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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Poured with a small, creamy, off-white head that lasted awhile; good lacing; sparkling clarity with a beautiful burnished gold color. Biscuity malt aroma with a citrusy- grapefruit hop character in the nose. Flavor exhibited a moderately sweet start; middlewas toasty-biscuity with a subtle yeastiness that followed through to the finish; grapefruit hop flavor with a drying bitterness throughout. Creamy medium body with right amount of carbonation; lightly astringent finish. Very nice , satisfying example of the style. Good balance between sweet/bitter, malt and hop characters. I liked the citrusy hop flavor that was very much present start to finish but without being over the top. Thanks Drew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (2517) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack. Amber in color- kinda cloudy, small, frothy head. Nice smell: slightly bitter grapefruit- pretty hoppy. As my tastebuds continue to evolve, and my liking of hoppy beers grows, I must say I enjoy this beer much more. Very hoppy, lots of hops all over- in the taste, in the aftertaste... everywhere. Reminds me a bit of some of the ESBs I've had. Not the greatest beer from Great Lakes, but definitely a good one. Much better this time around than last.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Creamy, off-white head. Good lacing and nice retention. Aroma is slightly malty with a strong grain/hay smell. Hope nose is pine and grass. Body is clear copper. Flavor is slightly malty and very similar to aroma. Very haylike in flavor. Not balanced very well--salty aftertaste and overly strong hay detracts from flavor--like drinking straw. Dry finish, slightly chalky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
This clear golden ale wears a medium sized off-whtie head, fully diminishing unfortunately. Aroma is not so pronounced, I expected a big cascade predominance. We rather face a complex hop blend that I'd describe as earthy, oily, spicy and bold. As it enters the mouth, it's a delight of ever evolving character. A good chunk of malt is always there literally dancing with the complex hops blend as described above in a perfect balance and harmony. The medium body never fails to support those intense sweet toasty cerealic citrus flavors. Medium carbonation. Overall, there's just something about this american pale ale that makes me feel like it's the best I've ever taken, I know you've had that feeling about some beers too:) Big props to ciderguy for this unique opportunity!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 A crisp, crunchy cereal pendulum sways back and forth on the tongue, oscillating between straw-like malt silos and hop oil reservoirs...Delicate citrus fruit distinctly grace the taste horizon as dextrous honeydew successfully balances it all...A glass of resplendent simplicity...

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Pours a hazy beige with a bubbly white head. Aroma is faint, yet mildly floral in the hops department. Nice, medium smooth mouthfeel with a astringency up front, although decent malt backbone. The finish is hoppy and dry. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGenius (154) - Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This stuff is very good. It has a strong sweet taste, and a strong body. The aftertaste is good as well. The aroma smells almost like wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Appealing citrus/hop aroma. Appearance is dark golden with good off white head that is retained. Flavor is nicely hoppy on the front end, some notes of grapefruit. Finish is a bit light but decent, dry and crisp. Very good Pale Ale. Excellent session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2004
A good IPA. Lots of hoppy goodness. Makes for a good drink while watching the Bowl for second place in the country - The Sugar Bowl.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Copper color, offwhite head, diminishing. Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy. Flavor was pretty well balanced between malt and hops. Hops were earthy and floral. Nice body, long finish. Pretty nice.


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