Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Beautiful floral aroma, ah the Cascades--so typical, but so classic. Quite a load of malts, too, and the net effect dampens the bitter edge that might have appeared to its misfortune. I wouldn’t say vegetal, but steak perhaps? Crazy...there’s something escaping my recognition here. Clear amber, swirls a head up nicely. Overall, drinkable and smooth. (on tap at brewpub) scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Clear sparkling amber, creamy white head. Nose was real nice with grapefruit and orange zest leading the charge, but with warming came additional pine and nutty caramel tones. A bitter hop assault flavor ensues and basically follows through to the end. Somewhat one dimensional, but damn tasty and refreshing none the less. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter hop juice finish. Bills M does hops right. Too bad he’s outta there now...
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2005
a very sweet apa. Stil had all the expected APA characteristics. I liked this beer enough that i got a pint after I finished the sampler. Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
An excellent example of what an APA should be. Nice aroma and taste from a blend of flowery and almost sweet hops. Somewhat complex. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
Draft... Hazy, orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head and weeping lacework. The nose is of citrus fruit and perfume. The flavor is wonderfully bitter and citrusy with a hint of toffee. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, numbingly bitter finish. Nice.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
This beers taste did not match the aroma. I found little aroma present and a quite bitter flavor. Odd given the fact that typically, it seems, an overhopped beer has a very strong aroma. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Fine aroma, but the flavor lets one down. A bit too much hops for bitterness, which drown out a lot of the flavor components. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
I thought this was a pretty good rendition of an APA. Ginger colour, with lots of hops in the aroma and flavour. Clean and fresh flavour, with citric hop to the fore, soft fruit and a touch of bitterness. However, it’s by no means sharp and the mouthfeel is smooth. Easy drinking and, although it’s not the most complex of beers, it’s a solid and pleasant brew. On tap at the Founders, Alexandria.
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Draft at Founders in Alexandria before the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. rusty orange body with a small tan head. Nose is wet hops, light bitterness and a mild malt aroma. Taste is light fruitiness blended with a mild hop bitterness. Light orange notes along with light malt as well. Body is medium with light bitterness to it. Finishes with more bitter notes and fruity but adds a little more of the malt. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 GABF 2004 and later at the brewpub. "Founders Captain Harper’s American Pale Ale." Tight, uniform, fading white head and copper body. Dark for an APA. Moderate diacetyl plus some blending caramel notes and fresh peachy and woody hops. Also has a distinct and interesting note suggesting strawberries. Diacetyl is evident in the flavor, but not overpowering. Woody hop flavor with medium bitterness. A solid, balanced pale ale.