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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawthorne00 (3276) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2012
Clear orangish amber with a white head. Aroma of oranges, some grapefruit, caramel, grass. Plainly sweet caramel, citrus and pine notes, modest bitterness. A little on the sweet side, but quite OK for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (1018) - PERU - OCT 7, 2012
Poured a clear golden with a decent head and some lacing. Breeady aroma with citris notes. Has some complexity, but some soapiness. A pretty-well made beer at a great price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2012
value-wise, the rating doesn’t reflect the beer. It is a watered-down version of a preferred pale ale but it gets the job done on a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
StefanSD (2287) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
12 oz bottle. Best before 01-15-2013. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma was very mild with minerals, sweet malts and some indistinct grains. The flavor was hoppy with lightly spicy hops, grains, filberts, pepper and a hint of molasses. The palate was full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finished short and dry with a bit of saccharine. Overall: OK pale ale, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 8, 2012
bottle from costco. clear orange/amber with a small head. floral, jelly, tea aroma. light flavors of toffee and sweet bready malt with a grassy bitterness and apple jelly. a little sticky and medium bodied. i don’t know, it tastes pretty decent to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle from CostCo: Poured a crystal clear liquid with gold flake tint while soapy foam of head quickly fizzled out. Aroma is sort of stench with grassy like hops but somehow also reminds me of the caramel malt aroma that was in the previous amber ale style. The flavor is bland and lacks any real substance in the body with a watered down taste that is just boring and falling way short of the standard pale ale style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1300) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
My house on July 13, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. About one finger of head, which stayed for a decent amount of time. Honey caramel color. Pillowy white lacing on the sides. Decent amount retention. Smelled a healthy whiff of caramel, light lemon citrus hops, peach and plum. Tasted fairly close to the smell. Got some caramel, bread, wheat, lemon, plum, apple, pear, rye and iced tea. Medium body. Oily creamy texture. Above average-to-good carbonation. Long bitter finish. Was my second beer of the 4-beer, variety case from Costco. Started out nice, but the taste and feel were fairly average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
355mL. Clear amber pour. Larger suddy, off-white head. Nose is heavy detergent. Taste is suddy, nutty, dense from residual sugar and specialty malt. Some decent floral and piney hoppiness comes through. Not so bad. Palate is mildly astringent and chemical laden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
golden color, aroma of light malt, slight citrus hops, flavors of citrus hops, grass, bread, light body, not bad considering the price

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle from Costco Yawata. Mild, sweet ice cream cone-like malt, hay, dirt aroma. Dull orange tea color. Minimal head w/ some lacing. Slightly harsh bitterness w/ very strong carbonation (almost like a seltzer). Very astringent and harsh aftertaste. Thin body. My guess is that they use less-than-premium ingredients to produce this beer.

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