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RATINGS: 1259   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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3.3
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Clear orange with a white head. Smells of strong honey and spiced peaches and cinnamon. Semi-sour flavor of honey, oats, sweet peaches and oranges, and an old, grainy flavor in the finish.

3.3
lemonlovr (191) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Wasn't entirely happy with this one. Aroma is citrusy, sweet, hoppy. Appearance is samber and slightly cloudy. Flavor is sweet at first with a frutiy lightly hopped finish. Not spectacular by any means but a good drink.

3.7
SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Draft. Nice pale ale - clear amber with a small white head that left good lacing. Aroma is piney hops predominantly. Flavor has a malty presence, quickly overwhelmed by pine and grapefruit hops with a hint of honey. Medium body and smooth carbonation.

3.4
jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2004
Nice hop nose. Hazy red amber, low head. Honey sweet berries with plenty of perfumed hops on top. Medium body, round mouthfeel and a perfumed aftertaste. Pleasant brew.

3.9
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Cleveland Rocks! Finally something from this city that's worth something. Copper color with puffy off white head. Obvious pine, citrus and malt right up front and in your face. Long, bitter finish.

4.4
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Nice clean and clear soft copper color with a gargantuan soft yet crusty whitish top that sits a good while before fading down to a haze and coated the glass decorously with thin whispy curtains. Aroma is soft as well, everything is soft in this beer, but in a good way, a very good way! Pleasant toasty malts that are breadish in tone and the hops are slightly floral and dry with some favorable dulled citrus and wood. Very nice nose...I believe this has some Hood hops abounding. Taste is soft and well rounded, yet solid in body and feel to keep that charge of character going strong. And this is characterized in a gratifying presence of both a super nice toasty warm malt profile and pleasantly soft and milding hop balance that brings in refined and subtle layers of wood and dulled floral citrus; quite yummy...scratch that, very yummy! Feel is dead on for a pale, clean, soft, full, well rounded, yielding toasty malt warmth, smooth bite of bitterness and quaffable to the fullest. One hell of a pale!

4.8
mike3 (6) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004 does not count
This may be my favorite cleveland beer. It is an excellent looking and tasting brew. It is pretty hoppy, but not overwhelming to a person who is not used to over-powering beers.

3.7
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2004 Got one of these for free when a local restaurant botched up my dinner order...to me, definitely worth waiting an extra 10 minutes for my meal! Nice balance of a light sweet taste with a little bitter hoppy bite at the end. Good light color with whitish head. I still like Sierra Nevada better, but overall, its definitely worth a try or 5.

4.1
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
hershiser2 (3831) - 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.


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