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Falls Hot Tail Ale

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.33/5   ABV: -
Falls Hot Tail Ale would be respected on the streets of 19th century England. Maybe. Traditional in all respects. The warm copper color is the result of our use of pale malted barley, with small additions of caramel and biscuit malt. Falls Pale uses lower hopping rates than the American West Coast cousin to the English Pale. The result is what we consider a more widely accepted beverage. Only English hops are acceptable. A creamy tan, long lasting head rests atop. A great brew to drink while watching the Badgers trounce Ohio State. Also great with a burger and fries.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle from Rileyís in Madison. Poured a clear bright golden with a light layer of white head (receded to a thin ring after a couple minutes). Aroma of floral hops, brushed metal, and some sorta sweetness. There was an odd sourness about the aroma. Sour on the palate upfront, across the tongue, and at the finish... with some English bitterness at the finish. Caramel and honey sweetness formed a rather residual backbone. Finish of sour light fruits and floral bitterness. I kinda doubt that this held up as intended in the bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Not very good at all. Caramel and malt aroma, but it isnít very pleasant. Flavor has minimal malt and some metal. Almost no carbonation and very light hops, almost like a gruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
After trying the Dirty Blonde brew from Falls Brewing, I was a little hessitant to try this one. Oh well, here goes nothing... Pours a hazy amber brew with an off white head. Aroma is orange peel in abundance. A very moist malty scent with a touch of spice. Taste is highly carbonated, some sourness and a bit flat. Finish is quite tart. Címon guys! Add some hops to this. I could just see an advertisement with that old lady from Wendyís TV commercials featuring her at some tavern bar counter, grabbing the bartenderís collar and shouting, "Whereís the HOPS?"

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Lightly hazed light copper color. Stable thick taupe head that has lots of lace. Sour dough and herbal/weed laden aromas. Some cookie dough in the background. If I didnít know this was from Wisconsin, Iíd would have guessed Denmark. Initial sip helps relieve the fear after the aromas. Dry biscuits and mild herbal jam flavors. Has a mild sour/tart finish that Iím not sure is intended, but in some ways keeps it quite quenching. Interesting brew, in that Iím not sure the sourness is intended, but it work with me. I fear this will increase with age and make the bottle less than palatable. So if you find it now, donít wait for the next UW vs.The OSU game.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Looks fine, a clear copper body with a modest off-white head. The aroma is stale malt with an off sourness and some lemon zest. All continues through the flavor all the way to its odd metallic finish. No more, thank you.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2010
I believe this is courtesy of Skyview... Copper color with a medium head. Fairly malty and biscuity aroma with a hint of apple. Dry, grainy flavor. Apple a little more noticeable. After a few more sips, tangy metallic funk.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2008
12 ounce bottle purchased, hmmm, summer 2007 perhaps? somewhere in Packerland....sampled from a Coors Banquet glass rather cold. Huge head gushes forth, filling 5/6 of the tapered glass, falling quickly leaving little trace of its presence, and revealing a very clear whisky-gold body....the nose is faintly bready/grassy, with a touch of butterscotch, possibly diacetyl but not strong enough to really impact the dull but acceptable aroma....body is alas terribly watery, somewhat acidic/cidery, a bit like a mix of old 7-Up and aged cola in a 70-30 ratio, rather flat and oxidized. I had one other beer from these guys earlier this year (perhaps to be rated here someday) that was vastly better, though still nothing amazing; can’t say this brewery seemed likely to last, based on all the marks it’s gotten. Nice labels though!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Gusher. Amber with a large slowly dissipating tan frothy head. Aroma of malt, grain, must and caramel. Taste is sour and astringent with pale malts and dust to help "balance" it out. Best thing about this beer was cracking the top 10 in the ESPN streak for the cash at 17 wins.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Headbanger (3851) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2007
12oz bottle- Light amber body with a small off white head and an aroma of hops, grapefruit, and a little malt and caramel. Taste of malt, hops, then the same funkiness as the blonde. Canít describe that taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2007
6/07/2007: Hot Tail English Style Pale Ale pours a dark, honey-amber color and is slightly hazy. There isnít any lasting head or crown (the initial foamy beige/ivory head disappears nearly before the entire beer has been poured into the glass!). The aroma is malty (some caramel) with a faint citrus presence. The flavor starts out as a nice, mild English Pale Ale with a nice balance of malt and light hops and bitterness, but then it quickly turns sour. It has a really strange yeasty sourness and nasty bitterness that really comes out in the finish. Not so good! Medium-light body; a bit too carbonated. Unfortunately, about the only good thing this beer has going for it is its label!

12 oz bottle from buckybeer. Thanks Mark!

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