RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Going back to our recipes developed in the shadow of this Western NM monolith, this is nothing like your standard American Pale Ale. No American hops to be found in this gem. Lots of earthy, spicy Kent Goldings and premium English Crystal malts make this beer unique in a sea of ubiquity.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2195) - Montana, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Tap. Solid amber color with a thick sticky off white head. Aroma is wet hay, and light sugar. Clean spicy bitterness that lingers in the finish layered over toffee cereal malt notes. A nice one to sip on in an enclosed patio with my dog at a local restaurant as 35 mph winds whip through town

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On tap at pub. Pours out a nice crisp amber topped with a small sand head. Nose is nut sweet malts and a hop kick. Taste is as the nose with a nice grapefruit hop on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11161) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Growler. Pours a near clear amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a nice light pine note with a good amount of grain and a bit of sweet grains and caramel backing. Flavor has a similar light pine note with some sweet grains and caramel as well as a hint of earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltman53 (472) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at The Range restaurant in Bernalillo, this beautifully balanced PA paired quite well with my chile rellenos. The beer is an American with a British accent: smooth, spicy, floral Kent Goldings hops, with a smooth, sweet caramel note coming from English Crystal Malt (Simpsons medium?). A pleasant sharp bitterness at the end. Overall, very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6319) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, grain, and fruit. Taste is malt, citrus, grain, and floral. Somewhat bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6821) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On draft at the brewpub in Albuquerque. Pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. Rich malty nose. Nutty flavor. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1984) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
At the brew pub on draft an amber color with a slight head no true aroma that I could detect strong hoppy flavor that does not stay long on the palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at La Cumbre. Dark amber, clear pour. Minimal foam. Webby lace. Muted nose. Taste is decently bitter, biscuit, dark bread, chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Tap @ La Cumbre. Pours a clear, dark amber appearance with a khaki head. Lightly fruity, a bit toasty malty, light caramel aroma. Chewy, rich caramel malty, somewhat earthy, floral flavor. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
10oz draft from La Cumbre; November 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a bit more than a -finger thick, pale, tan colored head that has a bit of staying power to it. The beer is a clear, rich red color that shows a bright amber hue in the light. There is lots of toasted pale malt character here as well as quite a bit of aromatic crystal malts. A light, herbal and citrus character adds some balance to the nose.

My first sip is herbal, bitter, with lots of balancing crystal malt, woody pine like flavors, some definite citrus, and a touch of dank herbal character in the finish. The beer is light and quaffable, but has enough malt heft to carry the hops. This beer is quite malt focused, at least compared to many a contemporary American Pale Ale, but really it is nicely balanced between the malt and hop character (which was likely the point). Quite nice and enjoyable in the end, and definitely a beer to have a couple of when you are in the mood for an American take on an English Pale Ale.

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