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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 172   ABV: 5.75%
This spring seasonal is back again by popular demand. This will again be a single hop beer as in years past. This year, once again, we have chosen the Amarillo hop - one of the world’s rarest hops - grown only by Gamash Farms in the Yakima Valley. This hop was accidentally discovered growing in a Cascade hop field and was later found to be a naturally occurring variation of the Cascade hop. It is coveted for its orange, tangerine flavor and aroma profiles. This golden to copper colored ale beautifully showcases the complexities of the Amarillo hop on a malt pallet of subtle nutty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2009
Blonde with a thin, albeit resilient, head. So crisp, it’s crunchy, aroma of grapefruit, prickly pine, and citrus. Unrestrained grapefruit dominates the flavor with a fine Chinook bitterness that sates the palate without going overboard. This is a boldly flavored beer, that as far as I’m concerned, is an IPA all the way and not an APA as it is currently categorized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Taster – 2009 Washington Cask Beer Festival- Seattle, WA
Aroma: Nice IPA hops aroma with a good malt backing.
Appearance: Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big Amarillo hops flavors this was a killer IPA. Loved the flavors with the malt mix.
Palate: Dry IPA finish, with a good Mouthfeel.
Overall: A very nice IPA with huge hops this is a hard hops to tame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2009
On tap at Naked City. Nose of citrus hops, lime, orange, and some floral notes. Light sweet bready malt as well. Pours bright golden with a thin bubbly head. Flavors of juicy citrus hops, not bitter, but fruity and pleasant. Malt body is light and bready with a touch of sweetness. Super crisp finish. This would make a great session ale and a fantastic summer beer. I really enjoyed this and it was very unexpected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Biscuit malt dominates up front with some grassy hops following. Light bitterness and light all around. Just fine for a summer "fest" beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2008
5/24/08 On draught at the Brewpub. Aroma is light, sweet and floral, with excellent hop/malt note integration. Appearance is very clear gold with a medium-high maintained white head. Flavor is an even malt/hop balance with light malt sweetness and a light, but much more (vs. the aroma) earthy, grassy and spicy hop note. Mouthfeel is quite dry, medium bodied, with a spicy aftertaste that does not finish. Overall, quite good. It’s nice to see to see a Pale Ale that isn’t trying to be "IPA light", and content with a solid hot weather craft beer status.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pint at brewery. This was a perfectly refreshing spring ale. I compared it to Sierra Nevada ESB. They are very similar. This beer was on the lighter side. Amarillo hops, nice gold color and nice overall balance. I preferred it to the to the amber and the pale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
Sample tray. Amarillo hops. Lasting head on gold. Light hop scent. Light body. Strong hop flavour. Alcohol and hop finish, just a touch mediciny. Brings out the spice in the food.

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