blankboy (7792) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of light hops and caramel malt. Flavour’s the same, light hops and caramel malt. Sweet and grainy as well. Light bitter finish. Light bodied. This is pretty mediocre stuff and is not on style at all to me. Meh. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2010
12 ounce bottle, a buddy brought some island brews back for me on a recent trip to Hawaii. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Aroma is citrusy hops (orange), caramel malt and a bit of floral hops too. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of peppery spice. The hops are the strongest flavor in this brew, but they’re not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s enjoyable to drink. I think it’s a good balanced beer, not a bad choice as an occasional session brew. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Underwhelming grainy flavor, pretty strong c-hop citrus-pith flavors but not really in the league of the better American pales, more bitter than hop-flowery. Still, I’d be happy to drink this one at a conference or some such.
Aroma very subtle,mostly field hop,with just a smidget of citrus. Flavor is dominated by soft carmel sweetness, with a hop tang piggybacking in the finish,sounds like a West Coast Pale Ale,doesnt taste like it, that caramel emphasis is reminiscent of an English style Capa (3405) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Clear orange with a white head. Light hops in the nose with slight citrus. Flavor was surely lacking in any noticeable features. Some citrus hops, light malts, but bland overall. It’s OK, but was hoping for more.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottled. Copper with little head. An Aroma of grass and variety malts and light caramel. Grass continues in taste. Not very interesting and wet feeling. branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a smallish frothy, white head. Lacing is moderate. Aromas of spruce, roasted malts, and hints of orange. Palate is surprisingly flat with a soft finish, not lasting long. Honestly quite a bit disappointing in terms of the palate and mouthfeel. Taste is mainly grapefruit with a finish of orange. DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle, trade with Daknole, Contract-brewed for the Mainland at Redhook’s Portsmouth, NH brewery. Bottled 5/26/09. Pours an attractive copper pale ale with a good sized head of foam, plenty of bubble activity and unfiltered "floaties." Smell is a little light with the big head still standing; the foam is just offering whiffs of CO2 instead of beer scent. So let’s just taste it. Thick mouthfeel right off the top, sticky caramel malts. Hops are just a bit of citrus and pine behind the soft palate. A little less aggressive hop profile than an SNPA. But a good bitter aftertaste. A good baseline American Pale Ale. bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Bottle from the ABC Store on Ka’anapali Beach. Clear, amber coloured pour with a weak white head that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is floral, citrusy. Mouthfeel is extremely dry, taste is caramel, hint of citrus, and a flood of Cascade hops that seem to overwhelm most APAs. This didn’t impress me, was much too dry and weakly carbonated. gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2010
hazy brown with small white head. the aroma is cascade hops and caramel malt. flavor is the same...pretty standard pale ale