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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Essential Pale Ale is a deep golden color with hop aroma reminiscent of fresh fruit. The pleasing bitter taste from American hops is balanced with English and German malts, and offers a complex full flavored character that is smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3431) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2014
12 oz. Lightly hazy, burnt orange with a lasting disc of beady foam. Mild nose is caramel, lemongrass and toast. Flavor is the same mix with more citrus zest and some dry grass on the finish. Light-medium body is a little too fizzy with a high level of carbonation. Has a nice balance with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (8539) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Clear gold pour, white head. GABF pour. Some grassy hops and caramel malt. Standard pale. Nothing crazy amazing, but clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with bubbly, diminishing, white head and some mild soapy lace and some hop debris. Nose of lemon, honey, herbal tea. Medium body. Medium bitterness with a lasting herbal tea and spice finish. Strange for an APA but not a bad beer. Seems more like an English or even Belgian pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eberndt (133) - - OCT 6, 2013
Nice amber color. Not as choppy as I expected for the style but a nice crisp finish none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (387) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Rich golden colour, strong hop aroma, initial bitter hop taste, with a smooth finish. Lasting hop palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (664) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Poured from a chilled bottle. Clear yellow color, medium frothy white head. Smells of C hops. Smooth initial taste, slight hops finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle @ Blue Duck Tavern, DC. The pourís deep gold with a small head. The nose is quite bready. A bit of honey, white grape. Some summery orchard fruits. Mild caramel flavors. Angel food cake. Slightly peppery hops. Moderate bitterness. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, fine, but nothing more. Iíll have to seek out a fresher sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
August 2011. Bottle. Pours light amber with a white head. Aromas of caramel, malt, citrus. Hoppy flavors with caramel and fruit. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Draft->lager glass. Hazy gold with small white head. Aroma and taste are mild hops over malt. Pretty plain and average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4627) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle. Beautiful hoppy nose, fantastically American but not classically PNWern; explosive and juicy citrus (even pushing strong kiwi and lychee) and a floral undercurrent. Hazy golden pour with a creamy beige head. Taste is more of the same as the aroma, super juicy citrus orange and grapefruit outdistanced by the more exotic brethren, a solid caramel base but nothing is hard here. Bit of a chalky/minerally touch on the otherwise clean medium body. Light bitterness and semi-dryness, a really fruity wake-me-up that convinces me to expect good things from these guys.

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