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Free State Copperhead Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This flavorful beer is made in the style of the India Pale Ale Style originally manufactured in Great Britain for their colonies in India, but with an American twist. The harsh travel that the beer had to survive required a strong, hoppy beer. The Hops and the high level of alcohol helped buffer the beer through its long travels. Made with flavorful and full bodied Pale Ale malt combined with a touch of caravienne for color and carapils for body, the rich flavor of this beer is matched and enhanced by a very generous portion of Centennial and Cascade hops. The Cascades give this beer its distinctive floral aroma and a uniquely American character.
O.G. - 14.5/1058. Hops - 48.5 IBUs.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
As malty an IPA as you’ll find. This beer is defined by its bready backing more than its hop finish, which is understated.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
On tap @ Flying Saucer St. Louis. Copper/orange pour with a white head. Caramel, pine, and grassy hops on the nose. Slightly herbal, lots of bread, and toasted malt as well. Flavor of grass, herbs, and piney, woody hops. Fairly bitter, but also a heavy caramel malt sweetness. Quite a bit of toast and mild apple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1804) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Draft. Pour is a very clear copper color with small white head that laces well on the glass. Moderate bread and crust malt aroma with some grassiness. Citrus hop up front with a tropical flavor to it and some underlying citrus. Drying clean finish. Very sessionable and dangerously drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EtTuCthulhu (1004) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2014
This beer pours a clear darkish orange with a small white head that fades somewhat quickly, and the aroma blends slightly nutty malts with resin and grassy hops. The taste is mildly bitter with grassy hop flavor, which is balanced out by a slight sourness; the palate fuses a medium body, soft carbonation, slightly sticky texture, and a grassy finish that is only a little bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
[Bottle] Amber in color, with a quickly receding fizzy foam head. Moderately hoppy aroma also features a decent malt backbone. Caramel sweetness and an average amount of floral hoppiness in the taste. Lingering malty sweetness is more dominant than the hop flavors. More of a hoppy amber ale in my mind. Tasting notes from 11/2011.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash_the_dog (141) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2014
Just a really solid classic microbrew IPA. Citrus and pine nose with a crisp flavor that just tastes like "beer". ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
tap. amber copper with small head. medium malt body with moderate hops. solid but unexceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1151) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Clear, copper pour with an off-white head. It has an floral and light pine hop aroma with a touch of caramel. The medium body has a slightly oily texture with lively carbonation. The bittersweet taste builds to a more bitter finish that slowly melts away. This is a good anytime beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DW78715816 (53) - Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
It's good but not special. Really very average microbrew pale ale. Doesn't stand out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pint at Three Kings. Despite the name this is better classified as an IPA. It is very much hop forward. The appearance is hazed and coppery with a one finger layer of white foam that has good retention. It is not quite a classic west coast IPA but is definitely in that genre. Citrus that has a bite to it from the hops and that dominates. Lesser malt. A nice beer.


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