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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our newest seasonal made with the experimental 527 hop. It has a tropical mango hoppiness.

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3.1
trapped (3884) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 28, 2017
Draught @ Milk and Hops. Cloudy dark orange with very small frothy beige head, very faint orange peel aroma, medium carbonation, medium bitter orange peel taste with coriander flavor, thin body, longish finish. Mellow.

3.8
ttoadee (1692) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2017
Orange/brown pour, light tan pancake head. Nose is unripe mango and roasted grain. Middle is carmelized malt, tropical fruit, spruce bitterness. Finish is continuation of the medium bitterness, hint of fruit at the end. Nice beer.

3.3
luttonm (7091) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thicker foam on a brown gold. Hint of orange on the nose with a stronger malt backing. Caramel and barley on the sip. Low hop flavor. Light mango and tropical notes. Fairly malt driven, but clean and tasty in that regard.

2.5
Ernest (7917) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), moderately hoppy (melon, apricot), with notes of butter and decaying vegetable matter. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, vegetal/husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Dirty and clumsy...butter and a husky/vegetal character all but ruins the fruity hop odor. Even worse in the mouth...the aftertaste is profoundly dirty. Drain pour quality, unfortunately.

3.8
zoucrew102 (2316) - - NOV 24, 2017
Bomber. Bright tropical fruit hop aroma with notes of mango, bread, floral and grapefruit hops. Pours clear copper colored with one finger of off white head that has excellent retention bit little lacing. Starts with bright tropical fruit hop flavors including mango with a little bit of bready malt. Finishes dry but quite refreshing with some floral hops and grapefruit citrus at the end. Pretty nice pale.

4.4
MetalNHopHead (2319) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Catch 23 was my beer of choice for my 100th APA rating. It proved to be a very nice choice indeed. Hazy dark orange pour. Floral and tropical nose with a slightly doughy malt character in the background. Lemon, mango, orange, and guava flavors. The fruitiness is more candy-like than zesty, but there is some hop bitterness in the form of pine and damp grass. Chewy, creamy feel. It drinks like a classic American Pale Ale but with hop varietals prized by the modern drinker's palate. It's best enjoyed while listening to Meshuggah's Catch Thirtythree.

3.2
Oakes (19569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2017
Amber, slight haze. Medium head. A little bit of toastiness, and nice caramelized sugars. Quite chewy - a fair bit of bitterness and not much hop brightness. A little too old school.

3.5
Karelbeersindral (138) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2016
Maybe the expectations were too high, nice citrus tones, tropical and rather sweet start, but quite empty finish.

3.3
FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Sampled May 2015
A steady pour into my IPA glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazed, copper / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied citrus zest, guava jelly, lychee, and tangelo zest towards the finish. There is a caramelized malt character that melds well with the fruited hop character, but towards the finish is a nutty, toasty, crystal malt character that becomes just noticeable.

Lightly bitter, and quite dry, which mutes the fruited hop character from the aroma significantly. Lots of citrus character from the get go, along with a woody, herbal, spicy hop character that wasn’t noticeable in the finish. The body is quite light, which makes this very quaffable, but it might even be a touch to thin.

The hop character is nice and bright in the aroma, but really fizzles in the flavor; this goes to show that you need some body and residual malt, even in a Session IPA / overly hopped Pale Ale, otherwise all those hops you spent money to add, just won’t come through properly. Not bad, but certainly not on par with the best versions of this style.

3
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle in May 2015:   Musty orange peel and pith example.   Amber, off white head and little lacing.   Not too bright on the tongue.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Could use more carbonation and hop bitterness.   Comes across as very pedestrian.



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