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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This ale commands a devoted following. It even inspired a marble sculpture by a local artist. The APA is a copper to golden colored, full bodied, full flavored, american interpretation of an india styled pale ale. It has a full malt flavor and is liberally hopped with centennial and cascade hops providing a pleasant floral, pine and citrus flavor and aroma. Ride the Whale! Alcohol: 6.0% by volume.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3851) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. Pours amber with a lacy, white head. Aroma of floral and light citrus from the hops and pale and light cereal from the malts. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity honeyed malts fluff up the relaxing mouthfeel of this Pale Ale, as wooden hop bitterness balances out the finish. This might be an aged bomber, so I’ll have to revisit to see if the hop character is supposed to be brighter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the lightly hazy honey gold.
-I guess I got a fairly aged bottle at Yankee Spirits since this was very subtly hopped, especially in the aroma. There is no date on the bomber, so how are we supposed to tell?
-The cleanly-extracted cushiony maltiness makes for some very easy drinking. That bomber disappeared very quickly...
-The aroma was forgettable, consisting mostly of polite base malts.
-The big bubbles remain peaceful, so the carbonation suits the body quite well.

Bottle; no date.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
pours a lightly haved amber tinted gold with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves nice lace. nicely zesty hop nose carries a nice complex of American hop aromas (citrus, pine, some floral). well-balanced flavor is smoothly malty up front, devolving into some lightly tart hop flavors, and a fairly solid punch of bitterness to finish. nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Pours a clear golden with a large, lasting white head that would fit well on a Belgian tripel. Fairly malty flavor with a slight citrusy hoppiness in the background.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle, from brewery store. Ok nose, citrusy sweet. Honey, especially when at it’s coldest, grass, lime, buckwheat, little funk as it warmed. Clean golden orange color, good head that faded slowly away. Bitter flavor, like aroma, with a grassy citrusy being dominant. Some nutiness, Little soapiness as it warmed. Medium body, creamy grainy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice APA. Easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2006
on tap-pours a white head with plae yellow color. Aroma is mild grain, hops, sweet, pine. Taste follows with honey?, citrus. Good carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
Thanks to Hopdog for sharing this last week. Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold/light amber with a thin film of a head. I noticed a slight brett-like contamination at first in the aroma, along with light hops, and some spicy phenols. Flavor is light and dry, bubbly due to some light brett, earthy and spicy, decent bitter finish. Ok overall, but again, possible slight infection.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for this 22 oz bomber… Appears a light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing. Smell is of slightly oxidized and flowery with mild sourness in there. Taste is of the same off aromas with mild maltiness. Mouthfeel is lactic and slightly sour with sweetness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!). Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, flowers and somewhat grainy. Tastes of the same. Overall quite forgettable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Clear apple juice body topped by big, rocky white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some apple, light caramel, grassy. Light body, fairly clean. Need to let warm up, very little flavor at fridge temp.


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