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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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This Pale Ale was brewed to celebrate the head brewers wedding, but enjoyed by everyone, no ball & chain required. Marris Otter as a base malt and Citra as a bittering and aroma hop. 1.051 SG 1.009 FG


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at the source. Pours with a large white head over a clear golden hued body. Aromas are floral, grainy, light citrus. Flavors are lightly nutty, grainy first, floral citrus, a bit weak. This might be a slightly older batch. Watery, thin and dry. Wasn’t their best hoppy beer on that day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Sample from growler at DLD (thanks Kan). Pours a golden/light brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was citrus favoring grapefruit and tangerine with light notes of grainy bread. The flavor has a nice base of bready malt with ample citrus hops that favor grapefruit and tangerine. Grassy notes throughout. This was a nice diversion in between so many big beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Sampled at DLD 2011 from a keg that Kan brought. Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of bread, strong aromatic hops, citrus and tropical fruit. Strong hop notes with some sweeties malt character. Flavor has a lot of citrus, mostly orange and tangerine, along with some tropical fruit notes. Good body, nice carbonation. Very delicious and likable pale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Growler shared by Kan at DLD11. Thanks man! Golden yellow with a white head. Citrus and grains in the aroma. Light malts sweet citrus flavors. Some dry bitterness. The aroma is better than the flavor but good overall. 8/3/7/3/15

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
growler shared by kan at dld ’11. pours godlen white head. nice big citra nose, green with grapefruit resin. Flavor is grassy and hop resin, grapefruit, clementines, bitter chauky finish., good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Pizza port ball and chain. growler thanks to my man tim..... Pours a medium copper penny transaprent orangey brownpour with a thin to medium just off-white head... Aroma of crisp citrusy and dankness all for the very hop forwardness for a an american pale..... Flavors are much of the same with an emphasis on west coast tropical fruitiness, not as much as th aroma suggests, but nice nonetheless. Small bready malt backbone to coincide with the aforementione. Small to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Tasteful and light between all the heavy hitters.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Growler shared at DLD. I think Kan brought it? Pours a nice glowing amber hue, maybe a shade or two darker with frothy offwhite head atop that stays moderate sized, soapy lacing coats my glass. Aromas are bready malts, pale malts, grains, moving into bigger citrus and resinous pine, florals and grass. Surprisingly quite piney, with lemons, grapefruit bringing up the tail end. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, preaching fairly large hop profile: lemon, grapefruit, resinous pine, some fruity peach and moving into some light malty backbone with bread, toast, and grains. Finish dries out with bigger citrus and pine, a healthy hopping takes this bad boy into the finish. It’s pretty damn hoppy for an APA. I liked it, but around some of the other beers of the day it could easily be left out. Upper tier APA in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3048) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2011
Tried as a sampler at the Monk. This one was the fourth on the tray and it was good and would have been better earlier in the tasting. Citra stands out and enjoying this more and more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Growler pour at DLD from Kan. Thanks! Okay, I have to admit I wasn’t fair to this one. I was drinking fresh Zombie Dust side by side with this. There was a breadiness about the aromatics and some softer hop character, almost tending towards German hops with light citrus components. Lacking the bright tropical fruit notes typical of Citra. On taste, a pleasing and balanced bitterness and a refreshing hop character. Malt body is really nice, perhaps overwhelms the hop flavor somewhat. A good beer, just wasn’t fair to have it side by side with Zombie Dust, that’s all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
On tap in OB. Light ber with stringy white head. Nose is light west coast ipa pondered hops. Taste is sweet ipa up front to pale ale in the back. Bartender said it was 4.5 abv but Changed mind to 5. Great beer! Wish it was 4.5 it would be best session beer ever.


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