Grovlam (4220) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Draught @ the brewpub in San Juan. They served a five sample. Average almost creamy like off-white head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Light cloudy amber-golden color. Aroma of apricot, floral, dusty flower, grapefruit and mild caramel over the palate. Light to medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with light sweetness. Light dry and apricot bitter finish. Quite nice on a hot summer day in San Juan. AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at brewpub in San Juan. Best of thier beers. Verynice, slighty sweet malty pale ale. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
This was my second favorite in the sampler. Nice hop aroma after amber orange pour. Nothing outrageous, but nice sessionable brew. pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Tap 4.5 oz sample at the O.H. Brewery in Old San Juan, PR. A good selection. cheap (5796) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
Sampled at the brewpub in Old San Juan. Light brownish almost like watered down iced tea and it is a bit hazey. Creamy thin head that hangs. Has IPA hints in the aroma. Some mild pine as well. Certainly an ale with its annoying hopped prudish flavors. Not quite as high on the IPA flavor scale but it does approach that level. Ropey savory and dull pale ale finish with a medium lingering medicinal bite.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
On tap at the San Juan location. Dark amber pour with a hint of haze. Thin white layer of head covers the brew for the entire length of the beer. Pretty floral in the mouth at first but settles very smooth. Not astringent at all. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
27 oct 07, on tap @ Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Clear, deep amber color. White foamy head. Sweet aroma, hop florals, a little citrus, and hints of roses. Fizzy character. Huge hop florals for a Pale Ale...Its more of a WestCoast Style than an English PubStyle Pale Ale. Bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Sampled on draft at the brewpub in wonderful Old San Juan. The aroma was not its strongpoint, a mix of hop-scents, some wheat and yeast, and a bit of grain. A slight malt character, but not easily detected. The appearance was traditional, a gold-copper color with a decent, bubbly white head. The flavor was good, mostly bitter and sour; not a sweet beer. Might have been better if not for being slightly watered down. It had a good fizzyness on the palate, with a full mouthfeel, and slightly drying effect. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
on tap at brewpub. Ok aroma, lite citrus, little sourdough. Clean copper color. Good head and lace. Bitter flavor, just like aroma.Yeast gives it a lagerish taste. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Eh. GarrettB (1581) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 I’m racking my mind to remember, trying to squeeze any threads of memory about this beer that I had about one year ago. And the only thing I can supplement this old stack of notes with is a very clear feeling of excitement. Pale ales were still entirely new to me, having had no exposure from my sober family members to anything but the occasional O’Douls or Coors for the Thanksgiving family gathering. From what I had read it sounded like a very exciting style(s) of beer, worlds apart from the boring ambers and pale lagers that soaked through my distant family’s preferences. When I first had a pale ale, a REAL pale ale experience, it was there at the Old Harbor Brewery. My innocently simple notes mention a red-orange-brown industrial rust type color, and a springy smell of hops. The scribbles explain the pale ale was like a “droll rollercoaster” of flavor, beginning with sweet, a period of non-chalant boredom, and then a steep slide into hops, finally gliding into the expected characteristic hops after taste. In other words, so-so. But what I saw in that humble beer was a vast field on a gray dawn – a hundred acres of potential. My nascent hobby suddenly soared with the realization that beer was a many, many sided jewel. There wasn’t one plenipotentiary on the shelves, but a thousand fiefdoms vying for eager taste buds. So while the Old Harbor Pale Ale was mediocre, the emotional and sentimental impact was priceless. It was a Renaissance in beer – a day I still savor when I drink my beers today nearly one year later.