msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours light golden amber with white head. Aroma is hops and lemon citrus. Flavor is well balanced between malt and hops with citrus notes. Could drink this all day. It may not be overly complex but makes up with balance and drinkability. milewide (2217) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Weak grain aroma, and nothing but grain in the taste. Did have some lingering hop bitterness---that wasn’t in the aroma or taste. Light amber color, and thin body. Not a memorable brew! holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Sampled on the brew tour. Enjoyed while a man coated in sweat danced drunkenly to the cover band and attempted to get with some other woman up there. Sorry man I guess sweet home alabama wasn’t her song. This ones for you. Pours a clear amber/orange with a white head. Malty nose carmel a few hints of cascade? hops. Clean flavors carmel, pear, grain. Decent, balanced, and clean but nothing special. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Pours an attractive orangeish colour with a small thin white head. Nice lacing, decent amount of citrus character but weak on the hops and a little unbalanced. Nice ale from Capital, normally a big fan of their brew. But this one needs a little work. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours clear medium gold with a thin head.
Aroma is sweet maltiness and fruity hop.
Fruity flavour, light biscuity malt undertones. Clean finish.
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours clear (turning hazy after full pour) orange amber. Very small white head. Old bottle? Aroma is muddled; light bready, perhaps a touch of grass, a little something else that’s not really apparent.. Flavor has a little more to say; bready, light fruity, pleasant, thin, easy enough to put down. Lighter medium body. On the sweeter side. Very very mild bitterness if at all. Slightly dry finish. Its a good backyard beer... zoucrew102 (1802) - - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle, thanks George999! Big biscuit malt aroma with notes of citrus hops and caramel malt. Pours clear golden colored with a thin off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. Starts with sweet biscuity malt as well as some caramel malt. Finishes dry, but smooth with light citrus and grassy hop bitterness. A little sweet for a pale, but a refreshing beer nonetheless. jmohno (1610) - Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Creamy ring of foam,no head.Medium gold.More of a floral hop aroma than spice ,fruit but fairly mild,then a mineral aroma with sweet grain(belgian malt?) and soft bread,mildly english.
Good immediate short lived creamy/ body,soft taste with good hop flavor then an sharp/tart citrusy spice light herbal bittering. Even a bit of pepperyness overall.Very dry light finish,making this very sessionable.Pretty nice overall taste of hops. Good residual bittering with light sweet carmel malt. I wouldnt ever pass up a few pints of this,probably wouldnt get sick of a six pack of this either. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
How strange to smell primarily hops from a Capital brew. Don’t get muchmore then hops ,more like a light IPA rather then APA, The lightness and dryness of the taste does surprise, seems like American hops with German grain malt backing, only the hopping puts this above a macro,tastes like aGerman attempt at an APA, the hops and dryness do make this very thirstquenching, this would be an excellent first brew after a bike ride or jog jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 12 oz. twist-off bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a pint glass.
L: Crystal clear orange hued golden with a slightly off-white head of fluffed creamy foam, decent retention, the head settled into a thin sudsy layer with a light amount of lace sticking to the brim of the glass. Not the best looking APA I have ever tried, but not a bad one either, fills the bill for me on this warm summer evening.
S: Light, brisk and neatly aromatic hop nose, touches of pine needles and grapefuit peel, a little sweet orange blossom as well. A mild backing of sweet pale malts with hints of caramelized sugar. A pretty basic, stock smelling APA, a lightly refreshing smell in its own way.
F&T: Light bodied with enough carbonation zip to give it a soft firmness and a mellow creamy crispness. I would have liked more of a hop presence, especially since this is called ’U.S. Pale Ale,’ the hop use is a bit too restrained for the APA style. Hop tastes of grapefruit zest, somewhat watery pine and drops of lemon and orange juice. A weak pale malt backbone, hints of toasted grains added to sugar water. Finishes on the watery side, sugary malts with a little sour citrus.
I am a fan of the beers from Capital, but this was quite disappointing. If the recipe changes, I will try this again, but as it stands now, this is ready for retirement.