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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Truly the local favorite: Our American Pale Ale is a consistent First Place winner of the annual Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readerís Poll award for Best Micro Brew Beer. This extremely vivid ale stresses a crisp hop bitterness, lingering flavor and the aroma of distinctive West Coast ales. A caramel sweetness in the malt balances out the chock-full-of-hops flavor to yield a complex but quite refreshing, medium-bodied brew.

Malts: Canadian Row, Caramel 40L, Carapilis, Wheat Malt, Aromatic
Hops: Bittering (Zeus), Flavor (Zeus, Cascade), Aroma (Cascade)
Dry Hop: Cascade (at end of fermentation)
Original Gravity: 1.052
Finishing Gravity: 1.012
IBUís: 35


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
(bottle 4/11/10, courtesy of Cletus). Clear copper color. Medium off white head. Moderate grass hop aroma, with light malt and light citrus. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Very light bitter & dry finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
callmemickey (2475) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Reviewed from notes (2008) A: Transparent copper with slight off white head... S: Mostly bread-like malts, some citrus hops but nothing that pops... T: Mirroring the aroma, the bread-like malts are prevalent, there isnít much depth here as the malts are rather one dimensional, and citrus hops finish... M: Smooth medium bodied... O: Not Likely to return to this brew... disappointing when compared to other hooker beers...

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2011
This has a dark, hazy orange unfiltered look to it. The aroma is a little off - sweet in a way that suggests that the hops do not mix well with the wheat component. Somewhat bitter at start and malty sweet, cloying finish. Like some other pales, this might be very different without wheat. Hopping is not nearly as evident as it should be based on the listed description.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3300) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours light amber with average off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and hops. Taste is similar. Nice balance. Easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (2006) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Wife brought me back 5 random CT brews from sales trip. This is 1st. Pours murky orange brown. Nose is of hops, lemon, and barnyard. Taste is mildly hoppy, malty, caramel, earth, and light citrus.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Born On: ... Ugh, thereís a big smear across the digits. 2011... 0-something. 2-something. People say they want born-on dating, but half the time, itís entirely illegible. Ah well!

Appearance: Pours a hazed, filthy-looking, orangesque body with a tallish, whitish head.

Smell: Faintly sweet-scented bready pale malts with a thin, thin brushing of candied caramel with some inviting floral hints (maybe a bit of honeysuckle) and sliced sweet lemons.

Taste: Pale malts, some notions of sweetish caramel and a bit of breadiness. Floral, citrus hops with ample bitterness. Some near-resinous hints past the mid-palate. Drying, citrusy, well-carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a tad fizzy.

Overall: Simple but sufficient but not worth seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chefelf (55) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
I was expecting not to like this based on reviews. However, I found it quite enjoyable. IPAs and APAs are amongst my least favorite beers but I found this one very nice. Itís a beautiful looking beer and the flavors of lemon rind and lemon juice come across nicely. Itís not overly hoppy which is probably why I enjoyed it as much as I did.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savoyard1217 (7) - USA - DEC 6, 2010 does not count
Pours a beautiful burnt orange. Inch of foamy, light head. Very malty, but with a light, crisp finish. Bitter and sweet balance each other well. Great beer from a great state.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Pint Ė Trade - Cletus
Aroma Ė Light hops aroma with a good malt backing.
Appearance Ė Light amber in color, clear, with a thin head.
Flavor Ė Bready flavor this was malty with very little hops in the flavor.
Palate Ė Dry finish with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall Ė A decent American pale for a hot day.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (3942) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
Big thanks to LilBeerDoctor; a really fun trader; Pour is slightly darker than a pale ale and it has a small amount of brown in there. Smell is barely and dully hoppy. Thin creamy head. Taste is mildy bitter, a little more well behaved ale than many APA Iíve had lately. Donít it at least slightly annoy you when a APA comes adcross like an IPA? This it is not. Friendly and accomodating thru-out the session. A beer that at least lets you know its a beer. Goes down fairly easy and this must be due to its unstated alky level; probably below 5%. A sessionable beer, that is, if yiou are an ale lover. Not as well behaved nor friemndlier than a lager. Yep per doodle, typical ale finish with a somewhat citrus bite.


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