beernbourbon (1355) - 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 drinkin’.
Chad9976 (1293) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There’s 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. There’s a quick hop bite at the apex which linger for just a few moments before finishing cleanly.
It’s interesting how much flavor is here, yet at the same time I would not consider this a super robust beer in general. It’s 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, there’s a perfect level of carbonation to give it noticeable, but contained, energy. It’s crisp and refreshing while in the mouth and goes down smooth. I was surprised to see it’s "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.
jjuf1853 (1250) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Redlands, CA at the Royal Falconer. Pours a clear amber with a decent sized tan head. Citrus hop aroma with a fair amount of malt. Very nice flavor of citrus/pine hops with a slight bitterness in the finish. I really enjoyed this one.
kathouse (1169) - 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.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from Keg I got for New Years. Pours a very clear golden color with a very nice head. Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Taste is malty and hoppy, very crisp. I could drink this stuff all day and will.....because I have a half keg left and its just me and my brother right now.
Barreras (1114) - 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.
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber orange with a small off white with a little lacing. Aroma is of toasted malts, bready malts, citrus (grapefruit & orange) and a little pine. Taste is well balanced with toasted and bready malts, grapefruit & orange, some pine, and a little fruitiness. Has a medium-light body with a slighty creamy mouthfeel and a dry, well balaced moderate finish. Overall, a pretty decent pale that might be a little thin but is still tasty and refreshing.
dresden (1027) - 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.
dogfish120love (1020) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with an orange tint, somewhat medium sized white head. Smells significantly of pine, followed by some citrus, grass and floral aromas, but predominantly pine. Flavor is heavily consistant with taste, pine dominates the other flavors at an unusual level. Usually citrus and grapefruit overtake pine in my opinion, but this is different in a good way. This may not be a favorite but I can’t help but love how this beer seprates and differentiates itself from the pack. Slightly over-carbonated.
BucannonXC5 (979) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $13.97 (with VONS card) for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: June 1, 2013
Consumed: June 1, 2013
Poured a copper orange, rather clear color with about four fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Lots of thick sporadic foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great thick and foamy retention all the way down.
Initially smelled a mixture of orange , tangerine and lemon. Also butter, wheat, grass, honey and floral notes.
Taste wasn’t quite like the nose. Seemed to taste bitter coffee notes. Some citrus notes (orange, faint grapefruit, lemon), pale ale notes (grainy grass, honey, wheat) and buttery malts.
Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish.
Just didn’t like this beer. Not happy that I have three more in my variety 12-pack.