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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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With a bright malt body and bold notes of citrus and pine from the hop blend including citra and simcoe, this hoppy American ale is the perfect accompaniment to summer in Maine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6162) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Parksy. Pale lemony yellow, hazy, topped by a medium white head that fades quickly to a diaphanous sheet. Aroma is grassy with some grapefruit notes, underlying straw, a bit barny. Light mouthfeel, lightly citric and grassy as alluded by the nose. Finish is dry. It seems the operative word here is "light", but it was still quite a drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slubgob (172) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle into tulip glass. Basic yellow white head that lingers. Some hops on the nose. Light body, hops are dominant flavor but even they’re quiet. Essentially Dale ’s Ale turned down s few notches. Decent but unremarkable in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9842) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC - picked up at RSVP in Portland. Pours lightly hazy, deep gold with a frothy white head. Nose of dirt, orange and bread. Light to medium sweet flavor, some further orange, mild bread, slight pine needles. Light bodied with fine, subtly creamy carbonation. Simple finish, some bread, low bitterness, mellow orange citrus. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joet (2055) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Light pale clear golden fine white foam herbal citrus bitter. Would be nicer with reduced bitterness slight tropical with cleaner hop extraction, dry hopping. Still very nice. Slightly creamy feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy hops and their grassy resins quickly fade into this Pale Ale’s bubbly, lean body before leaving room for a shortlived finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the misty pale blond; there isn’t much retention here.
-This is obviously easy drinking material, but it is neither bright nor compelling enough to keep me interested for the duration of the bomber.
-The poorly defined malts have corn-like edges.
-My expectations were quite high for this one (I love low-gravity brews of any kind and I like everything else from Rising Tide so far), so this one was quite the disappointment. I’ll stick to their Ishmaël or Ursa Minor.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4167) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes to hug rim leaving trailing sheets. Citrus, yeast and tropical fruit aromas. Sweet yeasty caramel upfront turning slightly sour before the dry grapefruit pith finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2443) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Fresh pine hops with some grapefruit pith and strawberry in front of sweet pale ale malt. Hazy dark gold under a lacy white ring. Fresh pine and herbal strawberry hops flavour with some dry pale ale malt and a gentle, woody bitterness. Light body, moderate to medium carbonation, clean finish. Soda watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1437) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Amber pour with off-white head. Aroma is piney hops, touch of citrus. Taste is piney hops, nice malt backbone. Nice balanced beer. Leaves a nice aftertaste with a hint of citrus. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Jay shared at Paul’s July 2013 tasting. Pours a clear golden body with white lacing. Aroma is yeast, spice, lemon and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of lemon peel, spice, citrus fruits and faint musk. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1042) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
650ml bottle. Poured slightly hazy gold. Sweet fruity and grapefruit aroma. Taste has a grapefruit hop, but it is not intensely bitter. Taste has enough peach and sweetness to balance the grapefruit hop. Crisp body. Overall, one of the better hoppy lighter ale I’ve had this year.

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