Backcountry Pale Ale (Telemark IPA)
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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Formerly known as Telemark IPA. Our GABF Gold Medal Winner has a very characteristic copper color from a blend of lightly kilned malts coupled with distinctive bitterness and flavor from Washington state‘s finest hops. This brew is a true Representation of a British Classic! We’ve changed the classification from an IPA to a Pale Ale because of the evolving hop profiles. When this recipe was originally created in 1996, it was an IPA, but now fits better in the Pale Ale category. The name has changed, but it is still the same great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Pours a light, clear burnt orange appearance with a creamy orange colored head. Piney hops in the nose. Piney, bushy hop flavored body with a palish amber malted body. Some bitterness and hops on the finish and aftertaste but not much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Atom (1913) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bomber pours amber/orange in color with off-white head. Aroma is really nice pine and spruce, grapefruit, and floral. Taste has a lot of hop, slight sweet into a bitter finish. For the most part a pretty standard IPA but it really has a wonderful nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gururyan (674) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Nice brew over nice conversation at the brewery/restaurant. I ended up making this my beer of choice for the entire weekend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (8859) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle thanks to popkas. Poured a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a clear musty pine note with a bit of underlying hay. Flavor had the same musty pine note that was a little off putting with a slight grain finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - AUG 5, 2010
22 oz. bomber purchased at the Liquor store on Summit Drive in Frisco, Colorado (Antler’s). Pour is dark golden, copper with a two inch well formed white head. Head is quite lasting, and falls with nice lace. Aroma was immediate bitterness of pine and floral, though the hop is a bit muted, and is melded nicely with a caramel toasted malt. Nice balance for an IPA, reminds me of more of a British IPA. Taste is the nose, though a bit less clean - balance of caramel toasted malt, along with the pine and floral hops. Finish is dry and bitter. Palate is medium bodied, a bit oily, and a nice bitter after taste. Nice enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Tap @ Backcountry. Light amber with an off white head. Big citrus, pine resin and floral hop aroma, wow, really nice. Medium bitterness with typical malt sweetness and lots of hop flavor. Medium body with active carbonation and a fairly dry finish, just a touch of residual sweetness. I was really surprised to find such a great fresh IPA here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Pours gold with a nice, white head. Smells of dry malt, perfumy, citrussy. Tastes crisp and dry with some grassy elements and a light, citrussy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
The aroma is hoppy and the taste is bitter. The color is a dark brown, maybe with a little bit of red tint to it. Pretty smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Backcountry Brewery--Telemark I.P.A.--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--60 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection January, 2007. Mild lacy head. Flecked hazy rich bright amber orange color. Big floral Cascade hop front. Thin crisp refreshing mild caramel sweet piney grapefruit ester body. Clean watery refreshing hop end. Sampled 5/1/2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (5216) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2010
22 oz thanks to Seth. Very nice aroma of citrus and pine. Some grapefruit. Malty sweet notes. This was a surprisingly nice iPA. Very enjoyable.

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