omhper (25119) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy pale yellow, rich head. Moderate lemonady mango-like hop aroma. Crisp and light bodied wth clean mouthfeel and medium bitterness. Fairly simple, but with refreshing qualities. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Grumpy’s Strong Pale AleCaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
Source: Brewpub, Solona Beach
clear dark yellow, fine whitehead, drippy lace, strong citrus hop aroma with a hint of sweetness, big sweet piney flavor well balanced with lots of citrus hops and a long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Labeled Grumpy’s Strong Pale Ale (7.0% abv) on tap at Solana Beach on 11/30/06: Pours a transparent light copper bronze with a pillowy off-white head. Has a lightly grapefruity hoppy caramel malty nose. Body starts sweet and pale malty with a ton of fresh citrusy bittering and flavor hops. Finishes warming and bittersweet with a lot of hop resin. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
On tap and cask at Pizza Port Solana Beach.
Tap - Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is floral hops and citrus, orange. A light to medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, touches of orange and citrus. Hops are floral, piney and grapefruity. Lighter [pale ale, but it has a lot of flavor and a nice hop profile. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertatse is slightly bitter.
Cask - Larger head. Aroma has even more grapefruity hops. They also appear more in the taste as well. Nice soft carbonation. Fuller mouthfeel. Malts seem a little softer as well. I think I like the cask version better. It seems to have a lot more flavor. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Tap @ Carlsbad: Clear yellow gold color with a medium white head. Light cirtus and fruity aroma and flavor. Some caramel malt. For a medium sized head the carbonation was low. 7/4/7/3/14
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Had this a year later on tap at Solana and this time it was listed as a 7% strong ale rather than a pale. Clear amber color with a small white head. Hop forward aroma with grapefruits and sweaty hops. The caramel barely has a chance to peak out. Big fresh hop flavor. Pine and grapefruits. The hops were big all the way around but very drinkable. The score is for the strong ale version.
tap in Solana Beach - This a good example of a pale ale, the pleasant hoppy bitterness nicely balanced with the malts. Soft carbonation, nice full mouthfeel. Nothing astonishing here, but I could easily sit back and enjoy a few pints. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Another in an almost bewildering array of pale ales from the Pizza Port breweries, unless a side-by-side tasting is available, they’re becoming indistinguishable over time. This one is moderately flavorful pale ale, lightly sweet, orangy citrusy, moderately hoppy, only mildly malty. Sweet, orange citrus nose is quite aromatic, enticing and probably the best part of this beer. Light to medium body, fairly clean on the palate. Light golden in color, and slightly hazy in appearance. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between, but absolutely huge in size. Average size white head. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s bitter and hoppy with slight grapefruit and pine notes and touch of sweetness. Smells and tastes like fresh hops. Light to medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Lightly hazed pale golden hue. Fragrant, fruity, hoppy orangey aroma. Hoppy fruity palate, fairly sweet at first, light and easy, decent bitter grapefruit bite in the finish. Lingering fresh orange aftertaste. Good summer afternoon hop nectar. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Cask at O’Briens. Rests clear, pale amber in the glass with a thin whitish head and a little lace. Aroma is primarily citrus and pine hops with a little spice. Nice mellow maltiness in the flavo brings a little fruity sweetnessr, but again this is dominated by the hops, lemon, grapefruit and pine abound. Smooth cask mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Pleasant.