pintbypint (3578) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
12 fl oz brown bottle, courtesy of heemer77. Brassy orange pour, full head of cream white head. Resiny, raw hop aroma. Bitter hops coat the tounge, but there is some detectable malt sweetness. Lingering hop finish. brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Solid balanced taste with more of a bitter finish than most APAs - closer to a IPA I think. Hoppy throughout. Highest rated APA? I’d suggest Great Lakes Burning River or Sierra Nevada Pale or their Harvest Ale. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Bottle poured the hazy color of a new, copper penny with a frothy, ecru head that left some nice lacing. Strong aromas in both malt and hops; citrus up front with a caramel background. Good hop-bitterness in the flavor, albeit one-dimensional, with a bitter finish and dry texture.
rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
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Copper/amber color, off white head. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit. Hoppy flavor, with some orange. Strong hoppy bitterness in the finish. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Appearance: Deep hazy copper with a creamy dense tan head. Lacy.
Smell: Citrusy hops, floral and sweet
Taste: Bitter and tart citrus. Smooth lightly sweet malt. Floral.
Mouth: Long hoppy finish, medium bodied.
Drink: Tasty and quite drinkable.
Overall: A bit unbalanced for a pale ale but it does have character. The malt profile could be more steadfast and while it is nicely hopped it doesn’t have much to complement it. All in all though a good brew.
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
I poured it in and witnessed a lot of carbonation but the foam was short lived. It has a very hoppy aroma of a coppery nature. It is very well rounded as far as taste-it leaves a bitter impression on my tongue and throat but relaxes my senses through its intermingling of hops and malts. This is definately what one wants from a bitter. I’m not sure the extra alcohol content is necessary to accentuate the taste though. But this is definately a top notch pale ale which I’d buy a six pack of anyday. This is one of those beers that you know are good because you see how quickly it goes! richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2005
pours a slighly cloudy rust colored brown, with a creamy white head that fades down to a light layer of lacing. aroma is very strong with floral hops and some citrus elements as well. very strong hop flavor coming at the start, a smooth, slightly caramel backbone leads down to a huge hop tail with a nice amount of bitterness that gets your attention, but doesnt pucker your face shut, a very nice balance. the bitterness of the tail lingers for quite awhile. a nice amount of body for such a hoppy brew. tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 Amber with and off white head. Fair retention. Minimal haze. I get some bold citrus (orange or tangerine) hops and rich breadyness for malt in the nose.
Very full flavor. Again citrus hops and robust breadiness from the malt. Maybe some caramel. Moderate body. Not a lot of ligering flavor.
Rerate 8/21/05. I am now ratinge this based on Alpha King as an APA vice and IPA. This is by far the best American Pale Ale on the market. liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2005
bottle. wow. dark amber color, nice creamy head. very smooth, nice hoppy flavor. great finish. wish i had more right now. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Aubernish amber with a medium white head, slightly rocky. Crisp amarillo hop aroma with a malty sweet undertone. Citrusy hop nose, becomes slightly sweet with malt flavors. Dries out quckly to finish with a spritely hop crispness. Very sessionable, even if a tad alcoholic.