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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5502) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Port City. Slightly hazy golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light citrus, floral notes, slight malt. Tastes of citrus, light floral notes, malt, biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
falco242 (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2016
UPDATED: APR 15, 2016 Nothing really noticable about this one...a bit of citrus and hops, but nothing strong. Kinda danky and just finishes without a note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours and orange color with a lacy white head. Notes of sweat, grass, orange citrus, and some skunkiness. Nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Msdrbeat (347) - Darnestown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap at Port City. Apricot in aroma. Slightly cloudy and pale. Just hop forward enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7053) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Newport News, VA - Total Wine - 12 oz bottle. Slight haze to the medium golden pour, nice bubble action, soft snow white head with a nice film of lacing. Aroma has some slight spearmint accents, a touch of white grape fruitiness. Flavor is solid, standard pale ale, refreshing with some grainy notes, a hint of pear-like fruitiness, just a slight bitter citrusy back end. Mouthfeel has a nice fullness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4482) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015 in Denver. In the tasting glass was a rich gold with nice white foam. Nose of floral hops. Medium in body. Flavor is rich clean malts with a good does of floral hops. Bitter finish. Quite nice. A pint of this would be welcome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5284) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle from Chevy Chase Supermarket. Nice golden body with medium head. Nose is hoppy, spicy, Taste has malts, spices, floral notes. Quite punchy texture. Enjoyable, hoppy finish. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3993) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2015
12 oz bottle with a packaged date of May 15 2015. Hazy golden body looks like unfiltered apple cider but has a durable head that leaves some lacing. Fruity and herbal hop aroma is a bit too earthy, but the fruit and herbal elements shine in the taste. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (300) - Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Cloudy dark gold. Aroma Grapefruit pine and bread. Taste - citrus and softer fruit almost peach

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1234) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice blend of citrus, hops and some malt tossed in. Appearance- A murky golden color with some sediment and a small off-white colored head. Taste- Nice blend of hops and citrus, nice example of an APA. Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Overall- A good APA, I would order this again.

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