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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
One of the original beers made by the brewery was Fair Weather Pale Ale. When the brewery was an unknown entity we had a really hard time selling this beer. It is a beer crafted after classic UK and US Colonial ales: Pale, malty, plenty of yeast character, limited hop character, and easy drinking. It’s important to remember that ales were seen as a beverage safe to drink in times when cities were crowded, sanitization was poor, and wells were shallow and open. This style of beer is very different from what is now seen as the classic West Coast microbrewery pale ale. To truly enjoy this beer, first pour between 1/2 and 3/4 of a glass (if you love more foam, pour down the middle. For less foam, sneak the beer down the side of the glass). Now look at the beer and take a look smell of the aromas. Note the pale, clear, with a moderate, but persistent head. Take a sip along with a deep inhale of the aromas and the first perception is a smooth creaminess of malt flavor finished by a balanced bitterness. It is not surprising that this beer is a hit with our audiences that truly give it a careful try. Like many Lightning beers, you have to experience Fair Weather Pale Ale and then ponder its appearance, aromas, and flavors. It may take a while to pull them apart to think of where they come from. Just think yeast fermenting malt with some hops added for balance. I am sure you will appreciate the hand-crafted appeal of Fair Weather Pale Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Pitcher with Bartzilla at Hamburger factory. Not a bad Pale Ale. Pretty standard, some nice hop spice, with a good balance between the hops and malt. Extremely easy to drink. A nice summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Taster at the brewery in Poway. Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a finger-width, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is grainy and bready with a deeper and crisper hop. A mix of citrus and melons with a touch of honey sweetness. Flavor is similar with a bit of yeast spice to go along with the balanced flavor. Dry finish with a spicy malt aftertaste. Full bodied and smooth. Overall, the brewer said this was supposed to be an English style pale ale, so I didn’t expect it to be over the top. Not bad for the style at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Cask @ Pizza Port Real Ale fest 2009. Pours a deep golden orange with a small off white head. Nose was faint herbal hops, a little more like an ESB than a pale. Solid roasted malt backbone. An ok beer from a pretty damn good brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
On cask at stone bistro. Pours a hazy yellow/orange, with creamy white head. Bitter hops, grapefruit, caramel malt, grain, sweetness, and citrus. Fairly bitter and thicker mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours orange with an off white half finger head. Nose is slightly hopped. Taste is slightly hoppy, a bit too bitter for a pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
(On tap) I was not terribly impressed with this brew. I tend to prefer American pale ales to other hoppy beers, and I liked the hop aroma of this beer and the strongly hopped character of it...but I felt that the malt was a little bit funky tasting. The beer seemed too heavy, and had a slight sour taste that I usually only encounter in the more poorly executed brews. This was not nearly as crisp and refreshing as APA’s normally are. Too sweet, too sour, too heavy. Overall a disappointment and I would not get this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
On tap at Callahans. Pours a clear light orange hue with minimal head. Nose is subtle grains, light fruits, and candy bubblegum. Taste is sweet breads, grassy hops, light fruits, finishes dry. Medium-bodied with thick texture and overly prickly carbonation. A bit unbalanced for the style, hops and fruits dominate the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
ON atp at Hamiltons. Sweet breay aroma and taste with a nice honey and light fruit taste clear golden with a fizzy white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
On-tap at PP C’Bad. Their board said this was an IPA. Anyway, what do I know. Pours hazy, straw yellow with a medium size white head. Smells of faint, citrus hops and light crisp malts. Tastes light citrus hoppy with big light, sweet, slightly caramel malts.Medium body, ok carbonation.

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