gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Had this one on draught at the brewpub near Union Station in Washington, D.C. Clear, dark yellow pour with a foamy tan head, potent nose of floral hoppiness and a bit of sweet candi sugar, complex flavors of chocolate, rosy hops and peace compete with a nice and strong tart finish, an excellent APA. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served on tap in a pint glass.
Appearance: Clear dark honey topped by a frothy and rocky whitish head. Bubbles are evident. Head dissipates to a small, but healthy, layer of foam after a few minutes and leaves all kinds of mad crazy lacing.
Aroma: Refreshing snap of citric hops, but not overpowering. Mildly grassy and herby hops are evident as well, but in a more subtle manner.
Flavor: Orange marmalade and bitter hops over some nice biscuity malt goodness. British style with the hop profile, but American in proportion.
Palate: Nice and bracing, quite the palate cleanser.
Overall: Very drinkable. Nice session beer, yet hearty enough to hold its own against blackened chicken. ClarkVV (6879) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Draught pint at the downtown location (near Chinatown) on 1/20/07.LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
Usually one of the last things to standout on your standard brewpub pale ale is the head retention, but this one was shockingly strong. Neat, one-finger off-white head lasts just about through the whole glass, leaving light lacing behind. The beer was bright and showed a moderate amount of carbonation in its pale-copper body.
Soft, green, juicy hops in the nose are mostly floral and relaxing, but some perky citrus (orange and red grapefruit) creep out as well. Only a brush of bitterness/acidity, with the malt coming on quickly in support of the hops and creating a sweet melon-like flavor from the combination. Very clean, no yeastiness or any flaws whatsoever. Mostly pale malt apparency in the nose, with just a smidgeon of caramel adding a bit of depth/heft. Leafy, fresh hops continue on and are quite strong and readily sniffable. No alcohol noted.
Unfiltered texture is soothing and malty-soft. The retention is no surprise, upon tasting the beer, as there is absolutely no skimping on malt quantity here. No wateriness or looseness of texture. Engaging carbonation further adds a creamy-softness to the texture, while the pale malts add balance without being too far perceived. Mostly it is a moderate amount of floral and lightly citric hoppiness that is juicy and playfully sweet on the tongue. No heavy acidity, though enough bitterness comes through to keep the balance on the finish. A very soft beer all around, with near-flawless execution, maybe tending just slightly too sweet overall. Great surprise.
On tap at the brewery.....I really like this one! You taste the quality ingredients in this one....great malts allowed this beer to start a little sweet and the killer hops lead to a nice bitter finish....Well balanced and bold....beautiful amber colouring with ’hoppy’ aroma....I’m craving more but I’m nowhere near D.C......very good! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Highlight of the 2007 Shockoe Craft Beer Festival for me, and I finally got to knock of DC. Amber orange appearance. Earthy and piney hop aromas. Flavor matched, faint floral notes as well, caramel malts. Very balanced. A very nice beer. Truly well made.
Carden1972 (11) - Montgomery, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2013
At grill. Fairly clear. Slight haze decent aroma. Really good tasting crisp brew. A little astringent but I actually thought this was not a downer. Crisp finish. I could hang out at the bar and drink this for a long time. OnTheTrail (583) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Hoppy fruity aroma. Dark gold appearance. More citrus and pine flavor. At the brewery after a bike ride. I think the best beer I have had at Capitol City. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
(02.03.06) On tap at Capitol City brewpub (Capitol Hill), Washington, D.C. Clear golden yellow hued ale having a small white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet malt/hop aromas. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and citrus (grapefruit)/hop/pine resin flavors. Finishes with light hop bitterness. Assertive hop bitterness but not aggressive. A very good drinkable hoppy beer.