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. 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. 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! hershiser2 (3245) - 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.
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.
Rastacouere (6177) - 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! MartinT (9880) - 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... 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. 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. TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, 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.