FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerbaaron (862) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at brewpub. Dark rubbish orange amber. Medium, creamy off-white hear, fairly lasting. Aromatic and inviting. Hoppy. Clean. Flavorful and delicious. Great balance all around. Medium body. Creamy, crisp, and supremely drinkable. Great stuff!
RobertDale (2849) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a clear copper with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt and citrus. Taste is caramel malt, orange, other citrus fruit, and spice. Very nice APA.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear amber with a small, off-white head.
Caramel malt aroma, tangy orange.
Flavour is caramel with a steady, leafy bitter.
Well done, sessionable.
Thanks for the hand-me-down chain via ibrew2or3, Shrubber85....
queenholly (2568) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of Ibrew2or3 via shrubber85. Earthy, slightly funky hop and caramel malt aroma. Clear copper with a moderate off-white head. Toasty caramel malt, subdued earthy hops, and citrus peel flavor. Medium body and carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quaffed some of the 2nd batch of this at the brewpub (that has been tweaked compared to batch 1) where it exhibited a clear pure copper body that supports a white head that leaves behind sheet lacing. The aroma offers up a mix of woody spicy hops as well as citrus and then faint maltiness. The taste starts with a pleasing mouthfeel and brings about a nice mix of spicy woody hops and various citrus hop notes. The body stays assertive without being heavy and sluggish creating a nice sessionable experience. Solid frikin’ Pale.
shrubber85 (6804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (thanks Ibrew2or3). Caramel orange malt and earthy hay aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and mildly bitter straw flavor. Nice, easy drinking beer.
DesertDevil (423) - Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 On draft at the brewery. Pours a copperish-orange with a craggy head and heavy lacing. Nice citrus aroma (grapefruit is the most prominent note) with pungent aromatic hops. A pleasant grassy bitterness and a sweet orange tone lend a nice balance without either flavor overpowering the other. Extremely clean finish. These guys are absolutely dialed in when it comes to session ales; I could happily drink this or the Little Guy Rye all day long (and I rarely have two of the same beer in one sitting).
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the pub. Golden color with a sticky white head. Nice citrus hop nose with lots of orange. Hoppy flavor with lots of orange rind and apricot. Sturdy malt backbone. Long bitter grapefruit finish. Nice pale ale.
kcorum10 (300) - Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper color with nice medium head. Aromas of sweet malts and balanced hops. This is what I think a pale ale should be like. This is even better than Sierra Nevada’s!