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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Lilja’s Pulling Boat Pale Ale is hand-crafted using a variety of choice American two-row malted barley and Cascade hops grown in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Under strictly controlled conditions, the boiling wort is force-cooled and fermented using a selected and pure strain of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, a top-fermenting brewing yeast. After several days of fermentation at 66-68 degrees Fahrenheit, the wort is now ale. Before bottling, the ale is filtered and cold-conditioned to insure quality and freshness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
I actually found this to be a pleasant pale ale, but then I am prejudiced against the breed. This brew is far less aggressive than many of its kin, with the hops seated far back on the tongue and blended nicely with a bit of clover and wheat, with perhaps the mildest hint of citrus coming through on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear orange color. Head was fizzy and dissipated quickly. Aroma was of husky grain, white bread, and dilute molasses with a hint of grassy hops. Crisp and dry on the tongue with mild hop bitterness. More effervescent than I had expected. Tasted predominantly of husky grain and cardboard with a citrus note. Not a particularly good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a lightly hazy copper colored body with a nice white head. The aroma is spruce laden oranges. The taste isn’t very good however. Simple pale malts and slight bittering hops. Perhaps some citrus. Moderate body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. Slightly hazy body with lots of carbonation, but it still has a short-lived head. Weak aroma - honey biscuit and spruce essence. The flavor is kind of stale. Musty piney hops and dry papery pale malt. Lingering bitter finish. An underwhelming IPA for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Hazy light amber, thin soapy head. Light soapy hops. Thin aroma. Light malts. Kind of the same with the flavor. Meh... bored.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Mandarin Color with White Skin. Simple Balanced Beer...Nice Malt...Light Grains...Some Fuit and Herbal Notes..Balanced Hops...Easy Going IPA

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2007
#1023 bottle purchased from Dobby’s Worldwide Liquor in Palatine Illinois. From the singles section. Copper golden somehwhat amber with a thin short lasting white head. Nose is mostly greains and yeast with just a bit of rusty copper that must be comming from the hops. Taste is rusty coppery malty with just a bit of citrus and some cream. Tasty and just about average for an APA. Interesting find. Id love to try more from this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Pours a soft-hazed golden/amber, I’d say about 8.0 Lovibond, with a soft, creamy white head that only holds for a short time. I find a touch of berries in the aroma along with mild, sweaty yeast, broth, a dab of shoe polish and some dry hops (not to be misunderstood as "dry hopping" in its traditional sense, but more as in how dried oregano loses some of its potency and character). I find it interesting that the hop flavor I encounter is not like the citric nor piney PNWs I’m accustomed to in American IPAs, but rather bitter and herbal as in a German Pilsener. Soft in the mouth, this bitterness proves gentle yet solid and finishes with a twist... those berries I found in the aroma return for a final touch of fruitiness. I agree with the current percentiles which have this beer ranking low as an IPA yet fairly well overall.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
More like a flat APA than an IPA. The body’s a golden amber with a small, quickly vanishing head. The aroma is quite mild, grainy malt with a light citric smell. Flat, and I can find no "Best By" date on the bottle. The taste is balanced like an APA soft malts with a grapeffruit bitterness. Dull.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
locarboy (129) - USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours hazy gold color with smallish white head that dissapates to a thin film. Slight smell of hops with some grainy notes. Bitter flavor that does not overpower nor impress. Not much hop flavor. The bitterness sticks around. I expected more. If this is considered an IPA it needs to do more in both the hop flavor and malt department. But maybe the brewer covered him/herself when he/she claims on the label that it is "traditional Wiisconsin..." I think this might be an okay beer to introduce someone who is beginning to experience craft brews. For the price I was a bit disappointed. Give me Red Hook products at $5/six over the $8/six for this.

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