dzimm27 (143) - - NOV 30, 2011
The smell of hops surprised me as I opened the can. It is a dark copper color and has a strong hop aroma which is quite clean (apparently only goldings hops used). Taste is fuller than you would expect from a can but a little one sided and mellow for all the hops. This could stand some more carbonation which could really make this pop. Best canned beer I have ever had, but I am rating it against bottled beer, which may be unfair. Got this as a gift, a good one at that. rougeau13 (3280) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Hazy copper with a small, frothy off white head. Aroma full of citrus with some pale malt and pine. Taste is fruity and malty; slightly sweet with a nice bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a bit dry. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. can from Chips Wine & Beer. It pours a rather nice pale amber color with a small white head. The nose has a good bit of pine hops. Some tropical fruit and juicy fruit gum lurking too. The flavor is heavy with the hops, mainly pine and resin notes. The malt is there, but mostly for body and a touch of underlying nuttiness. Despite all the hops, you are left with just a lingering bitterness which brings you back for me. Euphoric indeed. jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 This is probably one of my favorate pale ales ive tried yet.
Aroma/mouthfeel/taste/bittering are near perfect. Flavor is balanced.
Brilliantly clear-copper color with pillowy 2 finger head fitting perfectly into a sam adams glass. Excellent lacing,much body creamyness,smoothness medium carmel notes very balanced with a spicy hoppy smoothness.
The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth.
Very flavorfull pale ale.This is a new favorate,i like this more than the ipa for shure.
2012- Floral aroma,seems milder on the aroma/taste but Strong spicey/citrus bittering. A little less likable than last year. thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pour is a hazy orange with an average white head. Aroma is citrus hops with maybe a lingering caramel malt. Flavor is bang hops and resin. A little sweetness from the malt lingers on the tounge. A very tasty APA and I’m glad I got to try it this year before it dissapears.
zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2011
12 oz. can from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Spicy hop aroma with tangerine and pineapple. Pineapple and grapefruit rind flavor with a slightly spicy finish. This is a very hop forward American Pale Ale but it still maintains enough balance that it doesn’t quite seem like and IPA. Nicely done. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2011
Golden-amber. Drops bright from the can. Very earthy, spicy nose. This beer is all Goldings so the nose is a bit different than what I might be used to. Earthy, with moderate bitterness. Light caramel malt and a clean American yeast character. Decent balanced approach. Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 RE-Rate fresh can best by may 2012-im going to bump up some things here-the nose is actually quite nice on this fresher sample-lots of grapefruit, somewhat catty, resin, and toasted carmel malt base. has some notes of fruit salad/fruitcake as well. flavors are lots of sweet citric hops, pine, resin with a long firm bitterness on the finish but also very floral at the same time. This is definately a step above the crappy sample i had a few months ago.
Can-I cant be somewhat dissapointed by this beer. I have had this beer on previous occasions and it seemed alot better than this example (and this is a fresh can). however, this one doesnt do much for me. pours deep copper almost mahogony hue with a small soapy white head around the rim of the glass. the head was not very good here. no lacing. nose is catty, metallic hops, pine, wood, and lightly sweet malt. flavors are pretty well balanced between piney herbal hops and carmel malt however, this one doesnt have the punch that im looking for in a pale. I just had a beer from a brewery in AZ that was very solid compared to this of the same style. Ska has the right idea here but they need to use some different hops and/or boil them for a different length. PorterPounder (8364) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Superior, Co - Superior Liquors - 12 oz can. Pours a dark copper with a sticky off-white head that leaves a light trail of lacing. Heavy hop-induced resiny aroma with a hint of cat urine. Flavor is bittersweet and full of grapefruit goodness. Some minty accents in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick tongue coating. Solid. nbondi (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Clear amber, thin off-white head. Malt, grapefruit, musty cherries...medium bodied with good carbonation. On the malty sweet side for a pale, but well-enough balanced. Nice.