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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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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3.7
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle carefully poured to my 1/2 pint taster so as not to rouse the finger width of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, thus displaying a bright, clear, orangy gold color, with a persistent, white, frothy head, and equally lasting, curtainy lacing. The aroma was light, estery/syrupy sweetness, tangerine, and a touch of ruby/red grapefruit. The flavor initially presented a little grain & biscuit, then potent, earthy, rind-like, lingering hop bitterness that dominated the malt, yet was subtly smoothed by it. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. A good example of a hop strong, yet nicely sessionable Pale.

2.9
Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A decent pale ale but with a somewhat soapy bitterness in the finish. Pretty though with a long lasting head.

3.1
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Reasonably tasty golden pale ale, with a decent floral hop nose and an average palate. The finish gives a sense of bitterness but the hops on the front side are very restrained. Not a West Coast pale ale, for sure, and that’s mostly a good thing.

3.6
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mix a six at the Festival in Onalasaka, Wisconsin. Jul bottled on notched on the label. The pour is a lightly hazed orange golden with a one inch light tan head. The aroma is dank, light orange citrus, floral and general dusty bitterness. The taste is a nice blend of dank floral herbal hops and toasted lightly sweet malt. Crisp clean taste. The palate is light to medium bodied, clean, with a slight mineral dry finish. Dank, bitter earthiness lingers nicely. Tasty one, I enjoyed this.

3.7
sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
Pours a clear amber with a foamy off-white head and nice lacings. Bitter with lots of hoppy grape fruit aromas. Medium bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Long bitter finish.

2.9
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2006
12oz bottle- A copper body with a not so evident off white head. An aroma of hops and fruit with a taste of hops and malt. Not bad.

3
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Hazy golden yellow with a medium quickly fading off-white head. Aroma of pale malts, earthy hops, light skunk, mild citrus and caramel. Taste of earthy hops, light caramel and some citrus. Mild bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stood out about the beer either way.

3.6
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
12 oz bottle

I’ve now worked my way through half of a mix-six Central Waters pack. It was a game time decision between this and the IPA, and this won. Aromas I picked up included floral hops, fruity tones and apple juice. The copper body was actively carbonated with a nice thin head. After admiring it for a minute or two, I took a sip to discover a strong hoppy taste. Perhaps this is an IPA masquarading as a American pale ale? Other things soon followed, including grapefruit and citrus. There was a lingering sourness - not too strong but enough to tickle the throat. This was a nice suprise from a low key, local brewery. If you can get this and enjoy hops, give it a try. If not, give it a try anyways to appreciate a well crafted beer.

3.8
drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pretty good beer. Poured a nice foamy head and lots of lace. Hazy light amber color. Light hop aroma with lots of toffee, malty character. Fine carbonatioin. Mouth filling. Flavor is same as nose and more fulfilling. Great session beer.

3.2
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 Second rating: 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was thick and white with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma dominated by flowery hops. Very effervescent. Too much carbonation. Dry on the tongue. Flavor was hop dominated and similar to the aroma.


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