Bill Becker (2000) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017 jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
From Aug 2007
Purchased as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.
It pours from 12oz bottle(some numbers etched on the bottom of the bottle: 258-0-2 0724) a deep gold with a small head of foam and...a lot of floaties. I hope that doesn't mean that I have a bottle that is *well* past it's best by date. Anywho, the foam lasts right through the session and it has lots of lacing. It'll be hard to score on appearance. :^(
The smell is very hoppy by way of grapefruit and....it smells like how a dry hopped ale would taste.
The taste is nicely balanced between some semi sweet malt and not too bitter hop character. The hops are more floral than anything else. I can't taste any grass and as far as citrus goes, there's just a touch of maybe, lemon. Overall, the flavour works for me. Now the malt kicks in again and I note some earthiness. The finish is slightly bitter and the mouthfeel is medium. I like it despite seeing those damn floaties when I raise my glass. Next time I see a bottle, I'm gonna check it out more thoroughly because if this bottle *is* past it's prime, a fresher sample would "probably" impress me even more. Fisler (785) - Bamberg, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2017
Aus der Retrodose, optisch erste Sahne, stabiler Schaum. In der Nase Zitrus, leicht grasig, hopfig. Im Trunk hopfig, süffig, mittig bitterer werdend, crispy. Hinten lange bitter. Passt. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2017
355ml can. Well this one is kinda embarrassing, honestly tastes like a homebrew, chlorine, tasted it blind and it did not impress in a poor pack. leaparsons (10859) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2017
Can, Brewklopedia, Leicester. Golden with a white foam. Cereal grain with toasted malts. Plenty of citrus with a pithy bitterness. Light pine. Dusty palate. Peppery with traces of glue. This is OK. andrepintado (3745) - Porto, PORTUGAL - FEB 27, 2017
Can. Hazy orange color. Thin white head. Medium bitterness. Light sweetness. Medium body. Aroma and flavour is orange, tangerine, peach, citrus, hops.
Idiosynkrasie (8190) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2017
355ml can. Cloudy, orangey golden colour with average, thick, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Piney and fruity, hoppy aroma, notes of orange, mandarine, caramel malty background. Taste is moderately bitter hoppy, piney and slightly fruity, hints of mandarine, orange, zesty bitterness, caramel malty basis, a light jelly bear touch; slightly water finish. donandres (687) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - NOV 4, 2016
12 ounce can poured to wine glass
light amber, hazy small light tan foam that slowly disappears and lingers
fragrant slightly hoppy hint of grains
ok finish, bitter aftertaste lingers
very good beer-pale ale, can be repeat, look forward to, excellent value
drank: 11/4/2016 6:32 PM andrewje41 (4519) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2016
12 oz can, gift by luttonm. Not sure if he thought the gift was him giving the can, or me taking the can off his hands. Either way, I got a beer in my hand, I’m happy. A golden, hazy pour with a full foam cloud cover head. Juicy and hoppy, bright aroma. Flavor is creamy, a bit juicy, solid hop profile. No real bitterness noticeable througout. Drinks easy. Always nice to see a beer that’s been around since years before I was, and still on the shelves today. A good beer to keep a few ice cold, and enjoy, while taking in some ball games. Seems fitting anyway. tricksta_p (5338) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2016
Can at home. Aroma is earthy hops, malt, some caramel, citrus, orange, mild fruity, touch of toffee. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium. Nice and easy old school APA with tasty citrussy hops and a caramel malt backbone. bulldogops (2846) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Rating #1999 2015.09.27 #CraftTakesSeattle Day 4, Beer 101 – Draught at taproom/brewpub. Golden amber pour with a creamy white head that bubbles away quickly. Hops very fragrant with mild citrus in the aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation, and bitter hops on the finish - but not overpowering, very balanced. Delicious.