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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 12oz glass at the brewpub. Copper color, off white head.Nice lacing and foam retention on the glass. Hoppy aroma of piney hops, with a slight wildflower honey backing. Taste is resinous hops, very herbal/earthy with a nice amount of bitterness. Nice full mouthfeel. I bought a growler and split it with my father a few days later. We both enjoyed it immensely. I would disagree with Hemmer that it needs more malt, it is an IPA, but more like a big ’ol west coast IPA. Lots of malt, lots of alcohol, and an assload of fragrant and bitter hops.

I bought a keg of this in 7/08 and just finished it a few days after new year ’09. Great stuff. Even after 4 months, it was still dripping with wonderful hops flavor and a strong bitterness. This is one of their best beers...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2007
On tap at the brewpub
Hazy copper with a lightly resinous white head
WOW!!vvWhat a kick ass aroma. Orange bubble gum. A bit of Pine Sol. Dripping. I really wish every beer could smell like this.
Wonderful orange and tangerine flavors, with some pine as well. Still, plenty of malt character. Toasted and la touch of sweetness. Guess what. Its pretty damn bitter too.
Medium/light body with medium carbonation.
Hey, this beer is really damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Tap @ FS, pours a clear copper with a fluffy and persistent tan head, great lacing all the way down. Aroma is full of grass, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor follows nicely, with a lasting bitter and slightly grassy finish. Nice and biting with a milder malty balance so the hops really capture your attention, as it should be. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3901) - 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 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 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 14/20
TAR (2685) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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