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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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aka Seattle Beer Week 5th Anniversary

We dedicate this beer to you, Craft Beer Fan, for embracing adventure, creativity, facial hair, and the skilled craft people of our industry above all. This session pale ale is made with Citra and Simcoe hops grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley which will enlighten your mind and make you a smarter and better looking person…Because Beer Matters. “Hey, it’s better in the can.”—V.W.P.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
(12oz can thanks to Mora2000) clear bright light gold, lasting fizzy white head. Nose of peach, apricot, tropical, mango, very light onion. Taste of pale grain, medium amount of hoppiness, orange pulp, lightly bitter body, despite my low rating I’m a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12292) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours translucent gold with a foamy white head. Aroma of green grassy/herby hops. Med + body. Flavor is herb/grass over pale malt. This is a light beer, carbohydrate wise, but pretty heavy on the hop. Which seems to be a mix of pine and citrus after thinking about it. No real hop burn, but there seems to be a hoppy oiliness in the mouth. It cannot be, but I’ll posit this is as hoppy as many DIPAs and more than many IPAs. Amazing for such a low ABV ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1158) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Aroma has moderate cracker and pale malt background. Moderate hop character with citrus and tropical fruit being most dominant but with a fairly strong resin note as well. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big white head that has moderately good retention. Moderately high lacing and faint legs. Flavor starts with slightly sweet cracker and biscuit notes. Moderate hop notes with citrus and tropical fruit well balanced. Moderately strong pine resin note. Bitterness is also moderately strong. Finish has another cracker malt resurgence along with a light lingering resiny bitterness. Faint fruitiness in finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Faint astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a very enjoyable pale ale. Nice light malt character with a good assertive bitterness. The hop character could be a bit brighter but this balance allows for a good make character which is more to style. I could definitely drink a few of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6627) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2013
12-oz can. Pours a hazy medium amber with a gigantic white sudsy head. Big fresh pine and a bit of grapefruit on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty light caramel with pine and grapefruit on the mid palate. Long dry finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
can from Lets Pour, pale golden straw color. one finger head and decent lacing. hop forward aroma 7+, lots of lemon peel & pith. Citrus hop flavor, citrus zest, pith, lemon, grapefruit & orange notes. Quite bitter @ 4.5%, tastes like a much higher ABV APA. Pretty good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeucht (3) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
Poured from can to tulip. Clear with a pale golden color. Thick white head diminishing to a thin layer within a few minutes. Passion fruit and grapefruit aroma. Fruit and light malt carries through sip. Finishes with a sharp bitterness and biscuit. Leaves me wanting another sip. Great sessionable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanuta06 (391) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Serving: from tap at Smarty Pants. Aroma: lightly piney hoppy. Appearance: small, frothy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-yellow body. Taste: moderately bitter initial flavor and finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall: excellent. Very light hoppy aroma and the taste was not overwhelmingly bitter. I would certainly drink this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnanakul (26) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Poured into a tulip from a can. Hazy golden color with a small off white head. Citrus and slight floral hoppy aroma. Flavor follows aroma. The hops come through fairly strong towards the end and it finishes fairly bitter. Not as well balanced as I’d like, but overall I’d say it’s drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
50belair (2919) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Can. Light yellow pour with a white head. Bitter hop aromas. Grassy hop notes. Bitter and refreshing. Average mouthfeel and body. Good carbonation. A nice pale ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1705) - Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2013
12 oz. can poured into my new Sierra Nevada IPA glass- Pours slightly hazy golden with a huge three and a half finger head and nice sheeting lace. Aroma is very citrusy, resinous pine, sweet. The flavor is kind of grainy surprisingly, cereal, a good amount of bitter hop bite after the swallow that would rival some IPA’s, but the nice aroma did not translate to the taste unfortunately. As it sits a mild sweetness does present itself, mellowing out the harsh bitterness, I was considering giving the taste only a 6, but this has really improved, a pale ale that you need to let breathe, that’s a new one. Body is medium to light, carbonation is medium. Overall I don’t really understand the whole pale ale for an anniversary beer, or is this the Seattle beer week anniversary(?), kind of confusing, but a pretty basic beer and intentionally sessionable.


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