OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet. Pine, tangerine & orange, grassy & herbal. Clean orange copper color, small head, ok lacing. Bittersweet flavors. Like aroma, but the citrus takes on a little more of a grapefruit/lemon thing. Medium body, lite creamy/oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet kind of sticky finish. Nice easy to drink APA. My kind of lawnmower beer. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
2005 bottle, big thanks to Shadey for the bonus! Consumed on 12/27/2005. Pours a glassy amber-brass, clear and filtered with a fleeting white head that sits at a light cover and eventually recedes to ring. Signature Southern Tier hops blend in the aroma, cascades and centennials being quite distinct, giving it a grapefruity, and lightly floral element, while there is a touch of fruitiness and green leafy fuzziness. Light papery crystal malt hardness in the nose, with a touch of light biscuits. Flavor is quite hoppy, moderately acidic and drying, though lightly fruity as it warms, with an herbal note to it as well (dill and wintergreen mixed). Hard crystal malts, exacerbated by lots of filtration and artificial carbonation. Light toasted grains, more in texture than in real flavor. Very low malt sweetness, mostly attenuated and no alcohol apparency. Flawless and well-made, but I can’t get through the lack of comforting malts. Just too dry, papery and grainy. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
12 oz bottle: Light amber w/a thin off white head that shrinks quickly. Lighty floral and piney hops, becomes grassy & herbal as it warms. Toasty malt and some slightly plum fruity esters. Well balanced, a bit bitter up front and hints of plum fruit. A medium toasty malt w/ a semi sweet finish and herbal hop aftertaste. Lower medium carbonation, lighter body, and smooth. Nice thirst quencher and flavorful for a lighter beer. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Mostly clear amber pour with a medium off white head. Floral hop aroma with malt notes also. Resinous hop aroma. Lots of old lady perfume from the hops on the palate. Sweet, thinnish mouthfeel. Not a lot of complexity, mild hop presence except for the perfume...kinda making me ill...unimpressive finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Light amber-orange. Smelled like alcohol and oranges. Rather sweet (sugar water and light caramel) malt base. Delicate notes of fruit (pear and apricots). Gentle, flowery bitterness added a nice contrast. Pleasant beer.
Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly malty (toasted grain). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Extraordinary? Nope. Decent for the style, though. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
No head, clear golden. Malty, sweet aroma. Taste is bitter grains, slightly buttery toasted malts. Finish is very clean, just a slight hint of bitter grains. Needs more hops IMHO. growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
12 oz bottle. Deep gold, slight haze. Slight wispy white head. Some pine, citrus and green tea in the nose. Nice slightly bitter taste with just the right amount of hops. Excellent balance. Slightly dry finish. Damn good beer!!! frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Crystal clear golden brown body beneath a dense foamy white head. Grapefuit and lemon highlight the aroma. Starts crisp, with some grapefruit and orange zest flavors. Very slight toffee like malts sit in the background. Another solid southern tier beer. lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Pours a transparent copper color with almost no head. Nose is hoppy citrus and pine with a dash of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel as well as body definitely on the light, thin side. Flavor is very nice with hop tartness (I swear I taste blackberry in there, but may be over-enthusiastic) followed by a smoothing-out sweetness that displays the tremednous balance of this pale ale. Really quite enjoyable, just wish it were a more robust body.