MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Ooooh yeah, I’ve got me a new summer beer. Amber-copper, decent head. Nose is quite hoppy, sharp and citric, some noticeable sweetness. Is quite hoppy, lots of grapefruit, good bitterness. Has just a lovely amount of malts to back up the hops, quite sweet, a bit toasty, slighty nutty. Just a beautiful balance. Palate is perfect, a bit lighter than most pale ales but has a glorious, creamy stickiness to it. The combination of the citric hops, sweet malts, and lovely palate make this just wonderfully quaffable, will be very appreciated on a hot day as it has both complexity and drinkability. Excellent stuff. Could not be any better. vinnyt (2) - Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2005 does not count
Solid beer. Just the right amount of bite, not too strong. Very refreshing! Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2004
All good things come to those who wait as they say. The number 3 APA in the world is the best I’ve had to date. Crisp, citrusy, hoppy, full bodied, Terrific APA. Best I’ve had. I like this better than the Alpha King. Only obstacle for this to be my favorite is Sierra Harvest Ale. Until then this one will be very hard to beat. Biglickbrewer (5) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
This beer, an American Pale Ale (APA), announces it’s arrival with a healthy "hiss" from the release of the cap. This fact is well seconded in the beer’s ample carbonation, which produces a fluffy, white, two-finger head on top of a bright, orange-tinged liquid.
Hop aroma wafts from this ale in waves that demand to be noticed. Love the wonderful nuances of hop aromas derived from different varieties of hops? Here they are: grassy, citrussy, floral, pine-aromatic. In fact, one might fear, from the aroma, that this beer will be all hops with no malt backbone to support it.
Fear not! A healthy, substantial caramel, biscuity, sweet graininess provides plenty of malt backbone to support the explosion of hop flavor you get in every sip. This is an exceptionally well-balanced APA. The obvious use of multiple hop varieties does not lead to an excessively bitter beer, either. In that aspect, this beer is also very well balanced.
Drinkability with this beer is utter and complete. It is a deligfht from the moment it cascades down the side of your galss to the last few moments when you find yourself staring at the ceiling, through the bottom of your glass, as you savor every last drop of this memorable Pale Ale.
For those of you interested in the origins of this wonderful APA: It was developed by a young graduate student at Virginia Tech, a home brewer, in the 1990’s. Once he had perfected the recipe, he took it to Jerry Bailey, owner of Old Dominion Brewing Co., in Ashburn, Virginia. Jerry liked it enough to agree to contract brew the beer if its creator, Kenny Lefkowitz, would market it and find his own distributor. New River Pale Ale hit the streets in September of 1999. In September of 2000, Kenny Lefkowitz was awarded a Bronze Medal for his American Pale Ale by the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.
Tragically, Kenny Lefkowitz died suddenly of a massive coronary in March of 2001. A congenital heart defect he never knew he had robbed the American beer culture of this exceptional young man at the age of 32.
It is a testament to Kenny’s creativity and vision that New River Pale Ale has been well decorated in beer circles: it took the Silver Medal at the 2004 GABF and was named Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2004 and 2005.
cascadehop (4) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
A great interpretation of the American pale ale. Great hop flavor and aroma from the mixture of 3 of the 4 C’s and Amarillo. Plenty of malt base to support the modest bitterness and supply a subtle sweetness for hopheads to the casual drinker. Definitely one of the best American pale ales from a east coast brewer.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer was designed by the late Kenny Lefkowitz, and it is a hop cocktail of a brew. Four different hop varieties are used in the brewing of this beer, including Amarillo Gold, Centennials, Cascades, and Columbus. The hops in this beer are added in four additions. Amarillo for bitterness, Amarillo and Cascades for flavor, Amarillo, Cascades, and Centennials for aroma, and then it is finally dry hopped over Amarillo, Cascades, Centennials, and Columbus hops. This beer was designed for lovers of American pale ale, from a brewer who had fallen in love with this style. Two row pale, caramel, Munich, and wheat malts are used to give this beer a malty back bone to stand up to all those hops.
New River Pale Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a creamy white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer literally hits you from a foot away. Very vibrant, zesty, piney, and citric hop aromas flood the nose. Hops are in this beer by the bail load, and it is a mix of those signature, classic Pacific Northwest hops that define American pale ale. The palate is firm with a really good pale and caramel malt base, which acts as a spring board to more hop overload. New River Pale Ale explodes into a very long, dry, citric and piney hop bite that lingers on the tongue for quite some time.
This is a bracing, very hoppy beer, with very vibrant hop character in aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Not for the timid, this beer would satisfy the most seasoned hop head. This beer does have a good malt base, and a nice malty palate is present in this beer, but hops are the star here. New River Pale Ale makes the perfect aperitif beer to have before a meal, and would make the perfect beer to match with spicy fare. I always match this one with a big order of spicy boneless Buffalo wings at the brewpub, and the combination is truly sublime. A tribute to hop heads, and an honor to a true beer lover, the late Kenny Lefkowitz. May Kenny’s legacy live on through his New River Pale Ale. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Bottled May 25, 03. I love the smell of a beer just as you open the bottle. This pale is friggin fantastic and I don't think it's just because it's my first beer of the day. Hazy gold color with beautiful white head. Malty taste along with beautiful hops. Caramel mouthfeel. Freakin Fantastic. tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
good clarity, nice golden amber color. hoppy, citrus, and good malt balance. i love old dominion beers. mmmm, gonna drink em’ down, down into my belly. porter4porter (32) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Pours a nice copper, excellent earthy hoppy bitterness with a citrus/crisp finish, light floral nose that is less than Sierra Nevada, an excellent east coast pale ale urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 New: 3 Months after bottling this is so goddamned lively--the malt is lively and the hops are doing dances. This may be even better than Red Seal. Tremendous flavor. Old (at the brewery)(4.1):A study in fresh hops: huge fresh Cascade nose exhibiting that hop's floral qualities wonderfully. Th light malt fights to retain its position in this hoppy, but not overly-hopped, pale ale.