madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle - Pours clear light amber with a foamy off-white head. Nose is lightly sweet toasted malt, lots of pine, herbal hops, and a bit of spicy grassiness. Taste is more dry toasted bread malt, herbal and pine hops, and a spicy, bitter, drying note on the finish. Some caramel and butterscotch notes, too. Smooth and creamy. This was a little dry for my tastes initially, but it grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle. Pretty good stuff. DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from HyVee, Storm Lake, IA. My first encounter with these brewers. Sure, there was a pils and a dark ale on the shelves, but when you see "single batch series" on a label, thatís what you gotta grab. Claims four "spicy" varieties of hops besides the dry-hopping. Pours a rich-looking amber color with a lot of bubbles at the start. Doesnít kick up much of a head. Smell says "pale ale" indeed, a bit more peppery and hoppy than malty. But the taste is pretty big. I get the impression of German hops, it seems, balanced by a little bit of American piny hops. Slight ale fruitiness noted in this hop-forward beer. Ends up with more malt in the finish. AWISLguy (3046) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours an unclear amber color with a faint white head. Aroma has pine and caramel, and more toasty, caramelly malt. Taste is of sweet caramel, faint pine and a lot of resin. Medium bodied and fairly thick for a pale. Shrug? Not the type of take on the style that is enjoyable. Bacterial (2986) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Dark amber pour at the Surdykís in MSP Terminal 2 waiting for my flight. Very little head, but it was also served in a cold glass, which is bad bad bad. Bad. Nice biscuit nose with a big hoppy nose (pine and floral). Hoppy, some bitterness and a strong malt taste with a dry bitter finish. cards04 (2784) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
I think this is a really nice APA. Aromas of soapy hops and caramel. Flavors are bitter and tangy citrus hops with a nice malty backbone. Very nice.
islay (2660) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Biscuity aroma features orange, peach, yellow plum, and golden raisin fruit scents. Barley wine-esque smell. Also reminiscent of white wine. Smacks the nostrils with its power. Highly appetizing aroma. Pours a bronze to light amber color. The liquid is clear and effervescent. Moderate amount of yellowish, cream-colored head. Good, long-lasting lacing. Dry taste. The taste is less complex than is the aroma. Interesting finish that is heard to describe beyond being spicy, and Iím of mixed opinion as to its desirability. Light grape flavors, but mainly dusty dryness. Mostly English barley wine-like, but some dry Belgian, saison-like notes. Dry finish. Medium body. Easy to drink, especially given its strength. The palate effects generally are not remarkable. Low on the liveliness scale. Itís remarkable how different the flavor is from the aroma. The fruity notes of the aroma are barely present at all in the taste. Enjoyable and interesting, though not great (but good indeed). Iím glad I tried it. ryanfolty (2539) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Orange brown pour with no head. Citrus hops in aroma and taste. rubbishystuff (2529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2015 Thanks to Pa for this one. Quite good. Nice level or hops, a bit on the pine side. Malt nicely balances. Serving: Bottle fidelis83 (2403) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours hazy burnt orange with a 3 finger off white head that has great retention. Aroma is caramel, pine, citrus, brown sugar, sugar cookies and sweet graininess. Flavor is caramel, toffee, citrus, light woodiness, brown sugar, biscuit, woody notes and a little pine. Finish is mild grapefruit, some pine, lingering brown sugar, biscuit and mild bitter hops. Palate is lightish bodied with a slightly dry entry and slightly more dry finish, smooth feel and moderate carbonation. I found this to be a nice, hoppy, very drinkable beer the best I have had from Brau Bros. so far. portableparty (2347) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours unclear dark amber with a tight foamy off white head that fades to a film and slight lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and earthy light hops. Taste has subtle bitter earthy hops and slight herbal qualities along with caramel malt and light spice. Palate is medium gritty and chalky. Decent.