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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This crisp golden ale is built on the foundation of delicate light malts. This allows us to showcase some of the most interesting and effervescent American hops in a way we have never before done. We saved over 75% of the hops used in this recipe to add after the batch was boiled, allowing the distinct fragrance of grapefruit, apricot and pine to be preserved as much as possible in the finished beer. With a crisp, but subtle bitterness, a refreshingly light malt character, and a 4.5 ABV, this is the perfect warm weather beverage for those who think flavor is just as important as refreshment.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 5/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice rings of soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, floral, grass, herbal, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bright hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice bright hop flavor balance with a light-moderate malt balance; with minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good hoppy blonde ale. Good complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
on tap-white-pale yellow. A-spice/pine, some lt malt. T-spice/pine hops, some lt malt. Crisp.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daytonbeer (582) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours hazy yellow with white bubbly head and tons of lacing. Aroma of citrus and grass. Taste is light fruit and grapefruit. Very bitter on the backend. Good session.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geeklimit (131) - USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours a clouded pale straw, strong carbonation with a foamy head. Strong aroma of grapefruit with malt undertones. More bitter than you’d expect from an American Pale Ale, strong flavor of grapefruit with slight fruit. Sparkly bitter aftertaste with a slightly sticky mouth-feel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Aroma is light pine, spicy and slightly perfumed fruit. The flavor is fruit, light grapefruit, hop resin notes,malts and a bitter/dry/tangy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Sampled at enls. Hazy white gold. Minimal head. A nice hop forward bite is citeus and floral. Light malts. Nice session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Sample at Pint House during a tap takeover. Cloudy dark golden color with a medium foamy white head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of floral hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of grassy hops, toasted malt and citrus. The finish is mildly bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle sample at the Upland tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/25/13. Pours clear gold with a thick off-white head. Piney and grassy hop nose with a bit of malt. Flavor starts malty, then turns to grassy and slightly spicy hops before a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1210) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pretty nice. Gold-amber pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet with some hops. Body is light with a mild flavor. Great hop profile that compliments the sweet finish. Great summer offering.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Draft. Poured a cloudy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop and soft malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a friend as a session beer.


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