austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
What a surprise! I had no idea this beer was so good. Fairly sourish. Nice balance. Huge malts and lightly hopped. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Truly an authentic English PA. Wow, those Maris Otter have that unmistakeable tang, even for a lowbrow palate like mine. I completely love that stuff. Same as in Swale's Indian Summer Pale Ale, I believe. Yum. Hopped just right. In my opinion, with a beer like this it's not...sweetish malt component plus (piney/citrus/fruity/earthy) hop component, the entire deal is unified. Delicious. SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
(tap at Eli Cannon’s in Middletown CT) bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
had a distinct biscuity-pale-malt TsT1T2 but faded very quickly into a nicely-balanced citrus-hop T2T3Tf.
great with a burger or fish&chips.
the pale ale that finally convinced me that maybe the style isn’t all bad, and even made it my go-to style when i’m thirsty.
Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head and very light lacing.
Aroma: Very bready and toasty. Light tea-like earthiness, lemon and English hops.
Taste: Quite a bit of bread and toast in the taste as well, but also much fruitier. Tea, lemon and spicy English hops all play a role as well. There is some light sweetness from the fruit, but this is generally a very dry beer. Subtle yet quite complex.
Palate: Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Wonderfully dry finish.
Overall: This is one very impressive EPA. I wish more brewers could nail this style so well, as I often get bored by them. Great everyday beer.
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Peculiar. True to the English Pale form. Malty and refreshing without overpowering hops. Quality
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2000
........ Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Pours a deep, clear, reddish brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. It has a nice malty aroma typical of English pale ales. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely malty with hints of caramel with a mild hoppiness appearing in the finish. Very smooth and tasty. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. Good ale. ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2005
2004 bottle. Dark chestnut brown, with light auburn tinges and a moderate amount of beige-flecked-white head, moderate retention. Initially full/intense aroma of caramel/maris otter malt. Sweet and clean, with lightly dry earthiness/toastiness. Easygoing hops in the background are leafy and lightly dry. Flavor is bubble-gum, toffee, dates (heavily), slight alcohol dryness. Low bitterness, light fuggles nuances. Good notes of cherry, though it is faint and deeply in the background. Very English, yet very clean on the end, with just a slight touch of hard water. Flowery hops play, well-behavedly, with toffee and everyone is happy. Medium body, low carbonation and no thinning. Coffee comes forth, lightly, as it warms. . .yes, coffee it is for sure. Slight sediment in the bottle.