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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We are pumped to announce that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We often brew beers solely to pour in our taproom, which is where Pale Joe was first introduced, and we’re delighted to finally bring it to our non-local fans.

Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.

“Pale Joe came out of my current infatuation with pale, sessionable beers,” says our Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki, “Being the ArtPrize beer, I wanted to play with expectations so I experimented with adding coffee to a lighter, pale ale. Turns out, using gently-roasted, fruit-forward coffee adds a nice roasty flavor that does not complete with the malts in the beer.”

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3.4
Rasmus40 (22683) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and heavy coffee. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Light dry and moderate bitter finish. 171217

3.5
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2017
bottle, rating from around Jan 2017 - Pours hazy gold and smells mainly of coffee with some mild malt in the background. The flavor is of roast coffee, mild hops bitterness, malt, and a touch of fruitiness. Medium bodied. Nicely balanced.

3.4
Bamsen78 (5668) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2017
Draught @ Fox & Hounds, Sønderborg. Pours hazy orangeish amber with airy white head. Clear aroma of fruit and malt, with estery notes and touches of hops and coffee. Bitterish flavour of roast, coffee and hops, with seeetish, estery notes and mild acidic notes of fruit. Muddy aftertaste with notes of hops and fruit. Okay but more interesting than delicious.

3.5
Christos (5938) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2017
(Founders Pale Joe) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 5.4% Dark orange colouredd body, mostly clear. Small and a bit thin white head on top. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate. Taste has coffee, more chocolate, toasted malts. Medium thin body. Good.

3.5
MarcoDL (5528) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle. Orange golden pour. Aroma of cold coffee mostly and some malt. Flavor of cold brewed coffee, malt, peach and caramel. Nice one.

3.2
jgb9348 (6642) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Nice ever so slightly hazy copper and bronzed coloured body with a thinnish, tan head about a single centimetre tall. Aroma of pure coffee along with a touch of caramelised sugars, some mellow malt and a dose of other herbs. Light to Medium-bodied; Astringent flavour at first with some noticeable malt and no real sweetness, but a lot of coffee flavours, which aren’t very bitter, but finishing with a more smooth and subdued malt flavour. Aftertaste shows some malt and coffee notes with a light dry herbal flavour and a touch of bitterness from the coffee rather than hops or malt. Overall,a decent beer that shows an interesting bite from the coffee, but no real hops throughout make for this more as a beer akin to Odd Side’s Bean Flicker, which categorises itself as a Blonde with Coffee, while this is a APA with coffee - but tastes more of a blonde. I sampled this twelve ounce stubby bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 26-November-2016 for US$1,79 sampled at home in Washington on 21-May-2017.

3.7
CObiased (569) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2017
12oz bottle - it pours a mostly clear golden yellowish orange with a med to thin almost white head. The aroma is almost entirely coffee. Good coffee flavor throughout with subtle notes of wheat, light malt and a little bit of caramel in the aftertaste.

3.6
tillmac62 (771) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2017
BOD 8/10/16. Clear copper pour with a light touch of amber. Outstanding head volume, normal lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of soft rich coffee over a slightly sweet base. Caramel is hinted at, while a slightly sweet fruit ( possibly peach ) note is the most evident background sensation. The aromas are well balanced but severely dissipate in about 5 minutes. Medium body with a texture that is deceptively smooth and quite slick. The carbonation / body balance is normal to slightly under carbonated. Mid-palate effervescence is adequate but quite enough to really open the flavors up. The finish is a light tingle. The flavor profile is very good but a bit deceptive relative to the nose. Coffee is present but remains a background player rather than stealing the show. That said, the beer is exquisitely balanced. Nothing dominates - but - nothing really shines either. Coffee makes itself noticeable just before the finish in a subtle fashion. Overall, it is a nice blended flavor of light sweet fruit, light caramel, very little bitterness and coffee. The finish is smooth and a touch of coffee lingers.

3.3
SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2017
On tap - has typical pale ale appearance with a mild coffee taste and scent. Taste is pretty good and goes down easy. Body is thin and aftertaste is minimal. Overall an ok beer and would have again.

3.3
drjoeng (1481) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
5.4%ABV. Pale ale. Poured out gold. 8SRM. Nose is coffee, with nice floral notes, so remiscent of a single origin pour over. There are nice malty aromas that make the overall nose like cafe au lait, but not quite that heavy or creamy. Mouthfeel is juicy. Palate has coffee and juice. Sweet malt, taffy, beery.


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