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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Packaging Color: Red
Date Released: December 10, 2012
Original Gravity: 1.0575
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol: 6% ABV

Brewer Sam Wright’s Description:
I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn’t get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
madmitch76 (22510) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
13th February 2013
Very light haze on this amber beer, little off white head. Light minerally palate, semi dry. A little sweet malt. Mild minerals. Insipid hops, barely there! Light sweet esters. Semi dry finish. Muted and dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at CPK in London. Thanks to Bruce. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. Plenty of doughy bread here, strong Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, simple bready malts, toffee, yeast. Simple, pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Golden pour with a white head. Nice citrus peel aromas, particularly orange. Floral and spicy hop notes, some pepper, hints of banana, and yeast. Somewhat dry flavor with a mild bread sweetness. Notes of banana and orange, some pepper, and a hint of grass. Floral and spicy hops, mild bitterness, and yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Closer to a pale lager, however with some yeast and slight spice character. No smell or colour and so-so drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Light amber pour, white head. Very sweet up front followed by some apple juice notes, caramel and light doughy flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
deep amber .. light head, as is the lacing .. . on the old bastard again, don’t freeze .. . light bitterness- very light fruit skin, modest yeast, and bitter caramel like monkey .. . good for a quick snort but needs more depth to be a repeat buy, but i can see what they were going for so cheers to that
.. . . Tis nary a beast alive that can outrun a greased Scottsman!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7714) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Big thanks to Sammy for this one. Pours reddish brown with fizzy head and no lasting lacing. Fairly low carbonation. Taste is boozy and a little too sugary. Smell has some florals. Finish is boozy bitter and slightly sours as the taste progresses. Oily texture. Decent but could do with a little more integration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2013
12oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange with some clumpy white head. Nose is mostly Belgian, almost like a triple, candy sugar, malt, crackers, yeast, some citrus. Flavor is nice, sweet, yeasty, raisin, orange, a little candy sugar. Slightly watery, dry finish. This reads more Belgian style singel to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (7526) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Slightly hazy golden with a foamy white head. Estery, spicy, and slightly dusty nose with some pear and pale earthy cereal grains. Peppery flavor of yeasty esters, dough, light mild herbal bitterness, sweet pale maltiness and a subtle hint of dusty spiciness with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Amber, thin frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Faint caramel malt like nose.   Moderate sweetness up front, pale breadiness.   Not sure what about this is Belgian.   Does have a very faint mustiness to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   As it warms a bit more of the musty Belgian profile comes out.   Minor hop, still with a soft bready background.   Lingering caramal and faint mustiness.   Not bad, not as Belgian like as I would have liked tho.   Thanks for the bottle Bill!

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