Free State Thunderhead Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This hop forward American Pale Ale employs domestic pale malt for a balanced malt character. Golden and medium-bodied, Thunderhead is boldly hopped with Columbus hops.
O.G. - 13.2/1.053
Hops - Columbus

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Tap @ FS, pours a clear amber with a creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine and grass, with a slight caramel. Flavor is more pine and citrus with some light breadiness and caramel, and a brief lingering bitterness. Fairly well balanced. Another solid, enjoyable beer from Free State.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Growler from Mreusch 5/26/07: Light orangy amber w/ a lasting but thin off white head. Light floral & grassy hops, also slightly sharp & resiny. Light bready malt and hints of caramel. Well balanced overall flavor wise between toasty malt, caramel and grassy/herbal hops. Light bitterness lingers in the dry finish, clean & crisp w/ very little fruity esters. Lighter medium body; low CO2, smooth m/f. Very drinkable and refreshing on a muggy Cleveland evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 30, 2006
On cask at the brewpub. Poured a clear deep copper color with a thick white head. Started with a hoppy aroma and followed throught with a nice hoppy bitterness that edged out the pale malt flavor for dominance. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6251) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Draft at the brewpub, 7/3/06: Lighter than their Copperhead Pale Ale, this is a soapy and light-bodied pale. It give a light piney hoppiness, but it "paled" in comparison to their other pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Fresh, citric hop aroma, some orange zest, pine and grapefruit, very fresh, floral and sweet with a backdrop of pale, toasty, honeyish malt sweetness. Clear light-medium amber color with a slight head. Predominantly hoppy flavor profile, fruity and dry right from the start with a very healthy amount of bitterness throughout, long, lingering, resinous and spicy. Some very light maltiness makes itself known here and there but over all is completely American hop-oriented. Palate is fairly smooth and oily, effervescene is rather smooth. Very much an APA/IPA hybrid after the fashion of, for instance, Anchor Liberty, and quite refreshing. Great for the current season (mid-spring).

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