slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Nice balance between bready malts and floral herbal hops, with a very slight citrus aspect to the aftertaste. Light to medium body and feel. Especially seeing as how I’ve had this for a while, this is pretty nice." Danyel (1609) - Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells chocolatey, sweet. Tastes smooth, bitter, grassy, roasty, great bitterness. Really good. emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Poured a medium amber color with a bit of off-white head. Aromas of light hops and light malt. On the palate, this one is rather light bodied, with mild hops and a little malt. KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 3, 2010
Clear golden with a tiny off white head. Grainy aroma with hints of malt. Grainy flavour with vague caramel and grassy hops. Finished sweet and grainy. Kutz17 (13) - Laramie, WY & Chicagoland, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Tap straight from the Brewery on Ft. Collins’ Oktoberfest- Surprising for a pale ale; not overpoweringly bitter, yet plenty of hoppiness. Finished very clean.
mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Poured a clear golden bronze color with a slightly off-white finger of head. The nose was of earthy and herbal hops, biscut and caramel malts. The flavor started malty and thin with a strange metalic copper taste. Next flowery hops try to exert themselves but the copper taste keeps the the balance off. The finish had citrusy hop notes. The feel was very thin. This Pale Ale was well below average and unimpressive. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2005
I love this brewery! When I found out that they were discontinuing this beer, I ordered the remaining cases from the distribtor. Now, I finally get a chance to rate this beer next to its succesor. 12z, bottled 031605. Light amber hue with finger width head. Good bubble size on remaining head. A lot of grainy maltiness in the nose, with a supporting sweet, slight hop note. Malty kick as it hits the mouth followed by a dry hop note as it rolls over the back of the tongue. I guess that this means a malt/hop balance, but its more of a one/two combo. Good amount of maltiness that, apparently, is typical of the style. But it is followed up by a drying bitterness in the mouth. Am I being redundant? I just wanna be sure that I am good and thorough since this is going into extinction! There are many slight notes in the flavor...cirtus, caramel, and a light roasted note. Well, bottle is empty but the beer was clean! Now for the 5BBL... ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Bottled on 2/22/05. I believe I picked this up in Kansas City. Somewhat doughy in the aroma with a hint of hops and some fruit. Attractive, hazy amber with an off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Slow, widely spread visible carbonation. If I had a dollar for every beer I’ve had that tastes like this...is this from a kit? It tastes a fair amount like Kona Fire Rock Pale. Has some pine to it. Reasonably well balanced, but malt and hops somehow just don’t synchronize very well. Some caramel notes. I have concerns that at 6 months of age, this brew is past its prime. However, it seems to have enough hops for preservative quality. Improves as it warms, however, there really isn’t anything in here that blows me away. BeerandBlues2 (13810) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Draught. Pours amber with a rocky off-white film and blotchy spotty lacing. Fruit hop floral aroma with nutty caramel malt and a pine nose. Bitter acidic hop and caramel malt (meal) flavor. Medium bodied and creamy palate. hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Poured clear yellow with white mostly lasting head.
Aroma is malty, leather, yeast.
Taste is lightly bitter, some sweet, with a nice dry finish.
Palate is between watery and oily.