RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
LaConner Brewing Company is honored to bring you this special release ale in celebration of the 22nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This American-style Pale Ale is very balanced for enjoyment by all.

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philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Skagit Valley 2005 Tulip Festival Ale 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV? 25 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale? Light head. Hazy rich dark golden color. Mild fresh floral hop front. Tangy young mild dry sweet caramel mellow fruit ester body. Crisp citrus mild hop end. Tasty fresh mild hop biscuit brew. Golden Ale. Sampled 3/7/2005.

BranchofTree (2) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2008 does not count
Cloudy and orangy? smell is slightly off. Taste crescendos to a disappointing dampening hop finish. its no La Connor IPA for sure. some say it has a nice mouthfeel, i guess its up to personal interpretation. This is the 2008 edition and seems flat and unimaginative.

chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Lots of sediments, color and cloudiness similar to a Hefeweizen. Floral aroma with honey, slightly skunky yeast and apple cider notes. Undertone of grassy hops. Texture more interesting than I expected from a beer this light. A pleasing grainy mouthfeel, and clean slightly bitter finish. Tastes like an unflilterd belgian but with more hops. Mild floral fruit up front with a nice mild perfumey hops mid and finish.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Has an amber hue with a thin white head. Nice, medium intense aroma of flowery hops. Light / medium bodied with a watery texture. Lightly carbonated. Grainy bread yeast flavor with a mild hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. May 2005.

bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Bomber. Pours a murky dark amber with a thin off-white head. Some sweetness in the aroma, caramel and hay. The body is medium with light carbonation. Taste has some spice to it. Grainy and slightly astringent finish. This one doesn’t quite work for me.

glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Slightly cloudy amber with a big head. Head sticks around and leaves great lacing. Very Dusty yeast smell...a little bit of sweetness to it. Um, interesting. This is somewhere in between a flemish sour, saison and apa. Very cider-like and medium carbonation. Very sweet. Did not like this much at first sip, but it grew on me a bit. Leaves a crazy sourness on your lips. Very unique, but not great.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle (2006): Hazy amber tinted orange, moderate white foamy head, somewhat rocky, very nice lacing, no noticeable carbonation.   Lightly toasted malt aroma, otherwise somewhat grainy.   Grainy bitterness on the tongue, slight popcorn kernal, subtle hop, but otherwise astringent, very muddled, and even a bit metallic.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finish has some slight buttery aspects.   Remains with an astringent graininess.   This was more of an Amber than a pale, and a less than stellar Amber at that too.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 2006 Bottle (heron in the tulips). I haven’t added this one as a new beer because it has te same descripition as 2005 (substituting the 23rd festival instead of the 22nd, of course). Maybe I should have entered a new beer, because what I’m tasting is very much at odds with previous ratings.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper brown with a modest head.The aroma is a grassy hops, barnyard dust, and strong apple cider. Mouthfeel is full but not heavy; the flavor is rich, spicey, bits of orange peel and decided yeast tones, honey, musty notes, a lovely hop rush that comes in late but packs ample kick to bitter the finish with a sort of woody dryness that follows very nicely.

This is quite a long way from a standard APA (in the saison direction, roughly), and for me, it works.

Addition 5/9/06. After several repeated visits, the high rating standings. The beer does have a bit of grain in the flavor, but it’s an interesting atypical APA that I find very enjoyable.

IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle Poured with a huge fluffy off white head. Slightly hazy light amber. I too detect some sweet fruitiness in the aroma with some slight sharp spices. Musty and woody as well. Flavor is sharp and hoppy but enogh body to seem fairly balanced. Quite strong bittering at the end, a woody pulpy tannin flavor. Long lingering bitterness. A bit too harsh for me.

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2006
22oz bottle. Extremely huge, billowy white head, taking the form of sea foam stacked up a few inches above the rim of the glass. Color is amber with some particles floating around. Smells similar to a saison at times, with somewhat soapy spiced fruit scents... oranges, pineapple, heavy yeast - like a homebrew - and tastes somewhat similar... lightly spicy, moderately slick texture, slightly sweet honey and orange yeast flavors. Not bad... in fact it really felt good to drink this on a warm spring day while sitting outdoors.

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