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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This crisp, zesty American Pale is characterized by the sharp bitterness missing in many domestic pale ales. The clean finish and slight fruity notes help make our flagship brew a delightful treat.

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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (9426) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours slightly hazy orange with white head, aroma has notes of some caramel, pine, touch of oxidized hops with a touch of bread, earth. Taste is slight caramel, bread, with some grass and pine, finishing slightly bitter. Not bad, but a bit of off flavor ruins a good thing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottled. Poured clear medium golden with a short cap of white head. Aroma picked up some darker leafy notes along with cereal notes, a pinch of lemon zest, and some floral. The flavor had sweet cereal and caramel notes at the base supporting primarily pine and floral bitterness and some light fresh fruits.. rather tasty. Medium-bodied with nice balance between the sweets and the bitters.. little slick on the back-end. Tasty brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright yellow-golden color with a small foamy off white head. The aroma was sour, tangy, faintly floral and had a light fruity hop presence. The flavor was bitter, tart and dry with moderate floral hops. Medium length dry floral hop finish. Medium body. Eh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (7106) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12 oz bottle from a recent trip up to Wisconsin. Pours a glowing golden orange pour, good haze, with a decent frothy bright white head that dies to a decent film, laces better than expected. A fiery sunset glow. Aromas are subtle touches of lemon cookies, crisp pale malts, bread, some grassy hops. Subtle, mellow, a touch soapy. Initial is mellow, light bodied. Gentle citrusy lemon, grass, moving into bread dough, pale malts, and faint toast. Touches of soap, the lemon grows a bit more as it warms with a light but refreshing hoppy quality. Overall, a bit bland for my liking. Finish is soapy, sweet pale malts, bread, touches of grass and mellow lemon. I guess its a by the book APA, with less hops than desirable. Clean and drinkable, its an ok APA. Lemon cookies, in particular Girl Scouts Lemonades, decent bitterness into the finish grows. A touch of cleaning product. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle: Hazy amber, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing, minimal carbonation. I have had this one for a while. Wow, has a distinct fruitiness to the nose. Almost like very soft peach. While it has a soft hoppiness on the tongue, it does have this fruity background. Not what I was expecting at all. A little musty or barnish, I think thats from the age. Somewhat falls off quickly, not much bitterness is there. A very light Pale Ale with some unexpected fruity aspects. Interesting. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Definitely not your West Coast style Pale Ale.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Bottle: Hazy golden hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple and noble bitter hops, orange rind, toasted bready malts, and an earthy yeast ester. The taste starts sharp and moderately bitter with a good balance of malt undertones. Mildly fruity and almost smoky at the end before another rush of bitters finishes it off. The feel is crisp and sharp with a metallic finish. An well made APA indeed and an improvement over the hefeweizen of theirs I just had. Quaffable and worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is sweet grapefruit. This smells like an IPA more than there IPA actually does. Pours a transparent goldish-orange with a decent off-white head with fair retention. Okay lacing. Initial maltiness with some caramel followed by a light to below moderate citrus hop finish. Has a rather fruity taste to it as well. Very smooth and easy drinking. Light hop aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 2006 bottle from The_Enemy, consumed on 6/8/06.
Deep orange-honey colored body is somewhat hazy, despite a careful pour. Plenty of sediment, bottle conditioned. Sweet. Tons of minute bubbles rise fiercely. Rocky, snow-white head is large, well-retained and laces very thoroughly.
Nose is a mix of Styrian Golding-like lilac notes and plenty of spicy lemon-grass notes. Just the barest hint of oranges and light grapefruit gives a slight edge. But the goldings continue to be quite juicy and up-front. Malt is very bare, with just a touch of honey graham crackers that are lightly sweet at best.
The flavor is near bone-dry, with plenty of lilac-notes and the hint of dry graham crackers seen in the nose. It adds complexity through lightly biscuity barley notes. Hop bitterness spreads forth from the initial surge of herbs and lemons (and lilacs) to really dry out the flavor (which is already quite dry), with very petal/plant-like bitterness (delicate), light lime rinds and a very lasting acid (light). Carbonation seems prickly, though not overdone. The prickliness really accentuates the hoppiness and keeps the pale malts from asserting themselves. No alcohol noted anywhere. Dry, but not watery or thin in the least. Insanely drinkable. As much as I love bone dry beers, it could benefit from a touch more honey softness and a little less acid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (6145) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Aroma is citrus, a hint of pine and malts. The flavor is citrus, slightly sweet malts and a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (6124) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours yellow / orange with a small whitish head. The aroma has lightly toasted malt, light plastic, odd fruitiness and nectar fruit. Medium / light crisp body with sharp carbonation. The beer begins with lightly toasted malt, a bit of paper and cardboard along with earthy and tree-like hops. The finish seems a bit oxidized. There is no date on the bottle to know the age. This was good, but hopefully Ill be able to have this fresher at some point and rerate it.


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