drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
1/13/10. 12oz bottle. Musty oxidized caramel old ale aroma with a sweet caramel flavor that reminds me more of an old ale or barleywine. If this is a pale ale, it must be very old. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Hazy dark orange/amber color. Two fingers of half frothy/half creamy head with good retention, but minimal lacing.
2.5 S: Big hit of buttery pungent breadiness. Caramel malts with some graininess. Slight citrusy twang from the hops.
2.5 T: Buttery breadiness and some off flavors that I can’t put my finger on. The taste is reminiscent of a poorly executed homebrew. Pine and orange hop flavor.
4.0 M: Medium fuller body. Good carbonation, creamy.
2.5 D: Not a big fan of breadiness in an APA.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-22-2009 00:31:18 Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Does not age well! Murky copper color with little head. Aroma is mostly malt. Very lacking in hops. Taste is similar. It has not gone bad but has lost its zip. OTRihtnsgbt (28) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper color. Lots of roast malt flavors, not enough hops to provide any balance. Not at all what I’m looking for in an APA. This beer is somewhat palatable when fresh, downright awful when not. Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Nice little amber/copper colored beer with a head that was a tad off-white. Yellow and burnt orange highlights around the bottom and sides. A few bubbles working toward the top. A touch cloudy. Head and retention and lacing were mostly average. Nice bit of fresh, floral hops in the nose. Grapefruit citrus is in the mix also. A touch of toasty bread finishes the aroma. Seems very well balanced and clean. As the brew warmed I started detecting hints of caramel malt. Decent hop bitterness is apparent from the beginning. As expected, a prominent grapefruit citrus flavor. Orange flavoring also works its ways through. A dry biscuit taste in there to boot. Medium, dry mouthfeel. Some alcohol bite on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hangs around in the throat for a good while. This was a nice little beer!!! I was pleasantly surprised. Wasn’t sure what to expect, but I came out satisfied. To me this was closer to an IPA than a regular Pale Ale. It was enjoyable and worth a try. I would be happy to pick this up again.
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Re-rate from memory. Overall, looks like a solid APA- copper body, tan head. Aroma of spicy/floral hops with caramel/cereal malts. Flavor matches the nose, with an emphasis on the spicy hops. Palate was medium, creamy and very soft. Good for the style. hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Slightly hazy amber body with almost no head. Complex, inviting aroma consisting of caramel and malty sweetness and grapefruit and pine hops. Smooth, medium palate, a touch oily. The flavor starts with sweet caramel and finishes with a slight sour/bitter bite. Sugared grapefruit. A very tasty and easy to drink beer. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle pours a hazy dark amber, almost copper, body with a creamy beige head that lays down some patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is very malty, with waves of caramel and toffee. Ripe pears and grapefruit add fruity notes and there is a hint of pine. Taste has a dominant caramel sweetness but the Cascades hops contribute some grapefruit and pine while the Fuggles add an earthiness. Interesting hop bill, but this one is just a little overboard on the malt sweetness. monkeychugg55 (1115) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Pours a hazy dark orange brown with a small white head. The aroma is of caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is sweet with floral hop bitterness and a hint of vanilla. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Decent and satisfying. bmcginni (20) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2010
12 oz bottle. Not a bad beer, but zero to get excited about. A malty, bitter, low hopped pale. A craft drinkers "lite beer"’ if that.