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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
With an appealing amber color, this brew has a perfect balance of caramel malt and spicy hop flavors. The Munich malt in this recipe lends a rich mouth feel, while generous additions of Pacific-Northwest hops complete the balance. Try a pint of Pale with the Salmon Gyros, Falafel or Alameda Dip.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/7/13. Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesnít fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesnít look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head. S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. Itís heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well. T: By gawd, smakawhat wasnít kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, thereís even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I donít know at all. Iíll give it some credit - it drinks like itís bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like itís bigger than 5%. M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. Itís a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - itís too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesnít fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didnít get in the way of the flavor profile. O: Not sure how itís called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just donít expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (838) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2016
ABV 5.0%. 65cl bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam and poured into a snifter glass at home on 22-Oct-2016. Hazy reddish amber colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, summer fruit and pine. Light to medium body and heavily carbonated. Taste of caramel malt, melon, peach and citrus. Light fruity sweetness, and slightly tart. Medium hopped and bitter - great lacing. Pretty nice APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinivini (1336) - BELARUS - OCT 13, 2016
Can. Huge dense head. Nectary malts, melon, tropical fruit on nose. Light to medium body. Dry hoppy taste. Fruity. Grapefruit. Medium bitter. Decent APA.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (1015) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016

Slight aroma of malts, caramel, fruit and hops.

Turbid/opaque amber/orange beer with a slight/medium off-white/beige head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with hops.

This beer is rather intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. Sweet and malty with a slight fruit flavour, but that is all it has. Looks good, is decent overall but lacks anything having to do with aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016
355 ml. can with no date at home. Hazy orange amber, big milky tanned head. Nose is sweet yoghurt yeast, strange oily yoghurt pine hop, vegetable hop & flower hop. Taste is oily, caramel toffee with odd herbal bitterness, bitter roots, nuts, creamy milky bodied, toffee. Lingering bitter roots. Passeable for sure, stand everyday beer, milky nature helps it there issome toffee & biscuit. Bitterness is a bit odd, milky character is a tad too high.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (6436) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 16, 2016
354ml can (random place, Czech). Hazy amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Sweet, caramel, fruity and american in aroma. Nutty, caramel, fruity and some citrus in taste. Happens.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14155) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 16, 2016
super 354ml can (?, Czechia)
Huge sweet malty aroma, heavy caramel. Nice deep orange, brief head. Palate is unfortunatley both sweet and sticky,and also harshly bitter. Pretty sticky mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2589) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 31, 2016
Bottle. Orange color, white foam. Aroma: citrus, tropical fruits and nectar, sweet Taste: fresh, malt, honeydew, citrus, raspberry, pleasant mild bitterness, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wekker84 (2200) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle a dark golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits spicy and hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy and a bitter hoppy aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruigo (2396) - PORTUGAL - AUG 8, 2016
33cl can. Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. Caramel, toffee and light liquorice in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is sweet at start with caramel notes and more bitter towards the end. Overall, nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mithe (1554) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 22, 2016
(can 0,33l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Strong malty, toasty, caramel, sweet, later light fruity.
Appearance: Hazy dark golden color. Minimal, off-white head.
Taste: Medium sweet, malty, caramel, medium bitter, some neutral hops.
Palate: Medium body. Bitter finish.
Overall: Interesting. Malty ale.

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