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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RogInVA (2) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012 does not count
The best local beer available in the Washington, D.C. area. Always fresh, crisp, flavorful, and balanced, with just the right amount of hops and barley malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Translucent light copper with a foamy white head. Rich creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: toffee malt, floral hops, subtle yeast aromatics.

Taste: rich bready malt and yeast, floral citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (473) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Blonde dorée. Beau collet blanc. Légère. Fruité. Pêche. Abricot. Fine amertume bien balancé avec un petit sucre. Bleuet. Légèrement florale. Un peu mielleuse. Très rafraîchissante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robgibbens (408) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Deep gold/copperish color with a smallish head. Somewhat buttery aroma mixed in a bready matliness. Crisp hoppy flavor. Finish is clean. Very nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VincentDamon (308) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Nouveauté à la SAQ, cette pale ale américaine de Virginie est dorée, voilée, surhaussée d’une mousse généreuse. Nez tout en agrumes, avec des notes de lime, de sel et d’eau de rose. En bouche, l’entrée est sucrée : notes de jujubes aux pêches et de sucre d’orge ; finale plus houblonnée avec la présence de pamplemousse. Excellente dans son style, cette pale ale m’a plu par son côté sucré et houblonné à la fois. À racheter! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (690) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Really dug this for an APA. Aroma was crisp hops, nice citrus notes of orange, lemons, grapefruit, fantastic. Flavor is similar, super crisp, bitter citrus all around. Lighter body, but just right for the style. All I ask for in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2013
Orange-gold beer with a wonderful candied-orange peel aroma, with whiffs of honey, flowers and resin. Crisp bitterness and plain old citrus hop flavor. Useful and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2901) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
12oz bottle, honey gold color with a thick pillowy white head, and a nice mild floral tropical fruit, citrus, leafy hoppy nose, with some peach, pineapple, litchi, orange fruity accents,with a light honeyed pale, toasted malt, herbal note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild toasted, caramel malt, light flowery tropical fruit, citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy character, with some mild fruity pineapple, candied orange peel, peach, subtle panettone cake flavours, within a faint mint leaf, orange marmalade undertone, leading towards a soft lingering fruity peachy, pineapple, leafy, grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Yummy! Pours a golden yellow color with a light white head. Aroma is mild. THe flavor is really nice, fruity, almost a peachy hops. It sits well in my mouth. Good mouth feel. Very nice bittering on the back side! This is a really good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4759) - 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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