mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours a really nice copper color. Aroma is quite hoppy. Nice balanced flavor of hops goin on. A little fruity finish has a little bitterness. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Pours a deep, deep gold colour. A bit of a tall white head, but the head is thin and doesn’t last too long. Lacing is minimal. Nose is great, hops are strong, fruitiness, even a crispness comes through in the nose. A crisp hoppy/yeasty taste hits the pallette early. Finishes crisp and clean, with a nice bitterness to it. One of the best Pale Ales I’ve had. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Pours dark gold/amber. Smells as it tastes, bitter. Definitley smell the hops here. Nice and smooth going down with a bitter finish. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2004
This is a good one. No fan of pale ales, thi was excellent. Golden color, tight faomy head, Hoppy, and a bitter kick. I enjoyed this. drooge99 (4) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2004 does not count
Tastes different from the glass than from the bottle. Pours a full solid with minimal head. Aroma is a dry citrus type, found similarly in the taste. Slightly bitter overtones, nothing to intense though. 5.6% alc makes this a very drinkable ale.
One of my true favorites.
BigBilly (126) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
350ml brown bottle. Poured a clear carbonated amber with gd white head.Floral hops nose.Bitter grapefruit flavour with caramel malt notes- like a slightly stronger version of Honkers Ale. Pleasant mouthfeel & long bitter finish. RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
A nice beer that I see gets a decent amount of respect here in the ratings. Still hard to think it’s as high as the 90th percentile, but I digress. Nice flowery-hop aroma and toasty with a bitter aftertaste. Not too shabby. larsniclas (7217) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2004
Golden with white and firm head.
Citrusy hop-aroma and flavour.
Fine maltiness and bitterness with toffee-notes. drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 31, 2004
Not a favorite of mine. Very bland taste for a pale ale, but a respectable beer with a cult following and a wide distribution area. Sierra Nevada is definitely one of the banner companies for American micros, especially now that Sam Adams has gone mainstream. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Another "micro" that has the cult following...pours copper with a decent head that laces the whole glass...fruit then floral...small hint of sweetness followed by a nice coat of wool on the tongue...will definately order this at a restaurant that carries "exotics" over Shiner...