ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thereís so much hype about IPAs these days that the classic pale ale tends to be forgotten about. Once in a while a pale ale comes along and reminds me how good the style can be. A good example would be Hangar 24 Amarillo Pale Ale - a beer that has plenty of flavor, bitterness and is highly drinkable without making a big deal about it.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Clear, bright orange/amber hue. Plenty of visible carbonation. Forms an average-sized, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Sweet, orange candy-like aroma with a general floral bouquet. Clean, but not intense.
Taste: Hangar 24 Amarillo Pale Ale is exactly what I expect in an American pale ale. Plenty of hop character throughout the palate but without the raw density or chutzpah of an IPA. The Amarillo hops give it a distinct orange flavor all around - slightly sweet candy-like flavor up front with a slightly sharper, dryer bitterness through the middle. The malts are muted, imparting a light sweetness to balance out the hops. Thereís a quick hop bite at the apex which linger for just a few moments before finishing cleanly.
Itís interesting how much flavor is here, yet at the same time I would not consider this a super robust beer in general. Itís satisfying and enjoyable at the time and seems to have good re-drinkability in that you could drink many of these without it wearing you out.
Drinkability: Half the enjoyment of this beer is how pleasantly drinkable it is. The body is medium, thereís a perfect level of carbonation to give it noticeable, but contained, energy. Itís crisp and refreshing while in the mouth and goes down smooth. I was surprised to see itís "only" 5.5% ABV as it has so much flavor, but without the weight of something bigger. This might be dangerously drinkable in the summer.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample. Golden color, stable head, a nice soft flavor, nothing overdone. Some hops on initial drink, mellows alot, with malt coming through as well, nice balance, some pine, grass, pepper. Good one!
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with a nice white foam. Aroma is citrus and melon. Light body. A little bitter for a pale. Grapefruit and orange with little malt sweetness. Overall not bad.
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, light orange color with a decent frothy head. Light hoppy aroma. Nothing too overpowering. Sweet tangy after thought as well. Dry, hoppy finish. Nice balance between the grapefruit and the hops. Decent beer, but I would still go with their IPA.
Barreras (1572) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a yellow with an almost neon yellow tint to it. Aroma of malted hops and corn. Taste is simple with a mild hop aftertaste. A slight metallic taste after the swallow. A mild pale ale that was not complex.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light and smooth. Highly drinkable. Really needs to notch up the flavor though. Itís good for what it is, but it could be so much more.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hophead22 for this rare treat! Pour is copper with a slight haze and a smallish white head. Aroma is earthy, pine hops, citrus hops, slight sulfur, and mild cookie malt. Flavor is subtle yet has some complexity. Flavor is true to nose except that hops are more floral early and citrus later on. Finish is cookie malt. Very light and drinkable pale ale. Hops are smooth and citrusy; this is easy drinkiní.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Craig. Pour a nice golden orange hue. The flavors and aromas are pale malts with a slightly above average hop bunch. The hop flavors are well balanced and not bitter. A solid pale ale.
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth and drinkable. This is one fine PA. I could drink this one all day long. Orange/yellow in color with a thick white head. Spicy pine notes in the nose with a clean bitter finish.
dresden (1479) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden orange. Citrus aroma, light but decent amarillo hop. Citrus hop flavour but really lacking in what this could be in a single hop apa.