davebeer74 (2) - Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009 does not count
Over-hopped garbage. This is not a pale ale, closer to an IPA. Hops mask a poorly brewed beer. Fusel alcohol. Hangover in a can. Everytime I drink this, one beer does the trick - congestion and headache. foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 Beer poors copper with an excellent large white head. Beer has a nice floral hop aroma that doesn’t overpower. Taste is a nice balance of hops and a slight malty sweetness. Beer finishes dry which invites another to follow. Overall this beer is a great session pale ale perfect for any occasion Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
THOUGHTS: Their cans always impress me. I was surprised by the dominant malt in the aroma, but the flavor had plenty of hops to make up for it. It went down easy. Great balance.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a murky, medium to dark orange with nice carbonation and an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left nice lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy caramel malt; light to moderate citric hops that increased as it warmed; light yeast; and peaches. The initial flavor was sweet and bitter; while the finish was sweet and rather bitter with and average to long duration. There was caramel malts, peach, and then tons of citric hops that were mostly orangey and then some pine hops. The light to medium body was a bit syrupy with fairly soft carbonation and a bit of a metallic finish. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Can from Cracked Kettle. Nice amber body with lasting head. Hoppy nose with pine notes. Strong grapefruit taste of hops, then warms with malty finish. Really nice combination. Another excellent production out of a can. Hats off. coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Nice dark golden honey color. Good, thick tan head with excellent retention and excellent lacing, to boot.
Big pine resin presence in the nose. A little bit of grapefruitey/citrusey notes. A nice wheat smell. Decent malt appearance, here, suprisingly. Slight sweet breads.
Breakfast rolls laced with caramel, sitting in a small pine tree. Hops presence is here, though not as over-dominating as I’d imagined from the nose. Kiss of citrus/grapefruit.
Nice touches of floral notes. Some very nice malt sweetness, for a tiny bit of balance.
Clean, crisp carbonation level. Feels more akin to a DIPA than an APA, to me, but that’s not a complaint. Nice and smooth and a good level of creaminess.
Drinkability is very good. Hops are not my thing, in general, so I’d purchase other things more frequently than this. Although I would gladly put this one into the purchasing rotation schedule.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
the most beuatiful, fluffy head I have ever seen on a non-cask beer. This beautiful marshmallowy cloud lasts almost as long as your beer does. It is very malty and sweet. Perfect balance of sweet, bitter, and malty body. Hardly pale, this guy really coats your mouth with a sting. aroma is a little minty, too. Can at Abraxas, Miami Beach. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Can from StFun. Pours a golden orangish color with nice little lacy head. Aroma and taste of sweet hops caramel, malts, buttery biscuits. Very refreshing pale ale. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
This is a prety good, but rather thin, standard, grapefruity pale ale that does not do much for me.
It’s pale amber with a medium ,off-white head that shrinks slowly to a foamy ring.
The aroma is grapefruit, grape, and raisin, with hints of pine and bread crust.
The taste is grapefruit up front with syrupy grape and grain. It’s light on flavour and complexity and is mostly sweet, along with some faint, thin fruit and a hint of piney-leafiness. It’s a bit too sweet up front while the finish is a little too bitter. Bitterness lingers too much afterwards. It’s fairly full-bodied in feel and has well-rounded range of elements while it’s not truly overly bitter but the elements aren’t well integrated or balanced. Ultimtately, it’s somewhat one-dimensional and bland.
sketchmind (18) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2009
What a wonderful pale ale. Nice amber color, wonderful head. Flowery hop aroma with some pine, caramel and fruit. Flavor is wonderful. Some smooth floral hops mixed with a just slightly more than subtle bitter, then you notice a nice malt caramel sweetness that carries into a smooth finish that feels all around balanced.
A fantastic pale ale. Plenty of hop kick. Smooth palate, not over the top but very nice bitter - wonderful malt to back it up. Terrific. 22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Superb flavor profile, excellent hop aromas and flavor, nice alcohol level and plenty of malty backbone make for a very well balanced and tasty pale ale. The extra bit of alcohol kick and malt sweetness push this one above the classic standard of Sierra Nevada. Also the Northern Brewer bittering addition adds to the drinkability of this pale ale, it definitely features a smooth bitterness and a light golden caramel sweetness. Crack open a can and pour it into a glass, smash the can on your forehead and enjoy the rest.