npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Clear copper, white head. Hoppy nose--citrus, pine,with some caramel. Solid bitter flavor, with violets, grapefruit, overlying a sweet body with fruity peach and orange esters. badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Pours an amberish color with a very thin head. A subtle aroma with hints of flowers. The tase was a tad odd... hints of malt and hops, a little citrus, but then it all vanishes as it seems the beer steals all moisture out of your mouth. Insanely dry finish. Burning River... no kidding! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Amber Coloring. Hops...citrus. Pretty dry at the ending. Not a bad beer but was expecting more from it. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Nice citrusy, hoppy aroma. Some floral. Smooth and creamy with some fizz. Crisp, clean, refreshing hops taste. Surprised by it’s 94%ile rating. Was good but not that good. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Medium amber w/ a lasting uneven off white head of large & small foam bubbles. Lemon and grapefruit citrus hop aroma dominates while malt is lightly toasty and caramel; very light hints of fruitiness. Flavor is well balanced but lightly bitter and lightly citrus hop flavored. Malt is caramel and lightly toasted, fairly plain actually. Finish is dry with a hop flavor and the same for the aftertaste. M/f is dry with medium carbonation and lighter medium body. Not a bad APA, but nothing outstanding. Hop rate seems more English than American, but it does have the typical NW hop character in flavor and aroma. Solid but nothing special.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark golden color, frothy white head that leaves soapy lacing. Overall this seems to be a nicely-hopped pale ale but with a more generous than usual malt character. The aroma has case cade hops, but also a substantial sweetness. It’s not like they dumped some candi sugar in, it seems like it comes from some hop extract. As I drink more of this stuff, the sweetness dissapears in the flavor and more of the emphasis goes to tingly hops. Good beer! jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2004
very crisp and piney cascades in the nose. assertive malt backbone, but then it quickly turns tangy and hoppy--makes my tongue tingle, in a good way. finishes extremely clean. i really really like this beer! aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
The body is a metallic amber with a nice yellowish-white head that builds easily and lingers for a bit. The aroma is moderately hoppy and the flavor has a nice bit of caramel to supposed the bitterness. There’s just something about it that strikes me wrong. It’s not bad, but I’ve had APAs that I much prefer to this one. One of the few beers by Great Lakes that I don’t like for the style. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Excellent example of the style. I continue to be impressed by Great Lakes. This pours from the bottle with a medium head on top on a dark amber body. The smells are delicious wth orange peels and some apples. The taste is orange peels, apple core and some coffee. Dry as others have noted. A solid pale ale. Thanks civforprez. civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
This beer pours a translucent amber with a sizeable, lasting head. The aroma is of hops and bitterness. Flavor is dry and slightly bitter, with only minimal hops coming through. As it warmed, the bite softened, and the beer became more likeable.