kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small foamy off-white head that left some light lacing. The nose is showing a good bit of crystal malt which is a distinct turn off for me personally. Some light English hops make it past, but not a whole lot. The flavor shows off lots of crystal malt as well making it overly sweet and dulling the hop favors. Can’t say that I get a whole lot of rye from this either, perhaps from the crystal malt as well. A touch sticky on the mouthfeel due to the risidual sweetness. Soft fizzy and prickly carbonation. I will never understand why crystal malt has a place in APAs or IPAs. wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber. Spicy malt aroma. Small white head. Decent hop bitter flavor, but hardly a hop bomb. A decent pale ale that is very crisp and clean. Not a beer to seek out, but not offensive and very easy drinking. gizmo_ber (190) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2012
Taster at the brewery. Nice hoppy aroma, flavor is a good blend of malt and hops. A solid Pale Ale. wlajwl (6803) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Aroma is citrus hops and a hint of tea. The flavor is citrus and biscuit malts. b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Draft to taster at Rivertown. Looks good; burnt-orange with good carbonation and off-white head. Smells solid; appropriately hopped for an APA. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A good example of the style, and WAY better than the bottled version.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Stubby bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Clean deep golden hue with a lasting big frothy head and left very nice lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of dusty and wet grains, slight herbal hops, some soapy notes and little else. The taste has a weird acidity of a bottle going bad, additionally if there is 60+ IBU in this beer than I am a monkeys uncle. It comes off more akin to an English ESB than an American Pale Ale. Dusty and tannic spent pale malts and a touch of crystal and rye. The mouth feel is chalky and metallic, not all that enjoyable. Another beer from this brewery I will pass on... really this is the best you can do? edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2012
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white beer. Aroma of citrus, spice, bready and malts. Taste is spice, bitter hops and malts. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
bottle sampled Jul 16, 2012 - Pours lightly hazy amber-orange with a small light tan head. The aroma is of citrus hops and indistinct grainy/bready malt. It tastes at least moderately bitter, maybe more, and is balanced by malts that lend it a medium body and good balance. The finish is definitely on the bitter side. Pretty good. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle from Andy. Appearance is much darker than most PA’s. Dark amber, almost copper. Aroma is that of spicy malts and dry hops. This pale is malty and spicy from the rye with a nice hop finish. Tastes very much like a Christmas ale. Different and pretty good. PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Thanks to drowland for this. Pours a medium amber with a light off-white head, brief lacing. Aroma has that same funky butterscotch essence that the Helles Lager had - house flavor perhaps? Flavor has some decent spicy notes, a hint of citrus bitterness. The butterscotch found in the Helles creeps its way into the back end. Decently thick mouthfeel. Just on the low end of decent.