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Arizona Wilderness Estrella Pale Ale

Arizona Wilderness Estrella Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
American Pale Ale with Nugget, Cascade, and Mosaic hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2015
(Draught) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, caramel, toffee, and grapefruit. Flavor of orange, grass, pine, resiny, and caramel with a dry, bitter, cloying finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6485) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper orange with medium creamy off white head that lasts. The aroma is citrus and bready malt. Medium mouth, citrus, pine, light bitter finish, very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Smells like hops. Taste is pretty much all hops. Medium carbonation with some foam. I don’t like pales, so your mileage may (and probably will) vary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft sample at AWB. Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Draft. Orange amber beer with a cream head. Light grapefruit aroma. Light grapefruit and light malt flavor. Medium bodied. Light grapefruit and light malt lingers. Balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3509) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy bright copper with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like smooth creamy citrus, mellow grapefruit, nutty hops, dry toasted malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like caramel, citrus hops, nutty, grapefruit, light booze, toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4388) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Draft at brewery. Pours mostly clear, bright amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, caramel, light oats, floral notes, and some tropical fruit notes. Flavor is well balanced malt profile with smooth hop bitterness and the oats do a great job providing an extra bit of creamy mouthfeel with some hop bitterness lingering. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2014
On draft at the source. Orange / amber body with a small cap. Citrus and candied fruit aroma. Subtle floral and herbal qualities meld with caramel malt and bread characters. Light bodied and eat drinking. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5820) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of with light-moderate citrus, orange, lemon peel, and a hint of fruit. It’s a dark transparent amber with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin ring. There is some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a light-moderate citrus/orange with a hint of caramel. The finish has light grapefruit with a hint lemon peel and spice. It’s light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, a solid and refreshing Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Arrives from the tap with a mostly clear, red-amber color and is topped by a thin, light tan colored head. The aroma has a big hop fruitiness to it that has ample notes of ripe tangelo, lychee, a bit of guava, some candied kumquat zest, and just a bit, expressive jumble of tropical, citrus, and floral fruit character.

Fairly light bodied, but has enough heft to carry the ample hop character. The beer is actually subtly bittered, and quite a bit smoother than I was expecting from 50 IBUs; much of this is likely due to the prior beers I have had, but this is certainly a great example that IBUs and beer strength are linked, as the Lil Gye Rye was way more bitter tasting. Ample floral, fruity hop notes dominate the flavor profile here; ripe tangelo zest, almost candied peach notes (without being sweet), lychee and guava tropical notes, as well as a touch of dank, herbal character in the finish, as well as a bit of pine sap like spiciness that includes a bit of a peppery bite.

A really nice example of a Pale Ale; these guys are not afraid to use expressive, new world hops, which is really what I look for now a-days in this style of beer. The malt character really plays a supporting role here; there is easily enough that the hops are floral, fruity and tropical in both the nose and flavor, but not really noticeable, and certainly not dense. A beer I would be happy to quaff a whole lot of. I went into this thinking, ehh, its a Pale Ale, who cares, but it is really a beer that is nice from the get go, and grows on me the more I spend time with it.

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