SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 8, 2007
murky apple cider looking beer with a medium sized off-white head. aroma of hops and tons of caramel malt. very hoppy and dry flavor with a good quantity of caramel malt. perfect blend of malt and hops. what a treat. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2007
From a bottle. A creamy, slightly off white head topped a hazy medium bronze colored colored body. The aroma is bursting with amaretto liquer and rich orange cream. There is also a hint of wood. The taste is much drier than I expected. The hop character is very up front with lots of grapefruit and a little bit toasted walnuts. The taste finishes a little rough and salty with grapefruit rinds and some apple core. This is a little too much in the hop bomb department for my tastes. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
0.5 l bottle courtesy Boutip, batch 233, brewed 080206, best before 080208. Hazy bronze colour with a full lasting creamy and rocky beige head. Toffee, bread, orange, other citrus, earthy, and woody aroma. Bready and light caramel malts with a woody, tangerine, grapefruit, and lightly resinous bitter finish. Medium bodied, juicy, lightly numbing mouthfeel. Nice sitting in the sun Sunday afternoon quaffer. bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Citrus hop aroma with some musty overtone. Medium copper color. Vigorous, frothy white head. Some lacing. A bit thin in body. Nice level of natural carbonation. Hop bitter, undertones of malt, miniscule anise. The finish is very dry, nicely bitter in a refined way, and a bit puckerish. There are flavors that hint at metallic but are not. There is a certain earthiness, perhaps a yeastiness. It’s great, in part because it has characteristics not found in English and American pale ales. It’s the water? DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
funny to find one of the better examples of a blend between american and english style pale ales comes from norway. featuring a nice citrusy hop flavor courtesy of the american hops, but a nice fruitiness that comes from the english yeast. my first nogne and im looking forward to the rest of their beers.
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pale copper with tiny flecks of unfiltered goodness. Clingy white foam deposits puffy lacework. Strong scents of earthy yeast, peach marmalade, toffee, and nutty malt. Airy esters are also plentiful. Soft, natural carbonation expands on the palate. Chewy malt sweetness is immediately displaced by brash yet poignant and cleanly defined salty hop notes and snappy esters. Hops are notably focused, and primarily consist of a grassy bitterness which intensifies throughout. Earthy yeast presence remains robust in its firmness, and accentuates the sharpness of the hops. Dab of hop-derived acidity (peach) increases the quaffable nature without remotely obscuring or detracting from the boisterous hops or pillowy malt. Finishes persistently salty and grassy with notes of aniseed which trail the supple marmalade and citric accents. Damn near an all-out smashing Pale Ale, and of course worthy of high praise due to its clean maltiness, aggressive bitterness, vivacious yeast character (though it might be a bit too yeasty for me), and highly natural (bottle conditioned and unfiltered) state. Fun, fun, fun. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle from Capones, Thanks Stegosaurus. Hazy golden pour with a hoppy\ spice aroma. Citrus\ hop taste with a little bitter bite at the finish.
Not a bad beer. NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light amber hue with a nice white head. The aroma is sharp, slightly sour with plenty ofnotes of melon and something that is almost chalky, but more like mineral water. The hops don’t stand out as much as I would hope for, but they rather accent the malt choice here. It’s kind of a hybrid between an English pale and an American pale. The flavor is very rich in the way of melon and also subtle suggestions of cucumber, grass, tea, and caramel are present. My personal preference would demand more acidity or distinct hops from this style, but yes, it is a good beer and a unique tasting APA at that. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Buffed metallic-orange body with a cottony off-white head. Nice orange and grapefruit citrus nose with light spice tones and brown sugar in the malt backbone. Flavor has qualities of sweet tea, caramel, and light toasted grain, plus a note of butterscotch and semi-dry, woody hop bitterness. A well-crafted pale ale for sure.
ekstedt (6777) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Bottle. Cloudy orange/amber, meium white head. Intense hop aroma of pine, citrus and ginger. Some malty notes also of dried fruits. Medium bodied and smooth. Unbalanced and way too bitter. Hop juice. Rating 6/4/5/4/10->3.1
. Interesting how one’s preferences change over time. This time I found it to be a well balanced beer somewhere between an APA and an IPA, perhaps more the latter.