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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A refreshing sessionable pale ale made exclusively utilizing Cascade hops from start to finish. The citrus and grapefruit hop characteristics balanced with a clean malt body makes it difficult to have just one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Pour from a 12 oz bottle, 6 pack from Hardings. Clear golden brew with a slightly off white head. Nice aroma dominated by citrus and floral hops with hints of caramel and spice. Taste is excellent - hops forward with citrus hops present right at the start of the swallow, but a solid malt background there as well. Hops get more complex with floral, spice and a little cereal taste coming forward. Finish is very dry, lingering citrus and cereal. A most excellent APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Cask pour at Day/Night of the Living Ales 2013 at Goose Island - Wrigleyville (Chicago, IL). Pours a lightly hazed straw yellow hue, touches of inviting golden glow. Firmer bubbly whitish head atop dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are gentle citrus, lemon and orange, some grass, florals, bready malts. Initial is firmer bitter hops, resiny and florals, some lemon citrus and rind come into play. A bigger bitterness, small malt bill offer up. Middle is bigger bitterness, big florals, bitter earth, grass and lemons, some grapefruit. Mellow bready malts, straw, crisp grain. Backend is bitter, dry, resiny, a touch cereal grain offers up. Dry and bitter, dandelions, florals, grapefruit and lemons. Bigger bitterness and raw feel up front tapers off, dry and richer. Nice. Really fun find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Pleasant pale alt, citrus rind, and citrus marmalade scent. Flavor has a grassy bitterness, pleasant malts, and citrus rind. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with some pretty dank feeling hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance of dank citrus and floral/pine hop flavors; with a light amount of malt balance and some moderate astringent bitterness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming after the finish. Overall this was a good session pale ale. Good balance of hop flavors, and very smooth to drink. The astringent bitterness knocked this down a bit, but otherwise it was an enjoyable pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Draft at uccellos with grays. Orange cloudy foamy. Citrus and grapefruit aroma and taste. Slight bitter. Overall perty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5839) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Aroma is citrus, bready malts and a hint of tropical fruit/kiwi. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, malts and a very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (2076) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Aroma and taste were "hoppy" for an APA. Slightly cloudy blond color. Lots of flavor for 4.9% ABV!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Was the "Mystery Beer" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan for the week of February 3rd at a price of $3 a bottle. Since I had it straight from the bottle, I canít speak for the appearance of this one... Smell: From the get-go I can tell you that in the smell and taste this beer just had that "wet trunk" vibe, which Iíve had in a few beers. Itís a really musky, dank aroma, and itís hard to really explain what else it smells like. Taste: Much like the smell... almost exactly. The finish has is pleasant and not very bitter with a nice flavor of malts left on the tongue. Pretty much beginning to end though, Pathfinder has that trunk-like flavor. The feel is nice -- nicely carbonated. If this beer wasnít as carbonated as it is, I think it would get a much lower rating from me, as I think it would then just taste like trunk mildew... An average APA. Iím absolutely glad that I tried it, but itís just a fairly weak beer. Pretty forgettable. On the other side of things, I look at it like... itís a much better APA than the crappy ones Iíve given low ratings to. Thatís why it gets the rating it gets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
Golden beer out of the bottle with a small white head. Light malty nose with some hop resin notes. Well balanced pale ale with some biscuit and cracker flavors and a tastey citrus hop bitterness. Easy drinking sessionable pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophaze (192) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden brown with medium head and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops. Average APA that finishes with a little too much malt for my liking, especially for an APA ----Hophaze out

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