90 Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Brewing Co. (MO). 5.6% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant new copper penny color. Aromas of honeyed orange peel, barnyard haystack and toasted baguette follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium body with earthy nut, orange, mineral and pepper accents on the crisp, Czech pilsner-like fade. Clean and precise with a solid earth hop and nutty malt character.
90 Triple XB (XXXB) Classic Pale Ale, Batemans (England). 5% ABV (2/09)
Deep brilliant copper color with a taupe head. Mild aromas of dried cherries and peaches, dusty roasted nuts, toffee follow through on a supple frothy entry to a dryish medium body with nut skin, slate and mineral notes. Finishes with a crisp, refreshing and balanced fade.
90 Helios Pale Ale, Upland Brewing (IN). 4.9% ABV (3/11)
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasty apricot custard pastry and praline aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, clean melon sherbet and grassy, frisée-like hop finish. A really nice session ale.
89 Meantime London Pale Ale, Meantime Brewing Co. (England). 4.3% ABV (3/11)
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach soufflé and praline aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy watercress, water chestnut and grassy earth-accented finish. A very traditional, earthy, session ale.
88 Anglers Pale Ale, Uinta Brewing Co. (UT). 5.8% ABV (3/09)
Rich amber color. Praline, dried peach and grapefruit aromas follow through on a soft, round entry to a dry medium body with toasty brioche notes and a mellow earthy hop fade. A nice, even, session beer that will cover a lot of bases.
88 Pike Pale Ale, Pike Brewing Co. (WA). 5% ABV (3/10)
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered roasted nuts, honeyed whole grain bread and faint soy follow through on a round, silky entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and an earthy, mineral, cocoa and dried citrus-accented fade. A nice food beer.
88 Samuel Adams Pale Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 5.3% ABV (3/11)
Bright golden amber color. Peach marmalade on raisin toast and lemon butter cream aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hint of tortilla on the earthy finish. Nicely drinkable.
87 Kentucky Ale, Alltech Lexington Brewing (KY). 5.5% ABV (3/11)
Deep amber color. Creamy coconut custard and fig nut bread with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed zucchini and peppery radish-like hop finish. A nice easy drinking ale.
86 Lancaster Blonde, Lancaster Brewery (England). 4.1% ABV (3/10)
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted corn and salty root vegetables follow through on a round entry to a dry medium body with cracker-like malt and a chalky, grassy hop finish with good astringency.