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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


3.8
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear, pale iced-tea brown with two fingers of creamy, off-white head that leaves behind sheeting lace. The nose is of lightly resinous citric hops and sweet, toasty, biscuity malt. On the light side of medium-bodied, it is soft and slick with a tight bitter finish. Sweet, toasty, biscuity malt with a solid balance of floral and citric hops. Again, another solid session beer from a brewer that seldom disappoints in that arena.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9998) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1220) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Lots of citrus and pine in the aroma, very strong hop aroma. Not too much malt apparent in the nose. Flavor is nicely bitter with piney and citrusy hops, a little caramel way in the background. This is a hop forward pale ale and a very nice one at that.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1827) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2593) - 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).

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - 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.


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