MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Had this one many times but this rating is from notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Light amber. Light hoppy aroma. Malty and well hopped flavor. Dry light bitter finish. This is a decent beer. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a nice copper with an off-white head. Lacy and a bit fizzy. Smell is grassy and hoppy. Floral hops and light citrus aromas.
Taste is just above average. Grassy and creamy pale malt. A nice hop profile and crsip. A bit fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Nicely balanced. A bit creamy and very very drinkable. Refreshing. The ultimate fallback beer and an old favorite of mine.
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Iím not really into pale ales. But this is better than most. Unfortunately, I still donít like beer this light. So if you like pale ale, go for it. maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Standard APA... Very high drinkability to it- you can kill a 6-pack and not even know it. Relatively high Alcohol% gives it a nice kick. Distinctly bitter taste, but goes down with hints of grapefruit. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2005
this is a classic pale ale. the very good yardstick to measure all other pale ales
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 What can anybody say that hasnít about this ale maybe applaud the excellent work done on perfecting a unique bottle and label that sets the expectations.
It pours out a clear light orange with a nice head that fades fast but into a nice creamy top that laces nicely.
The smell is hoppy with bitter orange and pine notes that make you realize this is not your average mass produced ale.
Taste is only slight malt with more hops and citrus but not a strong grapefruit taste but more like lemon/orange with a nice dry light bitter finish.
This is not a heavily carbonated beer and feels great in the mouth.
One of those beers that taste great and begs you to have another.
Note: This beer is available in almost any grocery store in NH and reasonably priced. Only wish SN would distribute more of their other beers.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
a hoppy ale with citrus flavors. a bit watery with subpar mouthfeel especially when compared to the better pale ales including the alpha king. not much depth here but a decent beer. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Not quite clear with some small opaque floaters. Amber with a creamy off white head. Distinct hop and perfume aroma with caramel, malt, some burnt toast and celery. Very complex, delicate and well balanced flavor and palate. The body is rich but not too heavy. The hop flavor satisfys but leaves you wanting more. The bitterness hits right on, not too harsh and is a counterpoint to the malty sweetness. When I first has this ale on 1985 I thought it was too much. Now I recoginize it for itís perfection. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
Pours a hazy light amber color. Interesting aroma and flavor of floral hops and caramel with a bitter finish. Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Itís good and straight to the point but somewhat uninspiring. Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2005
Boy am I mad that I canít get this one at home.
What a wonderful ale. Hoppy, refreshing, full bodied without being self-consciously huge. Smells good, tastes great and leave the hops to dance on the tongue. Bitter, full and refreshing. This is a great ale.