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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1131) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2015
Rating 1124 08.06.2014 - Consumed straight from bomber in a park SE of the Underground after #yegbeerfest. Golden amber pour with a creamy white head that bubbles away quickly. Hops very fragrant with mild citrus in the aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium carbonation, and bitter hops on the finish - but not overpowering, very balanced. Delicious.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2013) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
Can - cloudy amber with slim off-white head. Malty, slightly sour, spicy hop aroma. Spicey, hoppy, earthy taste, quite dry. Light body, moderate carbonation. Bitter finish. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (2804) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Can from Haggen. Deep amber in color. Quite hazy. Dry bready nose. Some spicy hops in the nose. Biscuit up front with a spicy grapefruit hop character. Somewhat dry and a little earthy. Nice balance of hops and maltiness. Pretty quaffable pale ale.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (17924) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2015
22nd June 2015
Can. Hazy orange - amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light, dry and crispy. Dry pale malts, grainy feel. Dry and bitter floralness. Mild pithy citrus. Dry and bitter finish. Over dry and messy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (1305) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2015
0,33l blik bij bar douw. Amberkleurig met een minimale crŤme schuimkraag. Geur is tropisch fruit. Smaak is een beetje waterig met tropisch fruit in de afdronk wat zoute drop. Body is wat mager.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - JUN 2, 2015
22oz bottle at The Bayou
Pours slightly cloudy amber with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is malty, floral and dusty. Taste is grassy, caramel, grapefruit and pine needles
Ok

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5320) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
35cl Can from Sterk. Hazy amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of toast, rye, grass, malts, light pine, citrus, fruits. Flavour is light roasted malts, toast, rye, grass, pine, light spicy, citrus, bitter finish. Light bodied. OK stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1879) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
Aroma of biscuity malt, some caramel, earthy hops. Flavour is moderate sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Not much in the way of fruits, more of an earthy malty aroma. Carbonation is rather high. Iíd say this is average at best, I like my APA a lot more fruity. Taking into account that I had an old bottle (well over a year old), I wouldnít mind trying a fresher specimen one day.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bpreo (2018) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Another nice Pacific Northwest style American Pale Ale. One in a million, but still good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (3136) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
(Alameda Klickitat Pale Ale) Can 355 l at home, served into a shaker, ABV 5.3% Deep orange to light amber colour on the body, small off-white head, with good density and retention, leaving light lacilng behind. Aroma of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple. Malty taste, some grass, faint hops, less fruity than the aroma suggested, light hay. Finishes with a light bitterness that seems to build up. Medium thin body, good carbonation. Okay, nothing to write home about.


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