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RATINGS: 1292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An assertively hopped American Pale Ale with citrusy and piney Cascade hops. Subtle malt flavors balance the hop profile and provide a satisfying dry finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 its 94%ile rating. Was good but not that good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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. Its 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1161) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3539) - 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. Theres just something about it that strikes me wrong. Its not bad, but Ive had APAs that I much prefer to this one. One of the few beers by Great Lakes that I dont like for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Fairly clear yellowish color with a white head. THere is a floral hop aroma and a somewhat hidden malt aroma. It is nicely hopped, but not too aggressively bitter. The hops are simply noticable. Largely citrus or grapefruit flavor, it sits well in the mouth.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Grapefruit really stands out in this beer. Its bitter and smooth, but thin. I like my beers to have some cloudiness-this one was crystal clear.


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