There’s an aggressive use of hops here for the style, but they are all bittering hops so you get that bite mixed with the signature flavor from the yard with the ships. Honestly with so many better beers out there why bother with this one?
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012.09.27 - 12oz bottle. Drank straight from the bottle so I didn't get to observe much. This was a pretty yummy pale ale. For me, a good amount of hops. Nice and prominent on the front end then they melted I to the background. I am not a fan of super hoppy beers as a rule and this was a happy medium.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Nikki’s Liquors, Providence. Pours a clear orange color with a large foamy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal, floral hops and faint pale malts. The taste is citrus hops and pale, doughy malts. Thin-medium bodied. Decent.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has a decent amount of biscuit malts, grass, and light citrus. Medium bodied. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dough, grass, and light earthy hop. Lightly bitter finish. Decent.
idedek (157) - USA - AUG 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a light aroma with a mild piney hint. a very light bodied pale ale. a bit of bready flavor and hints of something odd that I can’t put my finger on. the finish is a little disappointing as it doesn’t have a nice hop finish that should be in a pale ale.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) amber with small white head. Caramel malt. Bit of hops in the finish.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bouteille de 12 oz, rapportée par Suzanne. Arômes de levure anglaise (esters fruités, touche de pain frais), légère présence houblonnée. Robe cuivrée et limpide, effervescence moyenne et belle mousse qui tient bien. En bouche, la levure anglaise est très présente, avec ses esters fruités et sont côté rappelant le pain frais. Le malt est légèrement caramélisé, sans être trop sucré. On remarque une légère présence de houblon fruité, mais cette bière est vraiment déficiente à ce niveau pour une Pale Ale (et la bouteille est fraîche). Finale présentant une amertume d’intensité moyenne. Bof.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.
Appearance: Hazy amber with thin white head and just slight lacing.
Aroma: Malty, with toast, caramel and butter, with just a very light citrus component.
Taste: Buttery, toasted malts are dominant. There is a fairly strong bitterness at the end, but only very light citrus hop taste. Sharp aftertaste.
Palate: Moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Dry finish, but not in a good way.
Overall: Pretty bitter for a Pale Ale, but they forgot the actual hop flavor. Plus, the malts simply aren’t very good. Unfortunately, this is not a good Pale Ale.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a fading ring of beige head with a deep golden body. Aromas of malt and some floral hops. Flavor is caramel, malt, floral grassy hops. Finish is lasting malt sweetness.