kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2003
Amber colored, floral aroma. Nice hoppy bite. Bitter finish. A decent APA, better than average. Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2003
Nice color, a typical pale ale not complex but very straight forward. The citrus hop flavor was not overwhelming but within style. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Decent aroma and a nice amber color. Typical "average" beer and like many others I've had from the region: quite watery and lacking and depth. A decent beer to drink with dinner but nothing to speak highly of. tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Poured a nice amber with a quickly dissipating head. Very little esters in the aroma, mostly straight pacific northwest hops. Flavor was well balanced but not really complex in the least. A decent beer with little exciting going on. Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. As with most of the GD lineup, raw doughy yeast is obvious in the nose. There’s a bit too much acidity and yeasty twang in the flavor profile to be truly enjoyable.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Copper color, white head, almost no nose. No taste till the bitter finish. Label says it won medals in the "English style Pale Ale" category. So I guess it is an English style American Pale Ale. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Hops and spicey up front, medium malts at the back, a bit thin in the middle. A slightly above average APA krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2002
orange as the paneling on a freshly restored woody wagon, with a churn of sloppy eggnog-colored foam and eloquent lace. it was the perfect antidote to a slightly syrupy baltic porter consumed just prior to this session. the denver p.a. has a cleansing, hop-centric aroma: christmas tree spruce and graham crackers. flavor describes a gorgeous arc from auburn-toasted woody malts to a dry, light mango-fruity hop bitterness. a very satisfactory drinking experience, causing this assiduous rater to bang down the empty mug whilst swabbing his face with a shirt sleeve and emitting a belching and exultant "aaaaaaah!". bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Not terrible - but just not that good either. Definitely a disappointing pale. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Rerate 12/14/05: The bottled version of this beer agrees with me a litte more. Copper color with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Thick sheets of lacing too. Grassy, hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied and with a decent floral hops character, as well as a fair amount of malt. The finish is moderately hoppy. Straightforward and pretty enjoyable.
11/12/02 (2.4): Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Light amber color with minute head. Hops aroma that was difficult to detect. This seemed watered-down and nothing special to me. I like more hops in my APAs.