BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2005
This is truly a stand-out APA--up there with Anchor Liberty APA and Stoudt’s APA. Medium bronze body with a hearty head and the wonderfully luscious floral hop aroma (Williamette & Cascade??) wafting easily from the glass and fending off the smoky bar atmosphere. Refreshing Cascade/Williamette hop flavor that strikes just the right malt balance and mouthfeel. Top notch. bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 26, 2005
I love this beer. It is bitter the way I like it while not overpowering with hops. The aroma is a little sweet with a good fruitiness. Apperance as good as any other pale ale, not anything special but nothing lacking. Very very smooth with a very nice aftertaste. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Thanks Sliffy for two bottle of this one. This is a very good IPA. I feel like the reason it is so highly rated is because it is considered an APA. Compared to other APAs this is extremely bold. As an IPA, it’s good, but not as outstanding. It reminds me of 60 min, SN Celebration and Harpoon IPA; all good beers. On the the notes: Smells like juicy grapefruit and pine needles. Flavor is surprisingly malty at first, with a good sweetness coming from the fruity hips. Powerful bitterness on the roof of the mouth in the finish. Very well balanced. A very good everyday beer. julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
One finger buttermilk/off white head with moderate carbonation, earthy straw color.
Nose primarily citrus (lemon) and yeastiness, with the hops surprisingly subdued.
Fresh, carbonated presence on the tongue with citrus and malt up front, hops bringing up the rear with residual bitterness in the aftertaste. Surprisingly hoppy considering the lack of same in the aroma. Pretty strong hop taste, probably edging closer to an IPA. Good all around balance.
Overall, an excellent American pale. A good medium choice between the weaker hops of a typical APA and the overwhelming (to some) hop bitterness of an IPA, making an ideal session beer. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 A good robust aroma of hops introduces this beer. The red oxide colored solution sits under a thick off-white head. This beer tingles the tongue as it enters the mouth. The taste is a full-bodied one offering the strong presence of hops intermingled with mild hints of yeast and citrus. There is a gentle sweetness that covers the bitterness as this beer pursues a path over the palate. (Try this beer from a cask--it is interesting to taste the transformation.)
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours a dark amber with a medium sized head. There is a lot of nice lacing. Aroma is of hops and citrus with some grapefruit. Flavor is very complex for this style. there is a lot of hop bitterness mixed with some sweetness from fruits. The finish is very smooth. My favorite APA. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2005
12 oz. bottle thanks to afterexile. Deep amber pour with a decent head. Aromas of fruit cocktail with extra citrus. Flavors of grapefruit and more hoppy citrus. Vanilla in the finish. Very good APA. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Very nice crisp taste with a citrusy, hoppy flavor. Excellent for a relatively easy to find pale ale (at least in Chicago). timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
wow this beer is awesome.......without a doubt this beer produced the best tasting burps that i have ever had...... GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Pours with a small off-white head with a little lacing on a dark orange body. Strong hoppy aroma with citric hops dominating. Good sweet-bitter hoppy flavor on a dry thick body.