Crown Valley Serrano Sidekick APA
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Spicy with light earth tones and a very slight roasty character; overall light mouth feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2014
(Wolpertinger 2014) gold/amber with white head. Aroma is light herbal hops. Flavor is vegatable matter, some malt, hint of peppers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4478) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bomber from TWCP. A little haze in the golden beer and an off white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma brings primarily peppers. First sip is the serrano pepper and sourness. As well as the serrano there is black pepper that is tasted.I do taste some malts. I bought a couple of these to trade and am hope they like pepper beers more than I do.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one finger off-white head. Decent head retention and ok lacing. The aroma is straight up hot sauce. Reminds me of that hot sauce in the clear bottle with all of the tiny peppers floating in it. I really don’t pick up on much else as the smell is quite strong. The taste is not any better. It is really like drinking a bottle of hot sauce. Any other nuances in there are buried by the sauce. Bitterness is light as is the mouthfeel. No way I can choke this down and my drain gets to drink it. I don’t mind some chili beers but there has to be a balance there. This is just awful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5028) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by phaleslu. Labeled 6.5%, 63 IBU. Orange amber color, totally hazy. Thin off-white head. Medium to bigger body. Smoother, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Good, citrusy, apricot, tropical hop aroma. Light caramel, some biscuit. Peppers are subtle, but noticeable when looked for. Pepper comes out more in the finish. very nice - subtle, but nice. Good pepper pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle via in-person STL trade. Pours a hazy gold color with a big, fizzy white head that settles quickly. The gold clears up a bit, too. The aroma is a vegetal, spicy green pepper with some balancing pale malts. The flavor is a bit less peppery, but still vegetal. Also some pale malts and grass and straw. Light-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a vegetal, lightly spicy mouthfeel. Pepper beers are compulsory for Missouri brewers, I suppose. I probably won’t go for this one again, as much as I like Crown Valley overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (899) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2013
The aroma of this beer mixes a strong floral hop aroma with a hint of peppers, and the appearance combines a hazy orangeish golden color with a large white head that fades fairly quickly. The taste has a nice heat to it that doesn’t really burn, which is combined with a mild sourness, and the palate fuses an average carbonation, slick texture, medium body, and a pepper finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Neck-choking pungency in this APA. Not well-balanced. Sampled at the 2013 OBF, and did not revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2087) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2013
It poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of peppers and maltiness. It had a light to medium body The taste was of hops, roasted malts and subtle peppers. The finish was hoppy with a short peppery burn. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle pours murky orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt, and some piney hop. Flavor is starts sweet malt then goes earthy. A little peppery spice and earthy hop bitterness lingers through the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3609) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at the Schlafly Fresh Hop fest. - Pours clear amber with a tan soapy head. The aroma has pepper meat and light spice. There is a light spicy hop note and the malt doesn’t really hit much on the aroma. Medium / light body with spritzy carbonation. The flavor starts with a nice mix of toasty malt, dry caramel, spicy/meat serranos and spicy/earthy hops. The finish has more hoppiness that is quite earthy. I thought this was a nice infusion of peppers into an APA.

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