jlulensk (39) - san jose, California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Really good pale, nice hop kick but very clean aftertaste. One of their standard taps, a good thing! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2012
On tap at The Green Frog. Solid pale ale with tons of flavor; pushes into the IPA realm. Crisp and snappy texture. Juicy hops. Floral aromas. Moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Very sessionable and tasty. ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Rich foamy head with a light amber color. Heavy malt flavor. Dissapates fairly cleanly but leaves a nice coating of malt behind.
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Combo rating between me and my wife. So I would have a tick down. Nice amber hue with odd white head. Great lacing too. Nose is spicy hops and quite generous for a pale ale. Flapcor has an initial burst of hops but not heavy. Good balance of bready malt. Really nice for a standard pale. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear copper with a lacy white head. Sweet citrus and pine nose. Light toffee and citrus taste with a lingering resinous finish. I have a hard time seeing the IBUs being as low as 37? Another nicely sessionable beer from Black Raven.
OldMrCrow (2444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Draft at the brewpubs.
Nice strong pawn pale aroma, and then maybe the most aggressive hop edge I’ve ever en in an APA. Tom’s adjective garlicky is ingenious. I have never thought to call a beer this before, but this one is actually garlicky. Pretty darn session able, nice beer. 22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Clean, clear, light-amber. A fine northwest pale ale featuring up-front citrusy-piney hops. Very similar aroma and flavor qualities to their IPA when drank side by side, the "little brother". Slightly bigger malt backbone than most pale ales, which is quite pleasing. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2010
draft at the brewery. pours a crystal clear dark amber with a loose and slightly sudsy grayish head. toasty, garlicky nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. toast, browned garlic, biscuit, and a little bit of cooked caramel on the mid palate. long toasty finish. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft at Black Raven.
Aroma: Citrus, caramel. KansaiBeerLvrs (5255) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 6, 2015
Appearance: Clear amber; offwhite head; irregular lacing.
Taste: Bread; biscuit; toast; citrusl/floral. Muted sweetness, moderate bitter finish.
Palate: Creamy texture, medium to full body, average carbonation.
Overall: Almost an IPA in its bitterness. I like how toasty and dry these Black Raven pales are -- it’s a recurring theme that I haven’t encountered in many other pales / IPAs.
Aside: Just made my way onto the top 50 raters from Washington. It feels right this mini-milestone was ushered in with local beer (well, as local as the east side is ... it’s a shame I can’t make it over very often, because it’s a fine brewery with a nice tasting room).
Totem pale ale Black Raven
On tap at Fujiyama’s 1st anniversary event. A deep reddish orange pour with an off-white head. The aroma is spicy & fruity. Lovely zesty body very light & refreshing. The taste is spicy, lightly bready fruit. Light & easy drinking stuff. Good.