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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12355) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Clear amber color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of peppery grass. Taste is grass, pine, black pepper.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5833) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Floral citrus caramel and grain aroma and taste with a lightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Draft at Free State. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Pine, light citrus and some herbal grass y notes. Bitter and floral with some light spices. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Comes clear amber with an average biege head. Aroma of florals, citrus, and malt. Taste is citrus, florals, malt, grass, and caramel. Nice stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Growler filled at the brewpub by beastiefan2k, shared about 3 hours later. Pour is almost entirely clear copper brown with a one inch white head. Aroma of resin citrus, some maltiness. Aroma initally quite fresh, then fades quick. Taste is soft biscuit maltiness, with the resin citrus (orange) behind that. Palate is pretty flat, thin to medium, almost watery at the finish. Decent enough, thanks for sharing Eugene.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2626) - 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).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Dark amber, copper color. Its a hop beer with a lightly bitter, floral and sweet hop aroma that has a bit of a sweet malt backbone. The hops are also a bit musky. Flavor has a bit more bitterness to fight the musk. But it isn’t dry and crisp like the description explains (those are relative terms but its not as dry and crisp as I would want). Loss the musky and we got a winner.
Growler, Duvel tasting glass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a hazy coppery color. It had a small off-white head that left some lacing. Slightly lighter aroma. It is mainly citrus hops with some malts in the background. A somewhat bitter taste, mainly from citrus hops with a decent malt body. A fine pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Growler power. Bright copper with some white head. Big citric hop nose. Fresh hop flavor but mild bitterness. Medium body. Really pretty good stuff.


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