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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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a soapy head and lacing. Aroma is light citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Flavor is the same, with a very soapy finish. Not a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gpnterojd (176) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
Pine and sweet citrus in the aroma after cracking the cap. Transparent ambery gold. Mild malts throw the focus to restrained hops. Bitter enough to notice, but won’t overpower. Some lemon, mint and pine in the flavour. Decent, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle from the KIRKLAND Costco, thanks scrizz! Pours clear dark gold with a lacy white head. A little citrus, toffee and flowers in the aroma. Minimal body and carbonation. The taste kinda grainy and just lays there. Perfumy and lightly soapy finish. Starts out in a promising way, but things begin to go south in a hurry. This the kind of APA that argues in favor of pale lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Aroma is faint, with a hint of perfumey floral hops and light malt notes as well. Pours clear and gold with a really decent head and surprisingly good lace. Pale malts up front with some sweetness and a decent perfumey finish. A hint metallic, but when consumed with food, the metal goes away and the hops cleanse the palate Smooth and actually my favorite one of the four.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bought at the Kirkland Costco. Odd, this one also smells kinda rancid like the German Hef did, but not as powerful. Nice clear gold and a strong tall white head that fell awkwardly in stages. Malty, chewy and not bad until you get to the finish where it seems the hops are moldy or something.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Local bottle. Sure it tastes just fine. Not really a stand out APA. Aroma was dominated by malt. The flavours were very muted but still balanced between the malt and hops, maybe even leaning to the malt side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
bb 6/11/09 or best never... sunny golden yellow color with orange tints and a soft white head. there are some spots of lacing... briefly... but only because i just dumped the amber out. it smells very floral... orange blossoms, pale malt (almost pils-ish?), caramel and a bit of spice akin to cinnamon. the flavor is a bit metallic (which is amplified when sampled directly from the bottle?) with notes of pale malt, flowers, caramel and a bitter unpleasant finish. the medium body is a bit oily yet flat and dead on the tongue.

it’s beers like these that make me drink wine... 5/3/4/2/9/2.3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
It has been a long time since I have rated a pale ale. This one is okay, really mediocre actually. Clear yellow, white head. Citrus, some grain notes, and herbal hops. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2009
12 oz bottle. Malt makes upp for most of aroma some light fruity note from one of the three i drank. Gold body with white head and plenty of carbination. Thicker malt presence rather than refreshing flavor for me. Alright pizza beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - APR 19, 2009
Pretty decent pale ale. Not as much citrus or pine flavor I’m used to with American PA. Very clear and appealing ale. Decent head with alright retention I suppose. Good level of carbonation and the foam adds a good mouthfeel. Not my fave pale ale but its not the worst I’ve had. Would recommend.

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