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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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This is a classic, American-Style pale ale that displays all of the complex bitterness and aroma from the hops of the Yakima Valley in Washington State. By using a top-fermenting ale yeas strain we bring out the floral and herbal flavor profiles. A clean, malty body is developed from the pale and light caramel malt. ABV 5.4% Bitterness 35 IBU. Contract brewed for Costco by the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company under the brewer name Hopfen Und Malz (for the west coast market) and since mid 2009 by Matt Brewing as "New Yorker Brewing Co." (for the east coast market).


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
This is by far the best beer in the case. Orange-yellow color with a white head on it. Smell shows some signs of hops, a little yeast, some malts. Taste is smooth, sort of bitter, little bit of grass and straw. Not a bad beer, this is something I could drink whenever. If they sold this by the case I would buy it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7138) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks to John for the bottle. Poured clear lighter orange with a short, well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and lesser bready notes with fresh floral backing.. simple and well-balanced. The flavor found sweet pale malts and a touch of honey at the core.. moderate floral and peppery bitterness around.. spicy and refreshing on the finish. Lighter-bodied and crisp on the palate.. very easy-drinkiní with no complaints from me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to my roommate. When Costco stamps their brand on a beer, you know itís got to be a quality product. To be honest, this really isnít an awful beer. Pours clear golden with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is grainy and malty with some slight floral and herbal hop notes. Flavor is pale and caramel malt, grains, and just a bit of hop bitterness, mostly herbal. Medium-light body with average carbonation and nothing particularly exciting on the mouthfeel. Meh, but hey, at least this beer is cheap and better than BMC.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
12oz bottle (Costco sample pack). Pours to a golden bronze with off white head. Smell is light in caramel, grainy malt and mild hops. The hop taste is there at first but is quickly shot down by malt which dominates this beer. Finish is slightly bitter hops.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AverageJoe (4) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2010 does not count
I think Friday(25)ís comment was spot on for this beer. "Overall, not a bad beer on itís own. If youíre looking for a traditional APA, youíll only be teased with this beer. But, on itís own, it still a good beer to wash down some hearty meals."

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnyoski (438) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a very light orange color with an average white head. Light aroma of flowers, citrus and biscuit. Initial light malty flavor up front. Finishes bitter and flowery with a bit of a strange aftertaste. Watery texture with ok carbonation. Nothing fancy, something sessionable and refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Iíll admit, Iím a sucker for American pale ales. The first thing I thought when pouring this beer was "darn, that is a bit light". It poured much almost light amber, much different than the copper red that is distinctive of a pale ale. You can smell the cascade hops, and this provides a bitter citrus aroma, but lacks the malt smell of typical APAís. Flavor is the initial cascade hops, then a malt flavor with hops, possibly a hint of caramel, and ends in caramel hop flavor. Overall, not a bad beer on itís own. If youíre looking for a traditional APA, youíll only be teased with this beer. But, on itís own, it still a good beer to wash down some hearty meals.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
12 oz bottle from the variety case. Pours a medium copper with a decent white head- aroma has a slight Diacetyl fruity buttery character- slick, a bit solvetn, ok grassy and citrus hops, and light sharp toasted and carapils malts. Flavor is sharp malts, a bit slick overall- ok grassy and citrus cascade and willamette-like- a bit of tea in the end. Typical Saranac house character in this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of maniac. Pours a clear pale amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus hops. Taste is bitter herbal grassy hops. Medium bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
(Sample Date: 12/27/2009 Source:Other) 12 oz bottle courtesy of Maniac. Clear golden with large fluffy white head. Spicy hop nose over some grainy caramel. Flavor is grainy and slightly oxidized. Very light spicy hop flavor. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is dry and fairly bitter.


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