DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can in bed on NYE/NYD. Start as you mean to go on. Pretty blue tin from Nacka Forum Systembologet pouring peachy and opaque beneath a silken white mousse. Aroma comprises battered sausage, honey and lemon lozenges, not much. But it is semi-frozen and straight off M&Dís patio. More interesting flavour with a deeper nuttiness than expected underscoring sherbet, peach iced tea and nectarine. Soapy, floral and medium bitter to finish. Decent orange and blackcurrant pastille notes. Too much soggy Crystal but perfectly decent.
ChazZ (2) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2016 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazey orange-gold in color, topped with a pale tan head. Looks okay so far.
Something here smells a bit off-style. I know there are two hops used, but canít recall which ones, but itís a fermenting fruit meets vegetal character (not cooked cabbage, thankfully) and stand out immediately. Thankfully thereís nice notes of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) underneath the dominant character and I know thatís what the folks like in their pale ales these days, so I canít knock that. Yeasty, and a bit sweet.
More yeast on the first sip, along with some mint and other (oily) hop character, but nothing approaching a classic pale ale or even the "new" light and tropical fruity-dominated hops character. Nope, this one is muddled and much different. Biscuit malt notes (great!) underscore the dominant and confusing hop profile, along with some decent bitterness to carry that dry and biscuity malt.
Drinkability is not bad; At 6% this one certainly drinks lighter, itís just that I canít where Iíd take the opportunity to drink very much of it in the first place.
I hate to dog any beer --especially one which may be past its prime-- but based on this single go-round I wouldnít recommend this one.
drfabulous (7647) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle. Malty fruity heavy nose. Really not liking this. I thought the ESB was much better. Bit of a mess.
rondphoto (4370) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber color, frothy white 2" head, lace cobwebs. Taste is strong caramel malt that grows into a lightly carbonated swallow, followed by lightly fruit and then minimal hops. Very well balanced, well beyond simple, overall, a solid light brew.
CloakedDagger (2370) - - NOV 26, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can 35,5 cl. Pours mainly clear amber with an off-white head. Odd, unclean aroma, more rotten than hoppy. Medium body, overripe fruit, and some late hops. Not really plesant at all! 261115
Travlr (23964) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Clear deep amber color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, toasted caramel. Taste is lightly fruity caramel, sticky mouthfeel, thin body.
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber color; Medium body; Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, & some fruit; Flavor of malt/biscuit, caramel, hops, and fruit/citrus; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent.
Bulk_Carrier (5861) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-hazy to glossy burnt orange color. The head, what head, yeah, there wasnít any, but there was a light remnant of tight lacing clinging to the glass.
The smell started off with a dried citrus pulp leading into a light caramel malt.
The taste was moderately bitter with a semi-sweet citrus to caramel back up in the initial flavor. There is a slight dried citric to caramel aftertaste running into the finish.
Overall, it sits about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light with the malt body encompassing a nice sticky feature on my tongue.
Overall, Iíd say this was a decent APA, its nothing special but definitely do-able with food. I could have again.
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Very predictable, lotís of fruity tropical aromas and flavors. Solid, but most definitely nothing exceptional about this. Would I drink it again? Of course. Would I remember it in a sea of Pale Ales? Maybe not.
Wischylini (297) - Grimstad, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance Clear light amber, with a small frothy white head
Aroma Stone fruits, fruit salad, grass, a touch of pine. Definitely not getting the malty bready notes other raters mention
Taste Dry, moderately bitter
Palate Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall A very generic "Iíve had ten of these from ten different breweries before" pale ale