VALIS (235) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 I’m happily out of step with the crowd on this one, I think this is a very solid beer. Cloudy burnt orange color, pungent hop aroma and nice bitter/sour taste without being overpowering. JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2013
I like this pale ale. I don’t mind the somewhat aggressive hops and find it to be a refreshing drink alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap in 2010. Didn’t expect too much but it was a good beer. Poured an amber color with a whitish head. Aroma of bread, fruit and a good dose of flowers. Flavor was grainy, caramel with some floral/fruity goodness at the end. I liked it. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Knotty hops ride high over a backbone of butterscotch malts. I remember their brown ale having this feature as well. Caramel amber color, a small amount of lace. Sharp bitter hop flavor, does not contrast with the low lying vanilla laced malts. Comes off as kind of soapy really. Body is what you gather from that. Could be better, although that zany fish seems pretty happy. johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and a fair amount of lace. The aroma is caramel bready biscuit and a fair amount of earthy citrus hops with enough butterscotch to remind me who makes it. The flavor is bready toffee and butterscotch with an aggressive hop bitterness but little flavor. There’s an off putting mineral mixed with wet cardboard oxidation going on here as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Welcome to yesterday’s APA. There’s an aggressive use of hops here for the style, but they are all bittering hops so you get that bite mixed with the signature flavor from the yard with the ships. Honestly with so many better beers out there why bother with this one?
mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
2012.09.27 - 12oz bottle. Drank straight from the bottle so I didn't get to observe much. This was a pretty yummy pale ale. For me, a good amount of hops. Nice and prominent on the front end then they melted I to the background. I am not a fan of super hoppy beers as a rule and this was a happy medium. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Nikki’s Liquors, Providence. Pours a clear orange color with a large foamy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal, floral hops and faint pale malts. The taste is citrus hops and pale, doughy malts. Thin-medium bodied. Decent. Capa (3435) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma has a decent amount of biscuit malts, grass, and light citrus. Medium bodied. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dough, grass, and light earthy hop. Lightly bitter finish. Decent. idedek (157) - USA - AUG 24, 2012
a light aroma with a mild piney hint. a very light bodied pale ale. a bit of bready flavor and hints of something odd that I can’t put my finger on. the finish is a little disappointing as it doesn’t have a nice hop finish that should be in a pale ale. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) amber with small white head. Caramel malt. Bit of hops in the finish.