mattvervack (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2009
I drink this in the can version and think its super, but this rating is for the draught version. Had it after trying an overhopped beer so was concerned that my tongue wouldn’t be able to taste it. Compared it with 2 other pale ales on the table. This one really stood out, tasting exactly like a pale ale should, malt and hops balanced, very high drinkability that left you wanting more. My only complaint really is that the alcohol is too high, this is something you can drink alot of and that could lead to trouble! hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Canned on 5/27/09. Clear copper pour with a creamy two-finger slightly off-white head, great retention and decorative lace. Sweet, spicy, and floral aromas with slight grain. Flavor starts off with caramel sweetness and leads to the hoppy bitterness. Citrus and grain. Alcohol is undetectable. Medium body with moderate carbonation. My go-to camping beer for sure! Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Can Pours a cloudy-clear amber with a good frothy off white head. The head lasts well, and laces pretty good. Has a good aroma of hops, citrus, oranges, and some dough. Has a good carbonation. The mouthfeel is excellent. The flavor is real good. A nice balance, not too sweet or too hoppy. In my mind this is what a pale ale is. Has a medium body. Good ABV but you can’t really tell. Has an oily texture. A good finish with an enjoyable aftertaste. This is a good beer and the fact that you can get it in cans makes it a summer staple. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2009
12oz can pours a clear amber with a thin white head that persists as a thin stripe for quite a while.
Doughy aroma is strong and combines with the hops for a pleasant nose. Initial blast of flavor is almost skunky, but levels out with better hoppy flavors of Cascade and Columbus and finishes well. I’m not familiar with the Northern Brewer, but perhaps it’s their flavor that throws things off for me.
Best beer I’ve had in a can, for sure. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2009
can, pours light amber with a thin to medium off white head. Aroma is full of a doughy malt and hops with some notes of candied apple. Light malt body with some sweetness that is quickly interupted by a super fresh hop bitterness. Cascade is there for sure, but it’s got a peppery hop presence that is nice as well. This is solid and packed with flavor.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
12 oz Can. Pours a clear, deep amber with a one finger, tan, rocky head that has great retention and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, maple syrup, raw hops cones. Taste is a little cardboardy with a giant wallop of piney hops and not too much malt backing- verging on unbalanced. Very long, bitter finish. Best pale ale I’ve tried save for All Other Pale. 6.5% is well hidden but makes itself apparent after a little while. Definitely a serious pale ale. Highly recommended. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 1. On Tap at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, Lyons 10/10/2007
Strong hop and fruit aromas. Amber coloured strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a crisp bitter finish.
2. From the Can at the Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont 08/10/2008
Hoppy aroma. Golden coloured and hoppy with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish. Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Can’t believe I’m just getting to this rating now...maybe because I knew it wasn’t a one-off purchase. Absolutely by far "thee" best beer I’ve ever had in a can. And this Pale Ale can challange anything in a bottle...not that it has to be in a bottle to be good. Definitely glass worthy...nice amber pour...frothy off-white head...smooth mouthfeel...nice hop character and malt balance...this is a staple in my fridge...goes in that cool can rack on the door! msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2009
12oz can from Old Chicago. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and caramel malt. Flavor is hops with citrus, caramel malt and some pine. Nice hoppy pale ale. punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2009 Can. A delightfully surprising pale ale, get ready to get punched in the face with some hops! A creamy mouthfeel with a somewhat acidic finish, this pale ale is hoppy through and through. Aroma, flavor, aftertaste, etc. Wonderful for a hot day, this pale ale is great with a meal, a cigar, or anything you’re doing. Well done.