TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Beer pours light amber color with a very large fluffy off white head that exhibits excellent retention. VERY hoppy aroma, very fresh smelling like fresh cut grass, some grapefruit too. Flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Start quite bitter and stays that way. Hop bitterness from start to finish. A bit thin on the palate. Good beer. Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2004
strong citrus hop aroma, orange with a tightly packed off white head, thin body, very grassy with citrus hop notes and building bitterness Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2004
wonderfully hoppy aroma mixed with a rich hoppy smooth taste that just makes you want to drink too you fall over. I love this beer, not too bitter, full of flavor, a real winner. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
Bottle pours dark golden, small sudsy white head, with lively carbonation. Aroma is fairly hoppy for a Pale. Slight piney notes as well. Flavor is forwardly hoppy, but not overly bitter. Midway through the hoppiness just falls off the tongue. At that point this beer becomes slightly hollow. Rather bizarre, good start but the finish is really lacking, too abrupt. Perhaps thats the intention since this is a Pale Ale and not an IPA? Not as crisp or clean as I would have liked, could have been a bit maltier, seems a bit unbalanced. Enjoyable, but not for me. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
I gotta say, this didn't grab me at first, but it grew on me.
Pours a golden color that's just right for style with a very nice head that lasted quite a while.
Aroma is very hoppy. Now, I mean *very* hoppy. In fact, the hoppiness overtakes any other scent, but *damn* it's good.
Taste is hoppy, whad'a suprise. Definate Cascade presence. But it's balanced quite well as it's not overly hoppy despite the name.
Palate is full and creamy, yet crisp. Overall, this is a damn good example of the style and well worth seeking out. I'm not a Full Sail fan per se, but I've come to respect their "Brewers Reserves."
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 number 549 on my beerwall, kinda weird its my first rating. The hop aroma itself made me feel i got my dollars worth. excelent heavy hopped beer, not overly bitter, great beer in my opinion. Pours a nice golden yellow with a tall white head. Lots of nice citrus hops, well balanced with a nice crisp finish. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2004
Sticky hop aroma. Great golden/peach color, hints of cloudiness. Excellent hop palate! Cascade of course, gotta be a few others in there. Just a very pronounced yet well balanced hop profile. Starts off with a fresh hop taste, then becomes bitter in the finish and gives that hopped-out taste in the throat. Good hop burps. Medium bodied. Slight hints of chocolate, maybe roasted malt in the aftertaste. Full Sail wins again! Reid (2611) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2004
The latest in the Brewmaster Reserve series.22 oz bomber green and yellow label.
Very strong cascade hop aroma very spicy almost pine like.
nice clear amber beer in appearance large pure white head, leaves oodles of lacing down the glass.
flavour is mostly quite bitter,a lemony bitterness, sounds bad but actually it works well, just after the zesty bitterness theres a semi dry lingering aftertaste. I do detect some malts ..quite subdued.
Kinda thinnish on the palte, but this is very drinkable. I dunno if its an American strong..tasted like a Pale ale to me. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2004
Newly bottled 22oz.: Pale reddish brown beer, aromas of hay and and freshly cut spruce boughs. Smooth, all most lager-like on the palate, with a slight hint of roast and a dryness to it, good cleansing bitterness, fairly high. Very clean amalgam of citrus, floral, herbal and caramel. Classy, "premium" tasting brew. Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2002
A classic example of the West Coast pale--a summer sipper with lotsa light and crispness. The name is actually a bit misleading because the beer's not a hop monster; my guess is that hop infusions are made throughout the boil so that you get a total hop experience--flavor, aroma, and a nice, but certainly not extreme bittering. Hard to imagine a beer better suited to a sunny afternoon.