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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Hybrid US/UK pale ale.
With an abundance of hops and a sweet caramel backbone, this is a true session beer. A grassy, nutty and flavourful malt body is balanced by citrusy hops and a touch of spice. Clocking in at 34IBU’s, this beer is just bitter enough to keep the hopheads coming back without being crushingly dry or astringent.

Note: Also available dry hopped as Augusta Ale Extra Hoppy (AAXH).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3351) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
473 ml can from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass. Comparison of first canned batch to second (I think...).

App.: Clear bright amber with a fair white head; the older can may be a tad darker? Aroma: Earthy, biscuity, a touch fruity, a little peppery and resinous, a hint of caramel, a bit dusty, minerals, not much difference between batches. Palate: Medium body, fine, slightly prickly effervescence. Flav.: Like the nose, an interesting blend of British earthiness with peppery notes, some resin, a touch of fruitiness, a little biscuit (maybe), a touch of caramel, maybe a little citrus too; dry with pretty good bitterness and a reasonably nice, slightly fruity and peppery finish.

The initial canned batch was said to be disappointing compared to earlier, draught-only batches. The company promised to make it right. I don’t detect much difference between the two, assuming I have two batches in glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin (530) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
can. Gold colour, thin head. Aroma of tropical fruit and pineapple. Taste is mostly hops, a little out of balance, but fresh tasting. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Can. 5.5%. Pours medium-light amber with a frothy white head with average lacing and rather weak retention. grapefruit/citrus hops. malty. Above average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frothmeister (652) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
473ml can. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow/orange with an off-white head. Thin nose, mostly malt up front with some faint tropical fruit. Taste is slightly watery, very straw/grassy malt notes, faint citrus-vanilla-caramel, and metallic hop finish. I’m slightly confused by the high rating. Head scratcher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (6000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
bomber. pours almost clear medium dark amber with a decent off-white head, some retention/lacing. toasted and caramel malts, light green leafiness, some pine and citrus. relatively dry and short finish. average carbonation, medium body - oily. decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Can, pours a light copper, aroma is very earthy and taste so as well, overall it is quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
Canette 473ml. De couleur dorée et claire. Nez de grains de malt légèrement caramélisés, léger de houblon herbeux aux notes citriques et florales ainsi que des notes fruitées (agrumes) et de pain. Plutôt mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses et aqueuses. Légère amertume de houblon floral aux notes citriques (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) et accompagné de notes fruitées (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt avec un léger goût de caramel doux et des notes de pain puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend légèrement de l’ampleur en affichant un caractère plus herbeux et aux faibles notes asséchantes. Post-goût moyen et un peu sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et aux petites notes herbeuses avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (2293) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle. Clear pale copper with generous off white head that fades to a thin film. Mild aroma, grainy, some malt, clean mild hops. Moderate carbonation and light body, more sweet then anything else, some adjuct/corn notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
473 mL Can. Yellow-gold body with a thin white foamy head leaving lots of spotty lace. Resiny hops dominate in the aroma with notes of grapefruit rind and crystal malt, and a hint of pepper. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet malts and resiny "grapefruit rind" hops with subtle fruity notes of melon and citrus. Nice bitter almost peppery hop aftertaste tapering off to a light caramel finish. Bold, yet refreshing and not too imposing. This is some top-notch ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1681) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Cannette 473 ml. 5,5%. Couleur ambrée, mousse blanche, légèrement voilée. Arôme de sucre d’orge. En bouche, caramel, et houblon..malt. En bouche, malt crystal, herbes, houblon floral. Finale très légère amertume. Bonne Pale Ale.

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