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Review by bakes on 04/23/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Pours hazy slightly reddish gold with a white head that fairly screams "hop help head retention" in its staying power. Aroma is like a tropical fruit salad - mango, pineapple, apricot, and maybe bitter grapefruit - that makes me think there's Amarillo in this one, with a toasted biscuit malt underneath. Aroma's very close to that of Pump Station Pale Ale, a long time staple.

Starts with a grassy, leafy hop hit over a firm underlying bitterness and faint biscuity maltiness, with lightly toasted notes. Hops pervade this one, bitter, grassy, leafy, mango, and bitter apricot; juicy keeps coming to mind as a descriptive term as it's positively mouthwatering. The malt's just a tiny bit reticent for my tastes, even as it warms, but it's such a drinkable brew. Slightly thin mouthfeel but that just adds to the drinkability.

If it were 100 degrees outside my rating would likely be a bit higher, as I can see this being a lethal hot weather session brew. The previous reviewer stated that this trumps Alpha King, and I absolutely agree. One that should be on every hop lover's short list of pale ales.

Thanks to decoman for the bottle! :thumbup:

Served In: Pint Glass