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Free State Hop Picker Pale Ale

Free State Hop Picker Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
As the harvest wound up and the hop pickers finished their seasons work, we made this extra hoppy American IPA to remember the season by. The Hop Picker marries two of our favorite American hop varieties, Centennial and Columbus in even portions at each step of the brew. From bittering in the kettle to dry hopping in the conditioning tank, we added equal parts of these two pungent hops all the way through. Balanced with a subdued malt bill made up of American 2-row pale malt, Munich malt and an assortment of light caramel malts for a deep gold color and a nice body to match the hops without overpowering them. O.G. 17.5°P/1070 IBUs 78 Alc content 6.0 by wt., 7.5 by vol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Pours amber with a thin head. Medium bodied. Caramel backing with a nice pine and citrus character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Excellent beer, poured from tap at free state, great aroma, thin white head, dark amber color, nice hop flavor, very good beer, made better by the atmosphere of the brewery,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear gold with a nice biege head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, and caramel malt. Nice IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a deeper golden amber with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of grapefruit and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt. Flavor of lightly toasted and caramel malt with a heavy grapefruit and piney hop hit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Growler from one of my favorite people, mreusch. Thanks man! Poured an attractive, mild amber-orange color with an inch and a half thick, rocky off-white head that left some thick sheets of lacing as it slowly receded to a thin layer. Aroma of earthy, floral hops with some light pine and a bit of citrus fruitiness (tart grapefruit and fleshy tangerine), some light caramel, even some faint nuttiness, and an interesting creamy character. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some soft caramel maltiness and cracker paired with some light, delicate citrus notes (tangerine and peach) that transition into a moderately bitter hoppiness with pine, some herbal spiciness, and a light oiliness peaking through before giving way to a more traditional citrus fruitiness with some hints of orange and grapefruit that linger lightly into the smooth, lightly dry finish as some of the softer fruit and cracker flavors reappear. Soft carbonation, but the beer possesses a delicate, luscious mouth feel and doesn’t seem to suffer from over-attenuation as many IPA/IIPA’s do. Overall, it isn’t your typical brash, abrasive IPA, and I think that is a good change. Thanks again Matt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3409) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark golden (SRM 12) slightly cloudy body......nose heavy with resiny pine and grapefruit citrus......taste initially mild malt sweetness then heavy hop with pine and grapefruit and long lingering bitterness.....mouth feel is somewhat light. A fairly standard IPA. Very palate cleansing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Growler, thanks to mreusch. Big, piney, citric hop aroma, fresh, spicy and lightly grassy, with a dollop of dark malty sweetness. Clear medium amber color with a lasting light tan head. Full of resinous, leafy hop flavor, more strong citrus, pine and fresh wood with a moderately strong amount of bitterness throughout. Oily, smooth palate, body is medium. Really full of hop character, but with a nicely countering amount of toasty malt sweetness. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Thanks to David for opening the growler! Poured clear medium orange with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and grapefruit.. definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum.. nice prickly pine at the end. The flavor had sweet caramel and pine at the core with nice lingering bitterness through the finish.. nice balance to it with a good bitter kick and some mild oxidation to close it out. Medium-bodied.. a bit sharp on the finish. Enjoyed it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Growler, via mreusch. Pours a clear amber to dark copper body under a foamy one finger off-white head that slowly faded to a whispy covering. Minimal lacing remained. The nose is certainly Cenntennial, with an earthy leafy nature and some toasted and light caramel maltiness below. The flavor was not all that hoppy, sweet toasted malt up front, then fading to a fairly aggressively bitter finish that lingered quite a while. Mouthfeel was fairly creamy with nice soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, nothing too stand-out, but well brewed solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pour from a growler shared by mreusch. Pours a clear copper with a creamy thin head. The nose is a solid blend of Columbus and Centennial hops. Big pine with a sweet caramel back, but the malt is really struggling to be noticed behind the hops. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and is slick with a bitter, lightly dry finish. The flavor is a nice blend of sweet pale and Munich malts with bitter pine and grapefruit notes rounding things out. A tad thin on the mouthfeel for all the hop punch that it carries, this beer is one of the more quaffable IPAs that I’ve sampled. At 7.5%, that could be a potentially dangerous proposition.

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