mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAY 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy orange with beige head, it has earthy aroma that is floral and fruity. the flavor is mildly sweet with hint of grapefruit.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This American Pale Ale pours a medium amber/copper color from a 50cl bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, toasty and slightly sweet. There is also a piney hop note in the background. A medium to full bodied APA. Malts are caramel and bready, with a touch of spiciness. Hops are piney and floral. Nice balance. You get a nice mix of malts and hops and them BAM! You get hit with a bunch of spiciness. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint aroma of citrus and malts. Nice crisp and bright medium bodied palate with light carbonation. Inital sweet taste of caramel/buttery malt transitioning to an unpleasant soapy bitterness and finishing with a nice perfumy floral taste and semi-dry lightly alcoholic finish.
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mm, very nice pale ale. Apple aromas and flavors, with something else..maybe spice.. juniper berries..? It’s good!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral hops in this cloudy orange our with lots of head. Hops and a little malt on the body.
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fruity, well hopped pale ale. On the light side for the palate, but it is rare to get this much fruit aroma in an apa. Well carbonated. Thick and full palate. Medium bitter.
Skyview (5824) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500 ml bottle, this was the first beer sampled at Cellar’s Nøgne Ø on Friday. Pours a hazy pale golden brew with a thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of citrus peel, sweet barley malt, and some pineapple. Taste has some dry hoppiness, grapefruit and a little bitterness. Finish is dry and a bitter aftertaste.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, deep golden in color with a nice frothy white head. Some fruity limes exude as your pouring. Crisp and light on the palate yet maintains a creaminess. Flavors are very nice, citrus abounds with lemons and limes. The malting is complex, featuring some biscuit and light caramel apple. Rather dry finish. This is an exquisite pale.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Bottle 500 cl, batch # 233. Amber color. Big, long lasting off-white head. Hoppy, sweet malt, yeast. Half-dry finish with moderate pluss bitterness. Very good, but I will always prefer NØs Amber or IPA.
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle drunk on 4/20/07
Very fluffy, white head is quite large and retained very well, leaving plentiful lacing. Despite the careful pour, there is still a soft haziness in this warm-toned peach-apricot colored beer. Lots of sediment on the bottom.
Very peachy fruits are found in the nose. Nectarines, apricots and peaches, with citrus coming on late and adding a dry tangerine note. Rather juicy to start with, but some yeast blandness is noted. Malts are dry, crackery and highly attenuated, adding light vanilla and honey sweetness after warming/breathing. Acidity is quite moderate, and some hop oils give the nose a rather sticky feel. No alcohol noted.
Citrus grabs the palate at first sip, depositing dry hop oils and moderate acidity. It’s well dispersed by the malts, however, which are dry and grainy, giving notes of toasted white bread and very minimal vanilla. It sort of leaves a void in the middle of the palate, not being very soft or overly "malty". The engaging, natural carbonation helps ameliorate this, to some degree, concentrating what little malt sweetness/softness there is, but the hop flavors never fully return and only a bit of juicy, green hop fruitiness (resin, melons, sweet oranges) sits on the finish with a very large amount of yeastiness as well. Alcohol is not perceived, and there aren’t any flaws, but the malt/mashing needs a little adjustment it seems and some of this yeastiness has to go.