FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a amber-copper color that shows a somewhat hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit up front, but a deeper inspection of the aroma yields cracker-like malt notes and a touch of orange zest.BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Citrus hop notes up front meld into pine flavors and an herbal bitterness that is pretty substantial. Cracker-like grain notes, some grassy grain, a light malt sweetness (though this is on the dry side) and perhaps even a touch of stale malt notes sum up the malt contribution here. This beer does have a big hop bitterness to it, it is perhaps the most noticeable part of the flavor. This is nice and light bodied, though not watery, like a good Pale Ale should be.
A pretty simplistic Pale Ale, this is not necessarily a bad thing in a Pale Ale, but this particular example seems a bit unbalanced (even for what is generally a hoppy style). Not bad, but could be much better; the best thing about this beer is the fluffy, long lasting head.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
Pours with a large, off-white head over a hazy golden orange body. Great lacing. Aroma of nuts, dirty water, citrus hops, and caramel. Taste is mellow with citrus hops and caramel. Light bubbles. Decent Pale. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a cloudy gold with a minimal white head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is malt and light citrus hops. Taste is malt upfront followed by tart citrus finish and a bitter resin finish. Medium mouth feel. Not a bad pale. Thanks Jason! BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Wish something about this trumped the label but unfortunately, this beer was underwhelming. Honey colored brew with a solid tightly packed white head and average lacing. Aroma is fairly subtle and grassy, with some of the citrus and pine being offset by caramel malt. Flavor is much sweeter than expected...this one definitely has a malty backbone (perhaps a bit too much, actually) that takes the field instead of sitting on the sideline. Wish the grapefruit, orange peel, and douglas fir was a bit more pronounced. Good but definitely no better. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Dark copper pour with an off-white head. Slight hop aroma, but not much. Wow, flavor is much more intense than the aroma, lots of smooth hop bitterness, nicely balanced, very tasty.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Nice looking PA, golden straw body with a light hazy and a soft, frothy ecru head. Good pale malt backbone, light caramel sweetness with a soft grainy body. Sharp, astringent hops upfront that really sting the palate but slowly loosens its grip to segue into a great rlight resiny hop profile with subtle pine and soft citrus notes. Well done. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle as a bonus in trade with hopdog. Thanks man! Pours orange with a fluffy lasting white head. Smell is mild fruity orange and tea like earthiness. Taste is very balanced with a nice malt presence with slightly strong orange fruity bitter hoppiness. Moderate hoppiness and spot on for a pale ale. Medium to full body with crisp carbonation. Solid, enjoyable pale ale. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Aroma of malt, pine and hops.
Flavor is oily reinous pine and bitter hops balanced out with just enough malt.
Decent pale ale. troopie (2324) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. Poured medium orange with Thick white head. Aroma of citrusy hop. Malty flavour, with a hop spine and edge. Thin mouth. Hop in the finish, but not a lot. This smells like a Cape ale and tastes like a pale. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is big citrus and pine hops with some underlying toasted malt hiding in there. The flavor has a bit more malt to it, but the hops still lead the way. This is one of those beers that will balance out with a bit of time. Medium body. A decent APA.