SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Yeah its okay. Not nearly as bold as some of their other stuff. Light hops in the nose and taste, quite mellow. Average. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Amber in colour with a small head. Aroma is sweet and floral hopped. I was expecting an american pale, but as stated by others, this is more of an english style. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Pretty much an average American pale ale. Mostly overwhelming flower-hoppiness, maybe some malt in the middle as per the commercial description. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Clear copper/dark orange, thin off-white head. Piney, earthy hops aroma with toasty malts. Biscuity, toasty malt body with an adequate supply of piney, earthy hops. A bit buttery. Highly carbonated which isn’t optimal for a session beer like this one. Bitter finish. Decent, but a bit boring. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to jeffc666 for this one! Reddened amber with a small tan head and lots of minute partciles suspended in it. Aroma is malty with honey notes and strong floral hops. Light spiciness in the nose as well. Taste is hoppy but laden with creamy malts and light spice. Some citrus coming through as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation and a light lingering bitterness. Light dryness towards the end. Finish is more hops and creamy malts with light honey notes. Decent.
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
Clear amber with a malty/hoppy aroma. Taste is a fairly balanced malt/hop like the aroma, a bit bitter and finishes dry. A bit too chalky for my liking. Decent beer, but nothing about it really catches me. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2005
This definitely reminds me of a number of pints I had in England, although it would obviously be on the hoppier side. It poured amber/bronze with a good size cream-white head. The first whiff of aroma was definitely orange, then caramel and a strong wet tea leaves note. Some alcohol is present, too, giving it a touch of effevescence. The flavors aren’t as well rounded as the aromas, giving off a strong iced tea fusion with a somewhat murky nut edge. A bit of the piney hops (I think I agree with another person who identified it as more spruce than pine...well picked up!) and a moderate toasted flavor carries on with a bitterness than hangs on the mid-back of my tongue. Moderately oily and gently sticky malt palate, modified by that bitterness. I’ve been really pleased with Great Divide lately in the sense that they’re bringing some good beers into Texas, and their bigger beers are interesting and fun, though I’m still finding that they don’t always appeal to the purely hedonistic taste-test. C’est la vie, it is still a beer worth trying even if it doesn’t win huge raves from me. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2005
New label on a 12 oz. bottle. November 2004 bottling. A large white head. A dark amber color with few bubbles. Aroma of oranges, grass and some sweet cherries. The taste is roasted caramel. Also some orange peel and some toast. This has a rather strong citrus character that is pleasurable. A sticky mouthfeel. Pretty bold for an English Pale Ale. FlacoAlto (4213) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottled November 2004, Sampled January 2005Aurelius (5426) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear full copper color, it is topped by a light amber tan head with a fairly low level of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and hopily spiced with notes of tangerine, apricot, and oranges, and a nice fruity flower nectar type thing. The taste is quite well balanced. This beer is not quite sweet yet quite fruity & hoppy. It is very well balanced with a complimenting malty caramel note that accentuates the hops. This beer reminds me of candied orange peels, spruce tips. The hops nearly dance across my tongue with spicy herbal notes of pine and a nice bitterness that moves from the middle of my tongue to the back of my mouth as this beer passes down my gullet. This is just a really nicely made Pale Ale, it is actually even better than the IPA and IIPA from this brewery.
Interesting aroma - tangy fruit, hops, pleasant diacetyl, some raisins and darker malts. Very persistant head which pours tall. Coppery brew, bad label. Dry, grassy, the darker malts come through over whatever boring light malts were used. Not very hoppy at all. Thinnish body, quick green nut finish. Some chemical in the aftertaste.