Shastafarian has muscle, but nonetheless falls on the petite side of robust. Pouring deep amber with a large, khaki head, it emits an aroma akin to a pale ale. Fruity ale yeast and musty hops scents knead together pleasantly, but without deep, roasted girth there isn’t much bass in the bouquet. Caramel sweetness nudges the tongue, then dissolves quickly into a short-lived roasted barley flavor. Smooth, bittersweet chocolate, peppered with West Coast hop notes, emerge before aggressive bitterness grips the palate. Shastafarian eddies through the mouth with ease, but giving the beautiful malt and hop flavors more voice would better balance the bitter kick.