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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A crisp and refreshing Blonde/Pale Ale hybrid this beer has a light body and a citrusy grapefruit aroma, the result of an abundant amount of dry-hopping. The Bright Ale is sessionable and approachable and is our perfect year round offering for whenever you feel like living in the moment.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
infoman411 (21) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Easy Drinkable Beer. Its a crisp ale almost pilsner in taste. Very light with strong citrus taste of apricot and light lemon or other citrus I canít place. Its a great alternative to the majors just not a very complex beer and its their first product so clearly they are working to bring in the masses and this product can definitely do that. Its not world class but it is certainly a solid entrant to the craft brewing arena that Stamford and Fairfield County have been missing since New England moved out years ago...


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2134) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Can from Trader Joes. Clear pale gold with lasting white head and lace. Mild aroma or citrus and a hint of pleasant floral soapiness. Mild grassy sweet malts with a hint of tropical fruit and dry citrus and grassy finish. Very light and refreshing. Well made if not bold. Would be a perfect beer to turn on a macro drinker to micros. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1440) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Blonde ales tend to be some of the most boring beers ever since theyíre deliberately mild. In the case of Half Full Bright Ale itís probably better considered a standard American pale ale even though it claims to be a hybrid of those two styles. Plenty hoppy for a light pale ale, though not much in the way of malty distinctiveness or other refined character.

I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright yellow hue over a fairly hazy body. Fine carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Grapefruit flesh and peel. Light floral scent.

Taste: The palette here is pretty simple: grapefruit hop flavor from beginning to end. Light dry bitterness up front with a bit of a juicy taste through the middle and a pretty mild, clean finish. There isnít much more to it than that; though whatís here is at least pretty delectable and interesting. Itís not sweet, nor does any particular malt (base or specialty) stand out (though that wouldíve been nice). The hop flavor and IBUs are at a nice level so as to give the beer some bite, but still mild enough to not be intimidating. This would be a good transition brew for macro lager drinkers.

Drinkability: As far as I can tell, Half Full Bright Ale isnít a summer seasonal, but it can be drank as such. The body is light and the beer is refreshing in the mouth despite the hop presence. I am surprised itís 5.2% ABV as it drinks like a much lighter brew so it seems rather inefficient to me. Good to drink in the summer, though probably not ideal for sessioning.

Score: 6/10

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2015
Can. A hazy, golden beer topped by a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is quite citrusy and peachy, with a soft malty fruity touch. Thereís some bitterness in the flavor, with peaches, some piney and citrus peel-ish notes and a touch of pale malts. Itís medium bodied, soft and semi-dry on the palate. Semi-long citrusy, bitter finish with a touch of peaches. Quite nice this one, and very refreshing. 150613

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2015
Can 355ml @ Motel room, Crystal Inn, Niagara Falls, ON
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, peach and orange. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long peach and orange finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4831) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2015
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015
Location: Draft at the brewery, 4/18/15

Aroma: This has a clean aroma of light floral hops, as well as some mild citrus.
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a thick frothy white head and some average lace.
Flavor: It has a pretty decent flavor, clean and light, but still pretty decent.
Palate: It has a fairly light body, with a soft carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.
Overall Impression: The brewery calls this a Blonde Ale, not an APA (and I would tend to agree). Iím not sure why it is an APA on here. Anyway, this is a decent enough beer. A good entry craft offering for those new too craft, but not a particularly exciting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (889) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - APR 6, 2015
Nice floral citrus hop aroma with a light maltiness. Cloudy yeasty appearance. Taste is light and refreshing but with descent body for a lighter beer. Citrus/ floral hops are well balanced with the malt. Not bad at all. A nice refreshing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2457) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Sampler at the brewery tasting room. Easy drinking. Crisp easy drinking. Standard but good

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tessraff (2) - - SEP 15, 2014 does not count
From a can into a snifter. Light gold with a solid head. Aroma and flavor of citrus hops, lemongrass, pale biscuity malt. Lively, medium + carbonation. Nice mellow lingering aftertaste. A really nice light, sessionable craft beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4812) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2014
12oz can. Looks golden. Aroma of floral hops, pale and light caramel malts, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average to lighter texture. A pretty boring beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Can freshly dropped off according to their Facebook page. Glad to support a local! Pour has a clean golden color and a thin coating of white head that slowly fizzled off. Aroma has light dry hops, citrus, and pale malts. Mouth feel is good and the carbonation medium low. Flavor has a light pale malted base, dry hops, citrus, and a touch of bitterness into the finish. This is extraordinarily drinkable and the 5.2% level is perfect session strength. Just wish they dated the cans,


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