prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2003
draft.grapey red brown color very fine carbonation, no lace a thin lined head, mild and sweet aroma, initial taste had nutty flavor, but the finish was WAY off. not ssure if it was a bad run or me, i'm gonna re-rate this one later BillKismet (4076) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Garnet/deep amber with a cream head that evaporates like a wave, this beer was surprisingly delectable--which shouldn't have been such a surprise coming from Hales. The aroma was pleasantly malty and nutty--quite similar to an irish ale. The flavor had an easy, musky malt profile with some nuttiness and resembled and amber ale. Excellently balanced, this vaults to one of my favorite brown ales. schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Reddish brown with low head. Malty, fruity aroma which may bed hop citrus flavor or yeast esters. This tastes more like an amber than a brown ale. No nuttiness or roastiness. Okay aftertaste; smooth and sweet malt flavors. Very easy drinking and sweet but very average too. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Deep orange reddish color with a very little head that quickly fades to nothing. Didn't get much in the nose. The little that I did get was of cookies. Short acidic flavor, minimal on the finish. Watered down texture with a slightly fizzy carbonated feel. Was a disappointment in comparison to what I've tasted from Hale's in the past. I might want to give this one another try someday. herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
I really expected more out of this beer. I usually respect Hales Brews and was excited to see this "limited edition" sixer at the grocery store but I was very disappointed with this beer. Too light and thin to be a brown ale and just not enough consistency. This isn't a horrible beer but not what it could be.
Crit (4024) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Deep brown,lasting brown head. Malty nose, clean,smooth malt flavor......... brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Well, I’m pretty sure I had a spoiled bottle - at least I hope they weren’t trying hard for these big time sour, cidery notes. But I could tell that there was some decent malt here once and the ’Irish Style’ thing intrigues me. Hopefully I’ll get another one someday. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2002
I really expected more...or different. Perhaps I can’t give it a higher rating becuase to my mind it violates style. Hoppy, bitter up front, with an indistinct nose. No nut aroma that I could gather. BrotherBeer (13) - Colfax, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Amber color. The head started out nice then almost disappeared. Light body but nice cloudy/clear balance. Not much smell till after you have a drink. Then the aroma fills the nasal cavities. Not bad. Redhook makes a better Nut Brown ale. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2000
Delightful, nice palate and a great aromatic nose, decent bite and a quaffable beer to say the least.