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RATINGS: 140   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).


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.

2
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3137) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber 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.

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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (4306) - 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.

2.6
   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.

3.3
   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 Im 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 Ive had. Would recommend.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
12oz Bottle Costco Olympia, WA
Aroma: Malt aroma was decent nothing too much.
Appearance: Light yellow in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Nice malt flavor then it was light after that.
Palate: Dry finish, with a Decent Mouthfeel.
Overall: Nothing over the top just something to wet the whistle.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
12oz bottle. The Kirkland mix-pack continues the downward spiral. Dark gold with a white head. Light rough citrus hop aromas and a good dose of buttered popcorn. Lightly crackery malt with a slick oily feeling and tangy bitter finish. A horrible pale ale.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 oz bottle part of sampler, costco.. pours a meaty amber with a decent head, no withstanding scent, maybe some very light citrus.. initial hit to the palate is a poor mans pale.. its bite is lacking somewhat but I do find some slight bitterness, and pine hinted punch and a light maltiness that questions its pale classification.. not bad not great.. Id have another but its not an allstar


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