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Brewed by Carlow
Style: American Pale Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Keg& bottles, regular.Dry hopped for extra aroma, this pale ale has a light malt base with just the right mouthfeel to allow the hop character to predominate. Grapefruit like bitterness is full and lasting and is balanced by a zesty citrus burst of aroma from two late additions of cascade hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6314) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle, best before July 2016, drunk 1/8/16.
Copper-golden body is clear and well-carbonated with an off-white head atop that shows moderate retention.
Floral, lightly citrusy hops are definitely prominent in the nose, but are atop a layer of rather bready/papery malts that seem quite dull. A hint of metal, perhaps, but otherwise clean, with no alcohol and (at least) no resin or aggressive hop character.
Pretty mindless drinking, with highly attenuated malts leaving behind a somewhat scratchy/husky texture. Hop bitterness is mild and the light grapefruit zest, fresh dill and cucumber-like hop character remains, though there are touches of soapiness. A worthy effort, but the Irish seem better suited to brewing delicious stouts.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle out of one of my Christmas selection boxes. Orange gold with a frilling collar. Bouquet of wicker, orange boiled sweets, privet and adhesive. Dry hopped IPA?? Doesn’t smell like one. Non-committal soapy regurgitated peach boiled sweet flavour. Had such high hopes for this having not tasted any Irish non-macro stuff for about 5 years and it’s a total washout. Feels stale and sun damaged and it’s over a year in date. Zero hop. Get me a Gwince.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1486) - Valby, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2016
Moderate foam. Lovely inviting aroma of bright biscuit and a little flower that is comfortable with honey. The taste is full-bodied with a lovely touch of honey, flowers, pine and citrus. It is an extremely good pale ale that tastes just fine with many small undertones of the aforementioned flavor notes without any of them being dominant. Very nice and well-brewed pale ale which all flavor notes give each other space and roominess. I am excited.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4733) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Vibrant golden beer with a strong whitish head. The aroma is well hopped with some yeastiness, and the flavour is deeply hopped and very dry with some smooth toffee elements. Overall a nice well hopped ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2015
12 oz bottle from Total Wine and More The ale poured a hazy light amber with small off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma was a grassy hops and some pale malts. The ale has a medium body and soft carbonation. The ale had more flavor as it warmed up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (3047) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Draft - nose is oranges. Sip ads lemon zest. Malty backbone. Hoppy aroma but not very bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (378) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Slightly murky light copper beer with a thin bright white head that recedes quickly. Nose of unbaked biscuit dough mixed with floral honey and sprinkled with heather. The flavor has more of a hoppy profile with pretty strong citrus and pine resin flavors bolstered by a tiny bit of honey sweetness at the end. Not sure if it’s the combination of flavors or if there’s something else there, but the aftertaste turns into something soapy, which brings everything down a bit. Decent beer, but not great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
idlewoodarian (10) - FRANCE - DEC 17, 2015
Une bière légèrement amère mais relativement fruitée. Houblon, raisin et citron. Rien de renversant, mais rien à redire.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LazyPyro (846) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 500ml bottle. Very clear golden colour with a small creamy white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty, doughy/bready - not too keen on that part. Flavour is also very hoppy with a fruity bitterness, citrusy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14771) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle from Dart at Stateline. Pours bright gold with a large creamy white head. Citrus aroma. Med body with a lot of carbonation that left quickly. Flavor is citrus, sort of grapefruit rind, sort of zesty, with some malt support that’s a bit different from what I usually find. Drinks easily.


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