Rune (13186) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2009
Slightly hazy, copper body. Inviting aroma of late fruits. Sweet orange shells in flavour followed by very dry hopped bitterness to the ending. Fine drinkability, in spite of being a bit too dry. Gravicask served in a third pint glass at GBBF, 04.08.2009. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
Cask at GBBF09. Alround rating: Citrusy, green hop, grassy, caramel, small hint of grainy chocolate malt. But clean and tasty. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2009
[email protected]chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2009
Ambery colour, not much head. Aroma is hops, wood, fruits, flowery hops as well as some fudge, earth and mild parfume. Flavour is much of the same in a pleasant balance. Very drinkable APA.
Cask (gravity) at GBBF 2009, Day 1. Listed simply as Opa Opa Pale Ale but the ABV is the same as this one so I guess this is the right one. Dry-hopped with Centennial. Amber colour. Lovely pungent floral hops on the nose, no doubt accentuated by the dry-hopping. It does fall off a little on the palate as Silk suggests but my scoring starts from a higher baseline so I still found it very tasty, with plenty of aromatic hop character backed up with just enough pale malt to provide necessary balance. A particularly appealing and enjoyable beer. I particularly enjoyed Silk’s suggestion that Sim might want to use this as perfume.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Cask Conditioned Gravity Dispense GBBF 09. A light amber to ginger coloured beer with a ring of off-white bubbles. The aroma is piney with a hint of sweet malt just as you’d expect from an APA. Nice clean hoppy flavours in the mouth. Pine and spruce and a bit of prickle.
SilkTork (5777) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
GBBF 2009. Cask. Clean citric and tropical fruit aroma. A great feminine perfume. Taste doesn’t live up to the perfume - it’s thin and dry, but with a decent lingering bitterness. Overall it disappoints after the promise of the nose. Soap creeps in. TBone (17786) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2009
[email protected]PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Clear amber color, not much head. Caramelly, some resiny hops in the nose. Pale malty, piney hoppy flavor. Quite balanced malt and hop profile. Enjoyable APA.
From growler: A nice clean, solid pale ale for those of you who enjoy a snappy malt tingle here and there. this pale ale can conquer and destroy all those imitators. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A golden ale with a thin white head. A light caramel malt aroma with kight hopping. In mouth, a grassy malt with light crisp English hops, light citrus, medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Clean cereals propose humble sweetness for the wooden hop flavor and bitterness to balance out. Storyless but well made, this Pale Ale might lack hop flavor and aroma to please some lovers of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the clear orangey blond.
-Passive apricots convey fruitiness to the sweet grain.
-The supporting hop bitterness lingers nicely.
-The nose is not expressive enough to make me feel like diving in.
On tap at the brewpub.