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Free State Tallgrass Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   ABV: -
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is another twist on the India Pale Ale Style. It uses Simcoe hops for bittering and whole UK Fuggle hop flowers in the Hop Jack for a fine aroma. The UK Fuggle hops are a more subtle hop than the domestic Fuggles that we have use in several of our other beers. Unlike the Copperhead, this beer does not use any caramel malts, giving it a somewhat lighter malt flavor and color. This beer is made from Pale Ale Malt and Munich malt to provide a solid malt underpinning. India Pale Ales were made strong and hoppy to survive the long journey to the colonies and outposts in the West Indies. The preservative properties of the alcohol and the hops as well as the abilities of these hoppy beers to mask the trevails of long travel made for some strong and flavorful beers.
Original Gravity 15.15 degrees Plato IBU's 55.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Raw. That was the first word that came into my mind when considering the flavor and palate. Tons of grassy hop pellets strewn through the beer like hay dragged through a meadow. Slightly citrusy, a lot of wheat >>> but not the toasted, refined kind. Think wheat harvested yesterday and baked for 10 minutes just to slightly dull the raw kernels. The commercial description probably influenced me to this end but I was reminded a lot of Copperhead, with most of the rounded malt body that makes it tasty. Palate is sharp but quickly dulls. House yeast is used and the aroma gives that away instantly. Enjoyed the Fuggle aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Biscuity, lightly herbal, leafy and woody (cedar) hop aroma, with fainter notes of apple and pine. Bright copper color, clear, with an initially rocky, subsiding head. Flavor is heavily hop-oriented, full of spicy, piney, earthy bitterness, with justa brief appearance made by the malts towards the finish, which is toasty and very dry. Palate is smooth and a bit "prickly", medium bodied. Not exactly well-balanced but refreshing and tasty, and nicely quenching due to the abundant hops. A treat for any lupulin fan.


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