Backcountry Pale Ale (Telemark IPA)
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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2008
Intense honey pine nose. Hazy orange, small head. Diluted caramel sweetness, with honey. Nice soft, yet pronounced hops flavor. Good carbonation, medium body, finish is long, ends with toasted biscuits. Solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Draft at the brewpub in Frisco on 3/24/2008. Medium off white head on that showed good duration and lace over a clear orange body. Nice IPA aroma of citrus and pine with some floral character over a backdrop of light caramel. Resinous mouthfeel complements a medium body and carbonation. Good caramel malt base supports the substantial hop presence and a ling, piney and bitter finish. Certainly a west coast type of IPA, and a worthy effort. I wouldn’t recommend leaving this place without having one of these at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
28 Feb 08, 22oz bottle
Med amber, lt off white head, slight haze, 3
intense citusry, piney hop aroma, w/ carmelly notes in teh back, 8
Thin flavor, but malt-toast, carmel is there. Hop character is there but not impressive. 6
lt body, lt carb, 3
I was impressed until I tasted it. Smells inviting, but the flavor left me less than impressed. It’s not bad, but I just wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be based on the aroma. 13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 5, 2008
Very surprising and enjoyable beer. Had on tap in Beaver Creek. Quite an impressive grapefruit, floral, wildflower fragrance and taste. Didn’t have the typical bitter IPA feel. Went well with the cold evening.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Tap from a Party Pig. Copper color with dense white head. Hoppy/musty aroma. Medium body. Crisp. The grapefruit is definitely present. Quick finish, metallic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
paulsonpatch (1) - Falcon, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2008 does not count
My all time favorite brew!! Love the extreme hoppiness, without the bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1554) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle purchased from brewery in August 2007. Sampled Dec 2007. Poured light gold with a small, vanishing head. Nose of dry hops (?). Taste doesn’t have the hop profile as the nose would have it. Tastes fades on the end and the body is thinnish. No malt profile. Not nearly as good as on tap at the brewery. Update 8/09. Draft in Breckenridge. Nice aromatic floral nose. Balanced. Smooth body. Quite better than the previous bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is a fresh hop scent with faint malt tones. Color is gold with ok carbonation and a thin but tight head. Taste is a mild malt flavor backed by a fresh hop flavor and a nice mild bitterness. After taste is dry yet clean. Its a good IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
on tap-pours a thin off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is nice citrus (cascade) hops, secondary malt. Taste is nice sweet grapefruit/citrus (cascade) hops-some bitterness/pine, secondary malt. OK/mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2007
22oz bomber-A medium clear amber body with a small head and an aroma of hops, grapefruit, and some slight pine. Taste of the same but pretty light. Not bad.

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