ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Citrusy nose with caramel and heavy toffee, light dough but picking up some unusual chocolate overtones. Dark amber pour with a rocky beige head. Taste moderately dry, some hay and cookie with toasted grains, pleasantly malty but that under a thin blanket of bitterness and harsh carbonation, though the latter isn’t terribly significant. Good citrus profile but I want more from the hops. Touch of booze toward the back, aftertaste is a little stale, and the full body is too strong for an APA - we might better class this with the IPAs. Enjoyed it well enough! Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
This is an intriguing beer. It has a beautiful orange hue and creamy 1-finger head with slight lacing. The malts come through as sweet and the hops are earthy. Not really what I expected to taste for a Pale Ale, almost like an amber/red. I liked it though. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a small tan head and little lacing. Subtle caramel malt aroma with a hint of ripe fruit in the background. Taste is molassas, caramel malts and dark fruit followed by spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish. Would agree to disagree about the style it is listed under. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Poured from the bottle into a narrow pint glass to drink. The beer had a copper color with a slight dark amber hue and a large foamy off-white head that had very good retention and average lacing, but very little cling. Its aroma featured a strong caramel malt component blended with some citrus hops, and lighter touches of honey, lemon, and straw. The taste had a sweet and sour caramel malt flavor with only the lightest grainy bitterness. Its body was fairly airy with lower carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel without much life or thickness. fletchfighters (1532) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Really like the aluminum bottle. Very well done. Poured an opaque golden brown. Short lived sand colored head that went quickly to film. Just a little bit of retention with a few swirls. Lots of very small carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.
S-- Lots of Carmel in the smell. Biscuit with spicy floral hops. Carmel really stands out well in this.
T-- Burnt carmel, sweet carmel. Good amount of malt to this and touches of hops. Seems like an ESB to me.
M-- Sweet with touches of bitterness. Front is sweet with the burnt carmel and back is floral bitter hops. Reminds me more of an ESB or a US take on it. Medium carbonation and medium feel to this.
ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 8/6/12
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Aroma: The nose is kinda weak with some light caramel, toffee, fruity hints, and a little earthy hops
Appearance: Pours a caramel-amber color with a 2 inch foam of beige head and heavy lace-work
Flavor: The flavor of this one is somewhat malty, kind of sweet, a little bit soapy, and some light hops
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a bit on the sticky side, and it ends softly with a somewhat dull finish
I didn’t find much to love here. This beer just feels a bit dull, and for an APA there is a clear lack of hops. If you call this something else, maybe I could go a touch higher on the score, (not much, but a touch) but as an APA, it’s a below average example for me.
12 ounce bottle. Redish brown color topped by a small beige head. Pleasant roasted malt nose hints at caramel and apples. Spicy toasted malt flavor with a citrus hop backdrop. Nice balance and body. Long bitter hop finish. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pours translucent amber with a thin white lacing around the glass. Aroma is of sweet starch, light caramel, and pale malts. Flavor is sugary at first and leads into light hop finish. Refreshing, not bad. stef92 (128) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours dark copper with cream colored head. Aroma of alcohol & pine. Abundant hops with strong caramel finish. Hearty ale full flavored. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2012
This beer was terrible. It was flat with no carbonation or aroma. Taste was of stale grains and a watery texture. Maybe i got a spoiled can and i will re-rate if my next experience is any different.