Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 20, 2001
This beer defines the pale ale style. More assertive and bold than English pales, but not wildly over-hopped like many West Coast ales, this Seattle brew is perhaps the world’s best balanced beer. Incredibly drinkable and smooth. One of my top ten, and the beer that really got me started on craft beer. The ultimate session beer. jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Okay here is my 5 star rating, with one caveat. They made a limited release 20th Anniversary Pale that was without peer. By far the best ale Hales has ever produced. I want it all the time! It has come and gone but the memory of it lingers. I don’t know if they will ever recreate it but I sure wish they would. That said the Pale Ale is a great session beer that stands on its own. ntempleton (3) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2001 does not count
Could use a bit more mouthfeel, and hop flavor, but over all a wonderful beer. ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2002
Good beer with a good taste. Hanuta06 (469) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Serving: from tap at Vostok Dumpling House.
Aroma: heavy, floral hops.
Appearance: average-sized, creamy, off-white, initial head with very good lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Cloudy, dark-amber body.
Taste: lightly bitter initial flavor and moderately sour, grapefruit finish with average duration.
Palate: medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: excellent. Great aroma, interesting taste.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2002
I enjoyed this pale more than several others. I felt that the hops while dominating were not overwhelming and too bitter. I would enjoy a session with this brew if I lived in the NW. Zoltanm (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002 does not count
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2000
More malty and full-bodied than most American Pale Ales’s. Similar in quality to the Sierra Nevada, but with less hop. Extremely well balanced. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Light golden body, medium caramel/fruit malt and a strong hop presence. Bitterness quickly disappears. EXCELLENT balance. Could be a perfect beer if the malt was a little more flavorful. amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Much better on draft than in the bottle. Great Color.