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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
With an appealing amber color, this brew has a perfect balance of caramel malt and spicy hop flavors. The Munich malt in this recipe lends a rich mouth feel, while generous additions of Pacific-Northwest hops complete the balance. Try a pint of Pale with the Salmon Gyros, Falafel or Alameda Dip.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/7/13. Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesn’t fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesn’t look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head. S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. It’s heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well. T: By gawd, smakawhat wasn’t kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, there’s even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I don’t know at all. I’ll give it some credit - it drinks like it’s bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like it’s bigger than 5%. M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. It’s a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - it’s too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesn’t fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didn’t get in the way of the flavor profile. O: Not sure how it’s called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just don’t expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.


3.2
fiery1 (1470) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2017
Draught @ the brewery. Pours a clear amber colour with a small white head. Nose is almost rye bread-esque with some spices. Flavour has a slight caramel malt sweetness with an earthy woody bitterness.

2.5
Ferris (16067) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2017
Draft - Caramel and woody notes. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Caramel and woody bitter hops that have a dirty earthy notes.

3
stevoj (5358) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2017
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark amber, wispy head fades away. Aroma is caramel malts. At first I thought they mistook this for their Vienna, but other reviews back thus up. Taste too is malty, dry, latent bitterness. Not your standard APA, close to an amber ale.

2.6
IndianaRed (4862) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2017
On Tap ratehr dark amber for a pale ale. Thin coarse osandy head. Plenty of toasted and carmelized malts in the aroma and flavor. Modest bitterness and not much in the way of fresh hop flavor.

3.7
fajry (2157) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 7, 2017
Plechovka z Beershop.sk. Bledsia jantarova farba, biela pena. Vona sladova, sladka, jemne citeus a marhula. Chut sladova, ovocna. Jemne karamel, marhula. Dochut velmi horka, trpka. Stredne telo, stredna nasytenost.

3.6
kanaclane (495) - - JAN 6, 2017
Nez: Caramel, floral Bouche: Caramel, floral, pamplemousse, épicée, amertume franche et longue Une Pale Ale simple

3.4
MarcoDL (5089) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2016
Can. Orange pour. Aroma of pine, caramel and bitter hop. Fresh taste of pine, caramelised malt and fresh bitter hop. Solid.

2.5
rosenbergh (11653) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2016
12 oz can. BB 10/11/16. Thanks Timo A!
Hazy reddish mid-brown color with a small light tan head. Marmalade, mild dryness and malt in a messy aroma. Harsh piney hops, moderate bitterness and dry malt in a messy flavor. Leafy.

2.5
olio (10408) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2016
355 ml can.
Pours clear amber color with a large white head. Strong piney aroma, malty, resinous hops, orange. Flavor is also strong piney and resinous, malt bitterness, citric fruit notes. A bit too harsh carbonation here. As the beer warms a bit, some really disturbing vinegar notes appear. Bad.
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2.9
HenrikSoegaard (14291) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2016
Can. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.


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