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Brewed by Pressure Drop
Style: American Pale Ale
Hackney, England

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottled; Regular. ABV varies.
NOTE: As explained by the brewery in the commercial description, this beer is often made to varying recipes with different hops. Please make sure you put your review under the correct entry. The hops used are clearly identified on the label so thereís no excuse!

Everyone likes a pale ale and weíre no different. We like to mix up the aroma hops a bit and you will find that Pale Fire comes in different versions sometimes. We have hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo, Amarillo and Citra, Nelson Sauvin and others including the legendary Hop X, an English trial-hop being developed by Dr Peter Darby at Wye Hops.


Leighton's rating

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (12280) - London, Greater London, - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Pours just slightly hazy but vibrant gold with a rich, lasting white froth head. This smells gorgeous, with loads of fresh citrus fruits, tangerine, juicy orange, some dry grapefruit. The flavor doesnít quite match the nose in terms of goodness, but itís decent. Lightly sweet with a mellow citrus character, hints of pine needles, some pale malts. Light bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Fresh and clean to finish with suggestions of white wood, lemon, tangerine, pine needles, pale malts, and grapefruit. This one starts like a rocket but fizzles out a bit as you work through it. Very drinkable, but Iím left feeling this beer could use a jolt.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2348) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2014
Keg @London Craft Beer Festival 2014, The Oval, London. 17-08-2014.
Pours cloudy golden with nice white head. Citrusy aromas. Taste is citrusy, fruity, quite dry and bitter, Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Dock. 4.8% and no mention on the bottle which hop combination this is. Very aromatic, zingy pale. A little in your face but very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (5303) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2014
21/XI/14 - on tap @ Mother Kellyís (London) - BB: n/a (2014-1361)

Note: Iím just gonna assume I had the "regular" version, it was on tap and the bartender had no clue about different versions. So there IS an excuse, I guess. :p
Clear orange beer, small creamy off-white to yellow head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet ripe fruits, bit sugary, mango, some caramel. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity start, some mango, sweet caramel, almost ripe banana, bit cheesy, nice bitterness. Aftertaste: grapefruit, cheesy touch, pretty bitter, fruity, citrus. Very loveable!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4275) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
330ml bottle: BBD 8/12/15. drank at Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury on 26/11/14. Light amber with a mini-haze and a small white head. Hoppy aroma, with citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine esters. The taste was bitter and citrus led with an undertone of tropical fruitiness: dry finish to this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (1009) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Keg @ the Fox, Haggerston. Golden and slightly sparkling. Piney resiny hop, apple and white spirit aroma. Bittersweet followed by a massively hoppy bitterness.†Long bitter finish. Not my best review but Iím drunk and I donít do backlog. Mark my words this is proper stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1355) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
330ml bottle from Lions Den, Yarm. Hazy orange amber with a white head and aroma of fragrant tropical fruits & citrus hops. Flavour is malt caramel with fruity mango and juicy orange rind citrusy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry tangy hoppy bitter finish. Very drinkable APA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2253) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Keg at Draft House. It may well have specified the hops, but I obviously wasnít paying attention. Cloudy orange, opaque, small white head. Aroma has some light orange peel. Body is medium, spritzy carbonation, not foamy. Taste is citrussy soda water, hay, light bitterness. Nice enough APA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1056) - USA - OCT 20, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought from Deliciously Different in Belgium. Beautifully hoppy beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2014
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Bierfestival Mechelen 2014. Light oily golden. Nose is fruity oily hops, white grapes, light pine, juicy citrus. Taste is oily white grape, grapefruit, light tropical fruits, touch pine, faint mango, light candy. Oily, very easy to drink. Very lovely, easy drinking beer. Nice work.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1298) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle, birthday present from Lakshmi. Pours a hazy orangey amber colour, medium foam. Very aromatic, fruity hops, passion fruit, peach, some citrus. A fairly sweet pale ale, medium bitter finish. Tasty stuff. The best Iíve had from this brewery, and also the most íconventionalí; there may be a lesson in there.


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