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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
To everything there is a season – and a limited edition Fort George collaboration. The aromatic Tender Loving Empire NWPA quenches your springtime thirst for Oregon-made music, craft, community, and of course, beer. Like the end of a bright day, TLE Northwest Pale Ale glows with a tangerine hue, emanating harmonies of citrus fortified by notes of pine. It’s organically brewed in the Sunset Empire, a.k.a. Astoria, OR. Tender Loving Empire, our collaborator, synchronizes a well-known record label with a silk-screening studio and a handmade craft and music store in downtown Portland. Find out more about TLE and the "Wooden Sunset" artwork they created for the can you’re holding right now, at fortgeorgebrewery.com/tenderlovingempire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Big piney hop aroma. Medium bodied. Good hop character for a pale ale, but good balance. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Can. Lightly hazed golden amber with a fine white head. Tropical fruit / bubble gum esters / shallot / onion American high alpha acid hop aroma (Simcoe or Citra). Sweet and chewy and sticky; resinous and bitter; juicy and bitter. Medium to full body with somewhat low carbonation turning to a watery, thin finish. Bright and vibrant hop expression with sweet honey malt. Another well-made hop-driven beer from Fort George, though not exactly my cup of tea (the onion / garlic Simcoe notes especially), hence the score.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3863) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Beige-tan body with decent beige cream head. Fruity, leafy nose, with a swish of sweetness and grapefruity. This beer shifts a bit on the palate with the body leafy, but much more bittern than the aromas suggested. Dryish bitter leaf finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - APR 1, 2013
16oz can. Pours a hazy unfiltered darker golden with a bit of a orange tint, loose head white head. Sweeter caramel, piney citrus, but then there is this slight off putting faint vegital metallic twang, doughy biscuit malt. As it warms, the twang starts to fade a bit and more sugary sweetness shows. Fuller body feel. Doughy malt and citrus laced pine, fairly sweet throughout with a bitter astringent finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2013
Can... Poured cloudy, dense, murky orange with a thin, bubbly white head. Some suspended, floating yeast too. This was bitter, with dank resinous hops and some citrus too. Borderline astringent. Some esters and tropical fruits with a mild bready sweetness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Can - pours out cloudy copper with many suspended particles floating - appears to be yeast? Once you get past the visual, the nose is strong piney hop. Taste is big on hop with a bitter undertone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Can:   Dark dirty straw (at the end of the can), little frothy white head, spotty lacing.   Dull mealy and hoppy nose.   Faint and dank citrus peel and pith on the tongue.   Odd, on the tongue its dull, but I do think I get some Elmers Glue.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Mealy finish, pale hops, some straw and grass.   A tame Pale Ale, and thankfully that Elmers Glue was only minor.   Meh...

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