WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Easy to like, hard to love, sort of the way I feel about pale ales in general. Pale amber, almost clear, small head, good lace. Sweet and nutty malts, some floral overtones, not the in your face use of PNW hops I have been getting all week here in Seattle. However, I actually love the piney, grapefruity, orange peel bitterness of the other beers here. OldMrCrow (2447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 9/12/06 Bottle.
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Very few of my local session favorites from my pre-ratebeer days have stood up well to the test of time. I thought that this one - which was my session favorite a few years back - would be no exception, but I’m very pleasantly surprised. Sure, I probably caught it in exactly the right mood, thirsty and ready for an easy-drinking beer, but this is really really nice.
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The aroma is caramel and apple and some citric hops, hints of grass as well; the flavor is a nice apple-and-caramel pale ale with a flavor that recalls Fullers ESB for me. The mouthfeel is just right for drinking, full enoguh not to feel watery at all, easy for the drinking, not overcarbonated in the least. This has been a pleasant surprise. 7/4/7/3/16=3.7
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Revisit 5/1/10. Serious yawner, about 3.1. Drop it to 3.3
Clear dark orange with offwhite average head. Strong malt, resin, sweet citrus and medicine like aroma.. Full flavored with balance s&b and an ash tasting finish. benpickens (550) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Full of big bubbles of carbonation, nice amber color, and white minimal head. Smells of grapefruit rind and citrus. Nice malt and hops combonation with neither one overpowering teh other. Finishes off with a sweet malt punch followed by a bitter hop hit. Not as hoppy as many pacific northwest pale ale’s and more malty. IndianaRed (5208) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle pours a hazy dark copper color witha modest but lasting of white head. Lacing is sturdy and thick. Pleasant malty and hops aroma with some spices. Flavors are a mild hoppy, soapy flavor. Slightly bitter and not with the nice citrus or floraly copmpanants that PNW pales should have. Medium to thin palate and very soft carbonation. A bit diddapointing.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2006
12-oz. Is this beer not what it used to be? Didn’t Michael Jackson name it one of his ten desert island beers a decade ago? Now it’s just watery...or maybe I’ve changed in the last ten years. Yeasty, bland nose; light, watery attack and palate. Virtually free of finish, other than a mild soapy tang with a puff of bitter across the back of the throat. I used to tell everyone to try this beer. Not I wonder whether I owe them one. bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Draught aboard the MV Kirkland: A clear, coppery amber with a lacy off-white head. The aroma has a bit of citrus and pine. Medium creamy body. The taste is fruit and nuts with some toffee sweetness. The finish is nicely hoppy. jake65 (4034) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Nice copper color with a small white head. Taste is crisp and clean with a smooth maltiness, nuts, caramels, and fresh hops. Very pleasant amd assertove taste. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Tap at brewery. Pours cloudy like iced tea. Aroma is tea leaves with Sweet-N-Low. Flavor is malty with a hops finish; very cardboardy. Palate is adequate. Reminds me of the stale smell of an antique shop. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
here’s a pretty nice, well-made pale ale, no big bells and whistles-- and where would you put a whistle anyway? amber-orange color straight from the handbook, very clear, and with enough foam to block most solar UV. toasted malts along the lines of baking bread dominate the aroma, while dry hop leafs hoist their modest flag of orange and woody scented pine cones. flavors seem more self-assured and assertive than the aroma-- though that’s like trying to talk over a librarian-- hardly loud. there’s just your standard lightly sweet woody-toasted malts covering for those same orange rind bitters already alluded to. soft carb, medium bodied; a pale of extraordinarily pleasant normal-ness.