brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
A: Poured from the can into my Russian River pint glass. The beer is clear and amber in color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: The smell is a nice combination of citrus hops (with a mild piney quality) and quite a bit of sweet, bready malt. There is also a mild honey smell.
T: The taste is fairly comparable to the nose. The hops are certainly present, but not overwhelming. The citrus flavors are dominant in the beginning, followed by a sweet malt flavor, and a bitter finish.
M: The beer is fairly well carbonated and the body is medium, but on the fuller side for a pale ale.
D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not overly hoppy nor malty, but a good balance of the two. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
12oz canned on Feb 22, 2010. Reviewed Mar 16, 2010. Quite fresh. Pours amber with a two finger plus off white head, leaves some lacing and retains a small cap. Aroma was a bit of a letdown, pretty quiet and subdued, not much hops a touch of grass, pine, and citrus, some bread and caramel malt. Flavor is pine and resinous hops, good deal of caramel malt and bread in the middle, some sweetness, followed by a nice bitter finish. Very nice hop presence in the flavor. Medium carbonation, medium body, oily mouthfeel. The lack of aroma is the biggest issue, but really may be all the more reason to enjoy one of the best tasting beers in a can, from the can. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2010
From can at Olympen. Deep orangey amber with a rocky head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with a lot of exotic fruit, especially passion fruit. Balanced by good toffee. Hints of metal. Toffee, passion fruit, good bitterness. Nice Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 12 oz. can. Smells of hops, citrus fruit, florals, and pine. Clear amber pour. Taste is similar to smell. Pretty solid. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
Can. Pours golden with a nice off-white head. Leaves solid lacing. Flavor is a malty base with a nice pine/citrus hop balance. Great session beer.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
This is about as robust as a pale ale can get before it becomes Indian. A nose full of hops backed by enough malt that the beer looks deep orange against an opaque background. Combined, they make this a surprising pleasure in a can. sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 15, 2010
Really a super beer, and maybe deserves a slightly better rating over all. The taste is really crisp and the bitterness is more so an underlying attribute. Nice finsh, nice beer. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Can. Pours clear orange with a frothy 2-finger light tan head. Aromas of crisp citrus and pine, with some sweet sugary malt undertones. Flavor is brown sugar, bitter hops, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth. This is a really good beer. Frank (4188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
I was initially impressed by this because I figured it was in the normal pale ale alcohol range and was so flavorful. As it turns out, it’s basically an IPA w/ a stronger malt presence, but still a very good beer. It’s cloudy orange in color and topped w/ a generous white head. The nose is citrus and pine and really fresh and nice. Flavor surprises a bit w/ quite a heavy malt presence which could either be seen as too sweet or better balanced than a standard IPA. I guess it’s just a really big pale ale but it tastes really big so that’s okay. I have no complaints anyway. rcubed (35) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Appearance - A nice clear golden color with a hint of amber. One finger head. Moderate carbonation.
Aroma - Slight hop characteristics but the sweet, bready malt really dominates. Not a huge aroma.
Taste - Starts off big on the malt bready malt flavors. Really smooth and light mouth feel. The bitterness kicks in mid tongue and the hops kick in even more at the end along with the alcohol. It lingers around with some hop bitterness and a touch cereal maltiness.
It’s scary that a beer at 6.5% is this smooth, refreshing and sessionable.