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Shenandoah Big Meadows Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
What itís like: World Champion American Ale, 1998 World Beer Championships. Big Meadows is brewed as an American-style India Pale Ale using a classic American hop, Cascades. The result is a full-bodied, moderately bitter beer with a prominent hoppy flavor and aroma. The beer is named for the Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park. Who itís for: Big Meadows will appeal to anyone looking for a full-bodied beer with a lot of flavor but that is not too heavy or dark. This is our most popular beer. The alcohol content by volume is 6.2 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Appearance: hazy marmalade orange, decent head, some lace. Aroma: bready, doughy malts over mellow, slightly earthy hops, a little citrus. Taste: solid, sweetish bready and malty background, giving way to even-handed bitterness. Finish: slightly piney, slightly earthy hops fade and the malt comes back again for a little curtain call. Notes: Drinks very much like an ESB. Palate was on the light side, but this was pretty solid. Of course, I am not a pale ale fan or an expert by any means, so take this rating with a grain of salt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap. Pours hazy orange with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, grainy, straw), heavy hops (floral, earthy, woody), and average esters (fruity). Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, straw, toasted), heavy hops (earthy, herbal, woody), and average esters (fruity). Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2008
Watery and thin, has a smooth creamy texture, like many of their beers seem to, but with such a light flavor, it just doesnt work. A light tingey bitterness that could be highly unpleasant if it were stronger. Not a lot of reason to like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, bright copper color; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Aroma is pretty malt-forward for a pale ale: toasty / biscuity malts and sugar; some earthy and citrus bitterness creeping in, but not much. Quite watery mouthfeel: wet tea-like malts (a bit tannic), toasty / biscuity notes, with some earthy bitterness as well; not overly generous, but nothing foul about it either; just a very drinkable, vaguely watery pale ale. Solid maltiness shows past the hops. Medium finish showing bitter earthiness, toasty malts, and some dough (the final notes seems pretty standard for all of the Shenandoah beers Iíve tried).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Rerate 11/15/09: 12 ounce bottle from the brewery, Alexandria Ale label. Pours a hazy orange color with a moderate creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, malt syrup, apples. Taste is leafy, citrus hops with a toffee background. Thin-medium bodied. 5/3/5/3/11

Original Rating: 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA, reviewed in late 2007. Pours a bronze color with nice sudsy head. Aroma of apples (can you tell its from Virginia?). The taste is a little on the bitter side, and not very complex. Virginia has much better to offer. 6/3/5/3/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle sampled at Newtown Brewfest with the Mad_Indian. Pours cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, and caramel. the flavor is sweet, caramel, and mildly bitter floral hops. Finishes a little thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Sampled at the Newtown Brewfest 07 with Stegosaurus. Mile hop/malt aroma and taste. A little thin and needs work but its not horrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a foamy retaining light tan head and copper color. Aroma is perfumy/spicy-hops, medium malt-some caramel. Taste is perfumy/spicy hops with some bitterness, earthy/wood. Medium malt-some caramel, grain/hay. OK carbonation. 3.1 Donít know/didnít know if this was bottle conditioned, but the second half was hazy copper and the taste was better, adjusting this to 3.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Cloudy dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet floral hops aroma with some caramel and dark malt. Sweet malty flavor with caramel and light bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Nice hop and spice aroma. Flavor is good, even for an "average" pale ale beer, what it may lack that it makes up for over other beers is that it tasted very fresh, which only added to the finish of the beer. Then again, I love most pale ales.

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