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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 doesnt fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesnt 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. Its 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 wasnt 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, theres 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 dont know at all. Ill give it some credit - it drinks like its bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like its bigger than 5%. M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. Its a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - its too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesnt fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didnt get in the way of the flavor profile. O: Not sure how its called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just dont expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fajry (2019) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kanaclane (455) - - JAN 6, 2017
Nez: Caramel, floral Bouche: Caramel, floral, pamplemousse, pice, amertume franche et longue Une Pale Ale simple

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (4692) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (11435) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olio (9999) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (13885) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (6022) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2016
Brown orange, beige head, aroma of marmalade, orange, fruits, bread, bitter flavor, orange, bread, nice, medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (1111) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2016
ABV 5.0%. 65cl bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam and poured into a snifter glass at home on 22-Oct-2016. Hazy reddish amber colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, summer fruit and pine. Light to medium body and heavily carbonated. Taste of caramel malt, melon, peach and citrus. Light fruity sweetness, and slightly tart. Medium hopped and bitter - great lacing. Pretty nice APA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinivini (2052) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 13, 2016
Can. Huge dense head. Nectary malts, melon, tropical fruit on nose. Light to medium body. Dry hoppy taste. Fruity. Grapefruit. Medium bitter. Decent APA.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (1462) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016

Aroma:
Slight aroma of malts, caramel, fruit and hops.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque amber/orange beer with a slight/medium off-white/beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with hops.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. Sweet and malty with a slight fruit flavour, but that is all it has. Looks good, is decent overall but lacks anything having to do with aroma and flavour.


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