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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hold onto your seat. You are about to enjoy a Full Nelson Pale Ale, handcrafted in the bold new tradition of real American beer. Brimming with raw hop flavor, Full Nelson weighs in at 15 Plato and 60 IBUs.

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3.4
hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
From a 12 oz can courtesy of Strykzone. Poured a clear amber color with a nice white head. Nose of lightly roasted caramel mats with floral hops and some fruitiness. Medium body with smooth creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly roasted malts with floral and fruit hops. There is a good bitterness in the flavor and it finishes bitter. Quite a nice APA.

2.6
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(12oz can, courtesy of blutt59) clear amber, tan bubbles that are creamy. Nose of onion, candied citrus, smells very odd to me. Taste of grapefruit, decent balance, very bitter as it warms with a bad linger though.

3.6
HighlanderOne (1393) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Poured from bottle. Aroma of hops, malt and ocean. Dark amber, tan head. Floral and pine hop flavors dominate, with molasses, nut, grass, hay. Dry, crisp feel. Malt more noticeable toward end. Well done.

2.8
nelsonbrews (16) - charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
an acceptable pale ale. . . a bit watery. smelled and tasted like the hops had oxidized a bit.

2.7
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On cask at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass. Pour brings a reddish-hued copper-colored brew with a very slight white head. Given that it’s a full glass, I drank it down a bit and swirled. Not much head creation--just a few bubbles that didn’t last for all that long. The nose was a bit plain with some moderate floral and herbal hops and a bit of bready malt beneath. The taste was interesting with a rather potent front-end bitterness without any real hop flavor or bitterness in the finish, though it was fairly dry. Feel consisted of a medium body with moderate levels of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing too special about it. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 01-27-2011

3.7
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Deep copper with a white, two-finger head. Excellent lacing. Pine and citrus aromas. Solid melted caramel malt aroma too. Hops aren’t huge in the smell. Nicely sweet with a bitter twang. Hops are evenly balanced with sweet malts. Hops have pine and juicy grapefruit. Subtle hops but they provide a very juicy mix with the malts. Aftertaste is dry from the malts not the hops.

3.5
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tap. Pours clear copper with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

3.4
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
04-Aug-08 and 28-Sep-08 (12-oz bottles, Enjoy by October, 2008: Free sample bottles for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Upon pouring this slightly hazy, golden-amber beer, the mildly aromatic nose is malty, caramely, a little sweet-smelling and fruity, with dusty, earthy hops in the background. On the palate, the entry is decidedly malty and caramely with moderate sweetness level and lightly bitter, resiny hops. But almost immediately, the hops become more assertive and eclipse the malty backbone, coming across as quite earthy, but also much more piney and weedy than the aroma suggests. But over time, the nose changes, offering more of that earth and resiny pine aroma, especially the latter. Medium-full in body and medium in carbonation, the bitterness and finishing dryness from the hops keeps the palate clean and refreshed. The modest, chill-induced haziness clears up completely as the beer warms. The inch-tall layer of off-white head gradually settles to a thin, but complete cap. Random patches, rings and strands of lacing decorate a large portion of the glass. All in all, this is a nicely balanced and reasonably complex IPA, very flavorful and quite enjoyable despite the slight "green" weediness of the finish. The solid malt base is always important for a hoppy IPA, maintaining the requisite balance, but in this case, it also brings focus toward the impressively balanced flavors, preventing one from getting stuck on the slight weediness of the finish. A solid IPA.

3.4
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
(12oz can, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, earth, and grass. Flavor of caramel malt, pine, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.

3.1
blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
canned, thanks to dkachur in trade, orange amber color with piney malt and hop aroma, flavor of citrus, some metallic , bitter finish


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