TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12oz bottle.NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Pours a clear, pale golden color with never-ending streams of bubbles that feed a thin white head. Aroma is crisp, bitter, earthy, slightly spicy hops with a slight off-putting vegetal element with little of the distinctive piney/flowery/citrusy attributes of PNW-variety hops one has become accustomed to for this style of beer these days. Flavor is crisp and clean, bitter, green-grainy, decent malt support, very light fruity tones, and again no overwhelming pine/flowers/citrus/whatever that this style almost invariably possesses these days. This actually tastes similar to a Kolsch. Finishes with a medium body and a tingly, bubbly palate. <P>I found this beer quite jarring at first, having become so accustomed to the contemporary renderings of this style. but it grew on me after a while. It’s fitting with Capital’s penchant of doing beer the traditional, old-school way rather than trying to re-invent a given style. In that sense, this beer is quite good at what it is -- a pre-PNW-era American pale. Unfortunately, that makes it kind of boring by contemporary APA standards. I won’t go out of my way for this but I won’t run from it either.
I dunno, this just didn’t click with me for some reason. Certainly not a bad beer but it’s not particularly memorable either, From a bottle, this pours a clear light golden with a small white head. Plenty of cascade hops aroma. First taste is all piney cascade hops, with little else in the followup. Somewhat bitter finish. Good hop prescense but nothing much backing it up. Honestly, Point’s Cascade Pale Ale is very similar and costs less to boot. islay (2958) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pleasant, floral, dry, hops-dominated aroma. Buttery, fruity smell, like peaches or apricots and cream. Also a touch of pine scent. Pours a sparkling, pale gold with a lot of bubbles. Moderate to large amount of tightly laced beige head. Produces nice, thick lacing. Buttery primary taste. Light spices, pine, and lemon sourness. The flavors aren’t strong, but they are nice. Dry finish and appetizing, dry aftertaste. Medium body. Smooth, silky texture complements the creamy taste well. Some liveliness on the palate. Capital U.S. Pale Ale is a friendly, accessible, and very pleasant APA across the board. I’m impressed! BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured golden with a small head. Aroma was mainly piney hops. Flavor was pine and perhaps some light citrus. A touch bitter. A bit watery. Eh.
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Catty cascade hops everywhere. Glass from the brewery. Average beer overall, wasn’t really impressed with this one.
jbuzz (839) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2008
Capital night at Three Cellars Milwukee.
A nice easy drinking Pale. Good Hop after taste Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle poured a clear yellow with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, bread and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, yeast and light spice with a smooth lightly dry moderatly bitter finish. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Yellow with quickly diminishing head. Citrus mixed with pine in the aroma. More of the same in the taste. Nice dry sweet fruit finish. Solid APA. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Pleasant hoppy aroma of light pine, some cedar, grass and citrus zest. Pours bright gold with a thin white head. Plenty of toasty bready malt with some minimal lemon zest bitterness. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes with some steely dryness. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Pours a clear copper yellow with thin white head that dissipates. Aroma is lemon citrus with hops and cereal. Flavor is quite a bit of hops and bitterness. Body is light and carbonation is average. Nothing special about this pale ale....just another pale ale.