JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 10, 2004
Honey colored body with abundant bubblage. Foam head builds to a massive stiff peak. Even when poured gently it still takes up 75% of the glass. Smell is powerfully strong, roasted/sweet hops. Taste is watery hops with butter, dough and roasted malts. Nowhere near as good as smell. Some tart acidic citric flavors, nothing else really. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Floral aroma, pours to a carmel color with little head. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly hoppy. Not much finish. Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Rerate-tap. i boosted the flavors here from a fresh tap version i had at the brewery. It has a good EKG hop note to it and the body is well rounded.
12 oz bottle-pours a nice copper hue with mild carbonation and little head retention. light floral, piney, caramel malt aroma. flavors are sugary with hops in the mid palate. short and tame finish, more like a mild ale/cask esb. slightly weak body. a sup-par beer from a very good brewer. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 This is a good beer!! Dark amber with a good thick head , to bad it didnt last.
Nice thick creamy sweet aroma and taste.
Very good,easy drinking beer, sweet, candy like. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Gold amber, small head. Slightly less familiar hop aroma. Nice medium body, good maltiness, sharp hops.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Clear amber appearance. Muted, resinous nose with an underlying aroma of grapefruit. Fairly well balanced taste with enough hops to tweek the tastebuds but not overwhelm. Malts added some sweetness along with a floral touch. Dry finish; average duration. shadey (2172) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pour was just a golden pale with a hint of amber with a decent soapy head. One of the better pale ales I have enjoyed. I very much enjoy this english style pale ale over the over-hopped american style. Quite tastey and easy to drink. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Color: clear and amber-tinged, decent raft of milky foam floats on top.
Citrus in the nose, as well as hints of tropical fruits, nice hoppiness, fresh and lively, a little toasty, very English feeling.
Taste is more blase, finely balance, with plenty of backup in the body, quite sufficient malt, and a recurrent ringing in from the hops, but it’s not much ado, at all. Flavor is nice, but nothing special. Medium bodied, caramel taste butts in a bit before we’re through, and the finish is long and tasty.
An adequate ale all the way, something that fills in quite nicely as a standard sessioner...nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. Actually, despite that i prefer other types of ales, I like this better, for what it is, the more I drink. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
I wasn’t blown away by this stuff, but it does leave a pleasant image in my mind. Good session beer. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
My first taste came at the Great Divide Ratebeer tasting during GABF weekend. If I rated it at that time I ould’ve rated it low for all the wrong reasons. After drinking oak aged Yeti, and Hercules Double IPA on tap this poor ale just couldn’t make muster. Not that it was bad, it’s just the others just blew me away. So now I’ve got the bottle purchased from the brewery to sample a couple weeks later. Yep it’s a English style pale ale. Pours a nice clear amber with a quickly fading head. There’s caramel malt and a hint of biscuits in the nose. Taste is of toasty and caramel malts with light notes of citrus and nuttiness. Hops are present but not aggressive, definitely way in the background. Pretty sweet with a very slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. My wife loves this beer. I don’t like it that much, but it is a decent example of the style. It’s just my opinion, but I think Yeti or Herc should be GD’s flagship ale.