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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnyoski (445) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11116) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2010
A nice hop aroma, a little yellowish in color. This is only okay. Some hops for sure but also a bit strained. Certainly not up to par for pale ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Bottle from Costco on 01/17/2010. Clear golden body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet pale malt and floral hop aroma. Sweet floral hop flavor with a pale malt background and some slight metallic notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/2/6/3/11 - 2.8 Bottle from Costco on 01/03/2010. Very clear golden amber body with a large foamy off-white head. Sweet pale malt and floral hop aroma. Sweet pale malt flavor with light floral and earthy hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/3/5/3/11 - 2.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
12 oz bottle, pours a pale-amber color with moderate head. Aroma typical of a pale ale with heavy floral scents. However, the floral aroma was too one-dimensional, almost like a bar of soap. Got much better later in the drink. Taste is moderately bitter. Palate is average. Decent pale ale, nothing special but wont disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Rum River Wort Hogs Meeting, Dec í09. Gold color with no head. Light floral hop aroma. Dry malt flavor, light bitterness. Grainy. Plain, but not offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Hmm, not sure where this one was going except for in the trash. But wait, thatís not fair, because the beer is actually drinkable. Yet so is water. There just wasnít all that much going on Ė some light herbal hops, soft earthy malt, a watery, slightly minerally finish. There is also some noticeable oxidized flavors, a fair indication that Costco does not even try to achieve optimal storage and handling conditions for their light beers. I donít know what else to say, you get what you pay for, maybe even an ounce more. But that is all.

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