APPEARANCE – Gold with off-white head and sticky lacing. Lazy bubbles drifting up from bottom of glass.
AROMA – Subtle orange zest, pine and perfume hop notes. Some bready malt aroma with a very slight caramel.
TASTE – Mild hop flavour overcome by pleasant hop bitterness. Long, pleasantly hop-infused aftertaste.
MOUTHFEEL – Thin mouthfeel that drops out quickly, making it quite sessionable. Very good level of carbonation that lends itself to improved hop qualities, and scrubbing of the palate.
OVERALL – A great example of a pale ale. A beer that is aromatic, flavourful, and bitter, but also one that is heavy on hops and light on malt — which, really, has been what the hop-maddened crowd has demanded for years. I would, however, personally enjoy a tad more malt backbone to carry the hops.