Boxing Cat Contender Extra Pale Ale
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Brewed by Boxing Cat Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Shanghai, China


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A Boxerís Choice Selection that is a lightly hopped Golden Ale that is fruity in character from the use of Mosaic hops. This beer was originally brewed for China Brew & Beverage 2012 in Beijing and our hop supplier; Yakima Chief. The bitterness of this beer is low but the hop aroma is medium as this beer was dry hopped near the end of fermentation with more Mosaic hops. The hops contribute floral and tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and passionfruit.

humlelala's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (1311) - - JAN 29, 2013
(on tap @ Mikkeller Bar) Served at around 5 degrees. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with medium white, seemingly receding head although itís hard to determine if itís the head or the fact that the beer is poured quite generously with only 3 mm of headspace in the glass. Nice lacework and decent regeneration. Itís no secret that this beer intrigued me for two reasons predominantly: Being from Shanghai and showcasing the first commercial harvest of the Mosaic hop that Iím aware of. So far it it would seem Iím not disappointed: Aroma is nicely hoppy. I get both floral and fruity impressions with notes of juicy (goose?)berries, and papaya and hints of something more pungent, NS-like tropical fruit. As it warms up I seem to detect more grainy and dusty hints with the pungent aroma becoming more dominant. The carbonation is quite lively with several bubbly strands visible in the glass with the resulting prickly feel on the tongue. However, the body seems to stand its own in this beer and I was not distracted. Texture is more watery than oily and the finish is definitely not as bitter as the aroma would lead one to think, which is a plus in my book making the beer highly drinkable, which seems like an important priority for an APA. Actually the taste and finish may be a bit on the sweet side and the beer feels rather filling about halfway through. Flavour follows the nose with the added impression of sweetness from the malt backbone. Very clean taste with the hops predominantly contributing fruity aromas. In that sense it resemble to me the Alpha King although as I recall it this one seems to have a heavier body. Very recommendable. Itís a given that if I found myself in Shanghai I would be extatic about having a beer like this available to me and itís quite pleasing in Copenhagen too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours extra pale yellow. Fizzy white head. Hoppy aroma with pine. Medium light texture. Clean finish. Very session able pale with good aroma and light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schnabelhund (75) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2015
Pours pale golden with a short-lived white head. The nose, wherein a muscat note is the most prominent component, is simple yet pleasant. The beer reveals more nuances on the palate, adding notes of pine, resin, citrus peel, and caramel to the mix. The texture is nice and smooth, but the carbonation is a tad too weak. Overall a simple brew. Not very exciting, but there is nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2014
The contender extra pale ale 4.9% has the least head of the taster set making it look like the poor cousin. A deeper gold than the helles. It does have a pretty darn nice citrusy/floral hop nose with a bit of stinky cheese funk. Light soft round carbonation & a smooth mouthfeel plus a tasty hoppy bit overturns the disappointing look. Delicious. Once warm it mellowed nicely. Ap 3 ar 8 t 8 p 4o 13-14 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuideDogSaint (1192) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 30, 2014
Draft at the west end of Fuxing road. Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. Floral aroma with mango and some malt, Short bitter sweet finish. Nice sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - MAR 10, 2014
Draft. Pours a hazy golden color. Aroma is grassy, fruity hops. Taste is a light citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2013
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 25,500. Draft. A hazy golden beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of lemons, elderflowers, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hops, elderflowers, lemons, and hay, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16989) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller bar. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are citrus, peach, grapefruit, hops and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2013
Slightly cloudy golden with a decent white, quickly receding white head. Aroma is very pleasant floral with fruity impressions of peach and light exotic fruits. Lively carbonation and a light body with an almost watery texture. Very fresh hoppy taste with a light grainy malty backbone. Very interesting minty note, that unfolds in the mouth with faint touches of grass, leading to a pleasant, hoppy but light light bitter finish. Extremely high drinkabillity. And then again - that minty note!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2013
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Cloudy yellow - white head. Dry hoppy bitterness. Grassy. Cactus. Light malty. Light exotic fruity. Light pineapple. Gunpowder notes. Nuce drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 30, 2013
Chopp. Hazy golden colour, small white head. Fresh hoppy fruity soft bit sweet aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is fresh and fruity flowery hoppy, bit sweetness to it, mild pleasant peachy touch in the finish. More Chinese brew of this standard, please!

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