Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2017 Can (BB Dec 31, 2017). Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, white, mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Rather quiet aroma, but pleasant. Nice flavor balance with low acidity. Lasting head and fluffy mouthfeel help too. Good batch this year, wish I'd tried it when fresher. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Lighter colored, lighter bodied. This Maverick is just a nice fresh, medium hopped beer. The aroma and taste really reflected a certain freshness that's hard to describe. The hop flavors, though, left something to be desired. Thinner malts - but who needs a lot of malt to stand up to such a lightly hopped ale? Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Does taste fresh, I'll give them that. Otherwise it's a solid yet undistinguished brew. $3.99 here. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a nice reddish amber, with some oranges and what not. Good big off-white head. Aroma is powerful. Wow, I wasnt expecting this much straight-up hops. Smells like 3Cs, at least I know it's got some cascades in there and probably chinooks. Very dry hopped flavor on the finish. Unlike a nice IPA dosent have as much malt to balance. VERY Bitter, weird how 55 IBUs seems this bitter, but it's probably due to lack of balance and the freshness adds alot of acidity. Pretty good medium body dosent quit. Dosent seem to have a tremendous amount of personality. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. I just consumed a Bert Grant’s Hopzilla, so I am comparing this to that as well as the fact that my palate is a bit shot. Has a hop aroma like the Hopzilla. Hazy amber with little visible carbonation. Some off-white head, mostly diminishing. Head starts out relatively large but diminishes quickly. Better lace than the Hopzilla, but still not fabulous in that department. Not really as good as the Hopzilla. Sour. I probably shouldn’t have followed an IPA with a Pale Ale or, this may just not be as good. Better as I got into it, but I’m not surprised that it’s not so highly rated.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Orangish golden, clear, large off-white pillowy head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Very soily hop aroma.   Very similar on the tongue.   Much more soil based than other pales, and not as floral or citrusy.   Hop aspect is light to moderate.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, wants to be bigger tho.   Earthy finish, very minor hop bitterness.   Didn’t come across as terribly fresh to me.   Still prefer Deschutes Hop Trip for those beers that are brewed with "fresh" hops. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
orangish brown color w/ a fluffy white head some nice lace.
Very fresh scent some pine, grass, and citrus hop with hints of some sweet carmel.. this smells nummy. Palate is full lightly creamy. Flavor is a dry bitter grass dominates not much sweet... smells better than it tastes. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, light metallic, orange. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, light herbal, orange. Nice bite. Smooth, watery light-medium body, some chewiness. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Destructive hop aroma. Pillowy white head on a rich orange yellow body. Taste is hoppy to the max, with some toasted grain sweetness in the background. I dont know how fresh hops make this beer any different, but its good. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Pours clear copper color. Aroma is of hops, pine is what I detect. Not much citrus. Flavor is quite earthy, a bit rough around the edges. Body is nice and smooth. Finishes with a nice bite. Great with pizza. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this one down from oregon.