Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2003 gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refreshingly light pale ale. Bottle conditioned (at least I hope it was yeast on the bottom) with a smooth slight malt and slight hop character. The beer is OK, but nothing to write home about.
Par 5 pours a light amber color, with a thin white head. Aroma is butter, butter, and more butter. The body is very light and refreshing, with buttery malts and light floral hops notes. Unfortunately, the flavor is thin and quickly dissipates. Sure, Par 5 doesn't challenge the palate, but it would serve as a good introduction to beer styles for macroswillers. I will admit, this is something I could probably brew myself with just the slightest experience. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Pours with a creamy, slightly off-white head. Hazy pale attractive color. Rather hoppy aroma. I've had it on tap at the brewery and it was better than the bottle I'm basing my rating on. Bitter in the finish. If you get the chance, the brewery is pretty fun. Darts, pool, pop corn and a big screen. brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2002
The other two Robert Thomas brews (Porter, Amber) are just bad. This one is actually drinkable, but it's balanced hard toward the Cascades and I don't go for that kind of thing. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Try this next to RT's other pale ale, the Roffey's Forecaster, and you'll have a good lesson in microbrewed APAs. Forecaster is unabashed, forecful, full of flavor and depth. Par 5 is much more limited and one-dimensional. You pretty much HAVE to drink this with food, because its own flavors are rather limited ...
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
A pretty substandard pale ale, decent hop aroma, slight citrus flavors, a drinkable beer, but not as hoppy as i like. Nowhere near other michigan micros. For a fine GR area Pale, I would suggest Founders Dry-hopped pale instead. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 Classic APA. Good hop aroma--I had this one tap at the brewery. I liked it because the hops weren't too overdone and there was a good malt background to support the citrusy notes. Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2002
This is another one that is very good with dinner. It kinda has the citrus overtones, but not enough to take away from the hops. Hard to find, but worth the trouble.