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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This crisp, zesty American Pale is characterized by the sharp bitterness missing in many domestic pale ales. The clean finish and slight fruity notes help make our flagship brew a delightful treat.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is sweet grapefruit. This smells like an IPA more than there IPA actually does. Pours a transparent goldish-orange with a decent off-white head with fair retention. Okay lacing. Initial maltiness with some caramel followed by a light to below moderate citrus hop finish. Has a rather fruity taste to it as well. Very smooth and easy drinking. Light hop aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4441) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
A mid-range pale ale. Great appearance, gold color, a little haze, and big, white, rocky head. Mild aroma with hops and an acidic character. The hop presence in the flavor is deeper, some citrus, and mild bitterness balanced by malt flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2005
12 oz bottle. Giant clouds of gaseous yeast in permanent suspension throughout the amber body, topped by a thick white bubbly head...baked light fruits in teh nose, sweet and yeasty and atypical...juicy, pungent body, cinnamon-vanilla-caramel underlying the bright apricots and spicy hops...dry, just a tiny bit thin at the end, but excellent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4403) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Golden color with a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma. Not much malt to balance out the hops in the taste. It is quite bitter and dry. Not the best pale ale, but certainly above average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Draft at the Old Fashioned. Light filtered gold-yellow color. Earthy bitterness, but nothing that would phase a hophead. Tastes like a Flagship beer to me, middle of the road stuff. Well balanced, but lacks depth. Solid but subdued.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4058) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
I thot I tasted this before, but no-here goes. Looks like a mild hefe in the glass. A mild piercing hoppy floral aroma. Leathery medium hop dull bite, seems like less than 5 abv. Yes, side back of throat bitter thing happening as the session continues. On style for an apa, but sometimes I think this brew is trying to run up to the pack of eye pah.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours yellow / orange with a small whitish head. The aroma has lightly toasted malt, light plastic, odd fruitiness and nectar fruit. Medium / light crisp body with sharp carbonation. The beer begins with lightly toasted malt, a bit of paper and cardboard along with earthy and tree-like hops. The finish seems a bit oxidized. There is no date on the bottle to know the age. This was good, but hopefully I’ll be able to have this fresher at some point and rerate it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Hazy golden yellow with a medium quickly fading off-white head. Aroma of pale malts, earthy hops, light skunk, mild citrus and caramel. Taste of earthy hops, light caramel and some citrus. Mild bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stood out about the beer either way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 2006 bottle from The_Enemy, consumed on 6/8/06.
Deep orange-honey colored body is somewhat hazy, despite a careful pour. Plenty of sediment, bottle conditioned. Sweet. Tons of minute bubbles rise fiercely. Rocky, snow-white head is large, well-retained and laces very thoroughly.
Nose is a mix of Styrian Golding-like lilac notes and plenty of spicy lemon-grass notes. Just the barest hint of oranges and light grapefruit gives a slight edge. But the goldings continue to be quite juicy and up-front. Malt is very bare, with just a touch of honey graham crackers that are lightly sweet at best.
The flavor is near bone-dry, with plenty of lilac-notes and the hint of dry graham crackers seen in the nose. It adds complexity through lightly biscuity barley notes. Hop bitterness spreads forth from the initial surge of herbs and lemons (and lilacs) to really dry out the flavor (which is already quite dry), with very petal/plant-like bitterness (delicate), light lime rinds and a very lasting acid (light). Carbonation seems prickly, though not overdone. The prickliness really accentuates the hoppiness and keeps the pale malts from asserting themselves. No alcohol noted anywhere. Dry, but not watery or thin in the least. Insanely drinkable. As much as I love bone dry beers, it could benefit from a touch more honey softness and a little less acid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3884) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Aroma is citrus, a hint of pine and malts. The flavor is citrus, slightly sweet malts and a dry finish.


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