5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle pours golden, single fingered frothy white head, good carbonation, with fine pieces of sediment suspended throughout. Hops and citrus on the nose. Up front it is slightly malty, but moreso grainy, followed up by a nice hop bitterness. All flavors seem to disappear as soon as they show up. Finishes slightly bitter, with a grainy aftertaste. Decent body, so-so mouthfeel, but the flavor could stand to last longer. Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade! thegreenrooster (4701) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Pours a nice cloudy amber. Aroma is hops. Flavor is very malty and very hoppy. Nice bitterness as this one goes down. Comparable to SNPA for those hopheads out there. Recommended. roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 Middle of the road rating is indicative of the quality control problems with the bottled version of this brew (labelled American Pale Ale "Expedition Reserve"). Hmmm... cheesy marketing aside, when this brew is on -- everything is good. Lacing, palate, appeareance, and flavor (especially aftertaste) are solid... even a little addictive if you’re acclimated to Schlafly’s numerous near-miss beers. But when it’s off it’s really off. Flat, bland, and worth returning. That said, buy this beer. It’s the first bottled release that effectively reigns in the dominant yeast flavor of the "Schlafly" line of brew-hays without eliminating the rawness. omhper (26224) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
Bottled. Orange-amber. Strong, hoppy grapefruit aroma. Very malty with dense, clean mouthfeel, Still a bit young and raw. Biting bitterness. Similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with more malt. Jedsbrew (464) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2004
Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a minimal head and a fine aroma-grapefruit, orange, peachy. Medium bodied and citrusy up front with an almost pilsner-like maltiness and a bittersweet finish. Bottled version.
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2004
Light hazy copper with a creamy off-white head. The aroma has notes of diactyl, sweet malts and some algae with hops. The flavor is a little bitter with some musky hop notes and earthyness. The finish is tangy & citrusy with a little more bitter finish, not too balanced. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
Amber pour, a thin head and little lacing. Earthy hops and malts. Kind of a fungus aroma.. more organic really. Flavor is nice. Floral and citrus hops blended well with the malts. Tingly palate, medium palate and alcohol laced hoppy finish. Flavor good, aroma bad. civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Good in the bottle, great on tap, and best hand-pumped from the cask. Intense hoppy flavor with a strong citrus bitter aftertaste. The color is a medium amber, and the head is nice (best if cask). NOTE: They are packaging this in bottles as Expedition Reserve--it's the same beer. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
A little dissapointing of a brew with such decent rating. Medium hops with a thick mouthfeel. Overall, nothing speial. 3fourths (9386) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Cask at the brewery. Big foamy ice-cream head on top of a golden murky body. Sweet orange and lemon hop aroma, creamy and sweet hoppy flavor. This one is nice. Silky, creamy and overall very hopped. Recommended.