doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
On-tap at PPSB. Board said MIke’s Pale Ale RIP. ABV 6.3%. Pours amber with a thin, sticky white head, spider web lace. Smells crisp hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Tastes hoppy bitter with nice caramelly sweet undertones and a little malt flavor in the background. Medium body, nice carbonation. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Draught samples at ABF on 6/16/07cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Very soft, lightly hazed pale-lemon colored beer with gold tints and a large, white head that is retained well and laces strongly.
Very crisp and dry are the hops, focusing on citrus mainly, but not your typical, boring candied orange and grapefruit cascade medley. Rather, it has bits of juicy tangerine aroma, with a very strong lemon zest note. Almost reminded me of concentrated lemon juice. Probably some amarillo in it, mixing with the cascade or whatever C-hop they used. It’s done well, and the dryness dosent have to fight through much sweetness, nor any medium malts. A true San Diego Pale Ale in every sense. Bitterness brings some zip to the finish as well, and there were no flaws/alcohol detected. Medium-high strength of aroma.
Soft pale malts are dextrinous and give a medium body, while bitter, lemon and grapefruit rind hoppiness slowly spreads out on the palate. A strong juiciness is present, giving more flavor than bitterness, eventually, as well as plentiful lemon-lime suggestions and typical, though not overdone, orange. Nothing heavily resinous here, nor was it overdone in bitterness. Not overly complex in malt, with mostly pale malt sugars providing light honey-vanilla and a bit of cake-icing-like sweetness. Quite dry overall, and very drinkable, with ample carbonation that helps accentuate the more delicate citric qualities of the hops. No flaws.
On tap @ Pizza Port (Solana Beach) - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a small off white head. Nice lacing. Flavor and aroma is pine and citrus. Has a slight astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A nice beer. GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Draft. Orange, tea in color. No head. Very hoppy, apricot-orange. Evokes reminders of Bells Hopslam. Well done. Sampled @ American Beer Fest in Boston. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
On tap at Stone. Clear orange amber with fluffy white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Pine and citrus tastes, caramel, and a huge bitter bite witha a clean refreshing crisp finish. Yum.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Solana Beach. Aroma of big coriander. Appears a medium-light copper, with some effervescence, and with a nice head. Flavor is of a good malt base, supported by big piney fresh hops. Palate is medium to medium-thick, and appropriate. Overall, this tastes like the Experimental Ale gravity’d up a bit. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Tap @ Solana Beach. The chalkboard said "Mike’s RIP Pale Ale". Clear brown-amber body, frothy white head. Sharp citru srind aroma. Pine/grapefruit with the usual caramel malt in teh background. Big hoppy flavor - orange, lime, resinous pine over pale malt. The finish features a lingering bitter plant stem + grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced stuff! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a thick, lasting head with lots of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty yet bitter and hoppy with notes of pine and a touch of pepper. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry. zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
on cask @ pizza port. this was a special treat for a sunday night. smooth and creamy with a fairly mild taste for an ipa. beautiful golden color and decent lacing. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
(Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) Potent grapefruit hoppiness in the nose, but it’s accompanied by a vegetable aroma that is a little unpleasant, but not strong enough to overpower or ruin the grapefruit aroma. The flavor is very bitter and hoppy, showing a lot of grapefruit. The lightly sweet malt base is fairly mild, allowing the hops to take center stage, though I think this beer is hoppy enough to demand center stage whether the malt agreed to it or not. Fairly dry on the palate, medium bodied. Hazy, dark golden color. Off-white head is small on the pour and settles to a halo fairly quickly. Overall, this is one hoppy beer, not as hoppy or bitter as Ponto or Swami’s, but approaching them. The vegetable aroma is the only flaw in an otherwise solid beer.