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 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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Light copper body with a thick, slightly off white head. The aroma is rich with caramel, fresh bread and oranges. The taste has some burnt toast with a nice grapefruit kick of dryness in the finish. A hint of toffee. This needs a little more malt to balance it out.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
From a growler, provided by mreusch. Pour is golden orange with a thinner off white head. Aroma is big, and beautiful - piney hops, some candy sweetness and a graininess. Taste has a nice, pleasant not overpowering hop presence. More of the sweetness, pine and earthiness. Nice body, crisp bitter hop finish. Thanks for bringing this one 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Draft: Clear rufous. Tight, condensed white foam. Bright and enticing nose of peach marmalade, lemon oil, pinesap, and candied pecans. Soft carbonation snugly caresses the palate. Conditioned quite well. Understated but supple hop-derived peach flavors immediately link up with a firm, piney bitterness. Ample maltiness generates a candied pecan sweetness and some chewiness. Snippet of bouncy acidity offers vibrancy, though the pinesap and staunch woody bitterness soon outweighs it before an everlasting trail of peaches reawakens. Hops possess just enough brashness to deposit a cottony dryness at the tip of the tongue. Perfect level of attenuation helps balance the sappiness, as the malts continue to shine. Finishes spicily hoppy and vividly piney with pronounced notes of fresh peaches coupled with a sound structure of malt which provides a balancing pecan- and graham-like sweetness. The fresh hops clearly are to credit for such a clean and vivid bitterness. With that said, a touch more juiciness is what slightly lacks, and some slightly doughy yeast notes manage to steal some of the limelight from the brighter hop qualities. Very balanced (aroma dispays equal amounts of malt and hops) and relatively understated/graceful, though. Nicely done.

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