beerlvr (5) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006 does not count
Classic APA. Not too dry, nice finish and a pale ale citrus/hoppy flavor better than any I have ever had. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours to a thick creamy, rocky, bubbly white head atop a hugely bubbly straw body. Excellent lacing. The aroma smells exactly like homemade strawberry fruit rollups (my mom has a dehydrator). I suppose it’s really sweet grains and some kinda spicy hops (amarillo?). The aroma is VERY bright and crisp and strong. It also smells very good. The flavor is also like homemade strawberry fruit rollups. Very sweet with tons of concentrated fruits, sweet malts, fresh and crisp, pine. This is VERY good. I’m am startled by this beer. The palate is crisp, clean, medium mouthfeel. Holy crap! This is an APA? jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours a beautiful golden hue crowned by a huge white head with lots of effervesence. Nose is malt, hops and a trace of citrus. Creamy on the palate, this is a good tasting pale ale, not too bitter, with a nice hoppy finish. Happy Heron pairs well with cheeses, deli sandwiches and snackables. geordie (1) - Shrewsbury, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005 does not count
A very drinkable pale ale with lots of taste. A pleasant citrus/fruity after taste.
Comes highly recommended from a discerning drinker JawVer (39) - - MAY 8, 2012
12 oz bottle. Average color and aroma but very good taste. Would definitely have again
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 22, 2004
This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorite "locals". Lightly hazed amber color with a rocky thick cream colored head. Crisp malt and light PNW hops profile. Light and somewhat spritzy body. Inital malt sweetness quickly snaped away by a hops bite. Light caramel malt flavors fight it out with pine needles jabbing the tongue. Nicely balanced. Initial hops finish, taken back by a mild malt linger. This rivals may out there in the APA department. BuckyinMinn (18) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Although this beer is not very well known in Wisconsin, it is one of my favorites. The hops flavor is pronounced like a real pale ale should be. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 2006 bottle from The_Enemy, consumed on 6/8/06.jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Deep orange-honey colored body is somewhat hazy, despite a careful pour. Plenty of sediment, bottle conditioned. Sweet. Tons of minute bubbles rise fiercely. Rocky, snow-white head is large, well-retained and laces very thoroughly.
Nose is a mix of Styrian Golding-like lilac notes and plenty of spicy lemon-grass notes. Just the barest hint of oranges and light grapefruit gives a slight edge. But the goldings continue to be quite juicy and up-front. Malt is very bare, with just a touch of honey graham crackers that are lightly sweet at best.
The flavor is near bone-dry, with plenty of lilac-notes and the hint of dry graham crackers seen in the nose. It adds complexity through lightly biscuity barley notes. Hop bitterness spreads forth from the initial surge of herbs and lemons (and lilacs) to really dry out the flavor (which is already quite dry), with very petal/plant-like bitterness (delicate), light lime rinds and a very lasting acid (light). Carbonation seems prickly, though not overdone. The prickliness really accentuates the hoppiness and keeps the pale malts from asserting themselves. No alcohol noted anywhere. Dry, but not watery or thin in the least. Insanely drinkable. As much as I love bone dry beers, it could benefit from a touch more honey softness and a little less acid.
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a lightly cloudy, burnt orange with a half finger of white head. Aroma of crisp citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is medium bitter. Pine and citrus with a good dose of grapefruit. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick texture. Lively carbonation and a very very long finish. Overall, pretty darn good. I’ll be happy to drink this again, but I want to try it a little fresher. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2004
Slightly hazy amber body, short-lived white head. Bread and some bitter hops in the aroma, overall it's subdued. Subtle caramel and bready malt with a refreshingly bitter hop flavor. I was initially taken aback by the flavor, thinking the beer was bad or poorly produced. That's not the case, as the flavor's just different that most other hoppy beers I've had (just like the comm. description states). The hops have a nice piney, earthy, musty character. Dry, piney finish.