TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 24, 2006
With a name like Chico Ale, you know this one is paying tribute to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and its a nice one at that. I sampled this one at the New Hope, PA location, and was very pleased. Pours to a deep golden, to light amber color, with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is very inviting on this beer, with good citrus and lemon hop aroma. The palate is firm with good pale and sweet malt flavor, along with a nice touch of estery fruit. This beer finishes with more good pale malt up front, then ends with a mild but pleasing citrus/lemon hop bitterness. Very well done example of American Pale Ale, and a nice tribute to the bench mark example, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A good pint after pinter at the bar, and a very food friendly beer as well. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2006
New Hope. Pours a nice medium amber, moslty clear and a lasting off white head. Aroma is citrusy, with light pine and orange notes and a crisp sweet malt backbone. Flavor is smooth and lightly sweet upfront but then the citrus hops finish off with a nice clean crisp bitterness. A bit more malt than expected, which held up nice against the fruity and citrus hops. Nice APA. obxdude10 (2367) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Great APA, light amber color, silky off-white head, great lacing down the glass, very floral nose with hints of citrus & orange, full-bodied, very drinkable, hoppy & fairly bitter flavor with a nice malt profile for balance, dry finish
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Draft at Philly. Clear orange with a large head. Aroma of pine and floral hops and a fair amount of caramel malt. Well balanced and drinkable! Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Excellent. Hit both Triumph Brewpubs today. Crazy trip. I was a little wary of the Chico at first but it didn’t disappoint.
JFGrind (2064) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
With a name like "Chico Ale" I knew it was a West Coast style APA. Strong cascade aroma, dark golden brown appearance. Triumph isn’t re-inventing the APA here, but serving up a tasty version of it. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Growler from New Hope. Warm orange-amber body with a fading, buffy head. Vibrant hop aroma with notes of pine, cinnamon, and resin plus some sweet toasty backing. Flavor is well-balanced with a woody, toasted edge and some crystal malt sweetness. Fresh, quaffable pale ale. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Tap @ Triumph Philly. Poured a clear copper color with a white head. Earthy and sweaty hops made up the aroma. The flavor had a caramel malt start then a fairly large amount of hops in the middle. The caramel came back at the finish along with a mild bitterness. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Light amber pour with a nice white head. The head stayed up pretty well. Smell had citrus, graitfruit and casade. A little weak in the aroma. Taste had a good graitfruit, citrus and caramel trio. Mouthfeel had mainly graitfruit but was not overly carbonated. Quite enjoyable and similar to Sierra Nevada. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Strong fruity esters are berry like and play well with the citrus hops in the aroma. Clear golden body is topped by a low but lasting, bright, white head that laces nicely. Moderately bitter up front with a light grainy malt note, some berrylike esters and leafy, herbal character. Light body with lively, crisp carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.