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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
This handcrafted American Pale Ale is brewed in small batches using high quality American two row, choice British crystal malts, select hops and deep-well ground water from the Evangeline Aquifer. Non-filtered, never pasteurized this ale is packaged directly into cans to ensure maximum freshness for your enjoyment. This full-flavored amber ale is sure to satisfy. "Clarity is overrated."

Malt: Rahr special pale, Simpsons 30-37, Crisp 45
Hops: Galena, CTZ, Palisades
Yeast: California Ale
Gravity: 1.054 - 1.011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Can. Pours a clear copper-red with an intense white head that is frothy and long-lasting. Nose is fresh pine needles until the head begins to subside, letting forth some more citrus-hop aromas and a candy-like sweetness. Full-flavored hop profile, lots of pine and citrus rind, with mild bitterness, caramel, and a light woodsiness. Sharp palate, smooths out towards the end. A really nicely put together pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10801) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
Bottled at Papsoes Blind tasting 19th. June 2008 no 8: Golden/amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Herbs, citurs, light caramel and flowers in the aroma. Flavour of herbs, flowers and citrus. Light pine. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Bitter and fruity end. Nice and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1583) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2008
16oz can. Dark brown, but it looks filtered. Thick white chunky head. Nice hop nose with some graininess. Full mouth with a moderate hop profile. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
(Can 47,3 cl) Courtesy of MaltOMeal. Clear amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fresh and piney aroma - quite hoppy. Medium in body with light caramel accents, pine notes and a fairly dry and bitter finish. 190608

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23811) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
Botte #8 at Papsoes blindtasting. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grape fruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36043) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle. Papsoes MadsBerg homecoming blindtasting, bottle #8. Pours almost clear and golden orange with a lacing white head. Dry pinewood hops aroma. Flavour is with a dry malt base and a solid bitterhops and wooden flavour. Ends light fruity and dry hoppy with a slowly increasing caramel malt presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2008
Can. [After party @ Papsoe, thanks buddy] Average fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Amber color. Aroma of mild hoppy and malty notes. Some fruity feel as well. Over the palate came hint of grain and bread, sweet toasted malt and caramel with some underlying floral bitterness. Light to medium bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Bitter hoppy and malty sweet mix finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Pours reddish orange and just a wee bit cloudy. Smallish beige head. Smells surprisingly malty - toasty and smoky, with some citrus in the background. Much more hoppy in the flavor, with a lot of citrusy, flinty flavors. Plenty of smoky, toasty flavors, too. Really tasty. Thanks to KAggie97 for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRoche00 (4) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008 does not count
16 oz. poured from a can into a iced tea glass. Good head that holds well. Nice copper amber color and good clairity. Great hop presence in the nose with plenty of pine and resin. Flavor has some smooth up front bitterness but isn’t overpowering at all. Finishes crisp with flavorful lingering bitterness that doesn’t bite. Good balance between malt and bitterness. In my experience, a pale ale can scare away casual beer drinkers who are turned off by bold hops, but this beer is easy to drink and very tasty and refreshing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Pours from the can into my Tripel Karmeliet glass with a three-finger plus, frothy, light tan colored head. The head is quite creamy textured, leaves some nice lace on the sides of my glass and never entirely dissipates; just about perfect for a pale ale. The beer is a clear, ruddy amber color that shows a lightly hazed, fully red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is juicy with hop aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tangelo and a bit of lychee. Substantial malt aromas influence the finish with notes of caramelized malt sugars, biscuit aromatics, . While quite hoppy, I really like the substantial malt character in the nose, it makes this beer all that more complex.

Biting hops are noticeable from the first, the bitterness and pine-like hop notes scrub the tongue as the beer slides down my throat and the bitterness lingers on as it clings to my palate. My second sip is balanced a bit more by the malt character that adds more balancing sweetness and a slight viscous heft to the body that helps to balance the hop onslaught. This is a hop focused beer though and the hop notes clearly dominate the flavor profile. Flavors of sweetened grapefruit, lychee, bergamot and tangelo are joined by more aggressive herbal, but secondary, notes of pine, light hemp oil and a touch of menthol. The malt character gets a touch astringent towards the finish (some of the hop notes accentuate this) though mostly has a toasted, bread crust like, interesting malt character to it. Perhaps a touch heavy for a Pale Ale, but it still is fairly quaffable.

This is quite big for a Pale Ale, the alcohol bears this out, but having said that it is still quite tasty. I definitely like the mix of dominant hop notes that are balanced quite well by a noticeable malt presence.

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