La Cumbre Whirlpool Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Nearly all Pale Ales have several hop additions. The first addition is almost always at the start of the boil to give the beer its’ characteristic bitterness. The last addition is almost always after the boil during the whirlpool to give the beer its’ characteristic hop flavors and aromas. Classic brewing theory has always assumed that little to no bitterness comes from this last addition. Well, we wondered what would happen if you brewed a low gravity pale ale and added all of the kettle hops during the whirlpool. We knew that it would give the beer an enormous hop flavor, but would there be any bitterness? We started with Marris Otter, the very finest pale malt money can buy, added a small amount of caramel malt and went about our regular boil, but only added hops after the boil was over. 25 lbs. of a blend of some of our favorite hops were added to give the beer an enormous aroma and flavor...and hopefully some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2013
This was called a Mild at the tasting where the growler pours with a clear gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up inviting Simcoe hop like goodness with a nice mix of citrus and spicy hops sweetened perfectly by a dash of malts. The taste is similar with a pleasing citrusy hoppy goodness and richness that somehow squeezed into this low ABV beer. To midway additional notes of mildly dank spicy hops with just enough sweet malty backbone to hold it together. Lovely rich Mild with style breaking depths.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Mug at the brewery taproom. Golden in color with a frothy white head. Light bodied with bitter hoppy flavor. Long smooth bitter finish. Less intense than the Elevated IPA, but quite good. Reminds me a bit of Pyramid Rock Pale Ale, but with different hops. Glad to have tried this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13432) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Growler poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering pine finish.

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