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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omhper (25541) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2006
Bottled. Hazy pale amber, small head. Appley, citric nose. Very sweet. Intensely yeasty and minerally. Dryish hop bitter finish, but the minerals still dominate. Like a cross of American pale ale, saison and a Lithuanian farmhouse beer, and not a very good one. More bizarre than enjoyable.

Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Skip down to DarkElf’s review for a more complete version as he’s pretty much right on and put far more effort into the review than I will. I was less impressed with it than he, however. Little head but had some lacing. Aroma is somewhat floral though faint. But man, I can’t get over the soapy flavor. This tanks the beer on almost every score. It could have used some more carbonation as well. This brewery has gone downhill.

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.49 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This is quite an interesting pale ale. It’s fruity, somewhat sweet, and lightly malty and grainy initially, but things really interesting in the finish where a smoky breadiness emerges, and a moderately bitter, spicy and zesty hoppiness adds plenty of excitement. The hops tastes incredibly fresh too. Wow, this is very tasty and complex, and honestly, I was expecting a bland beer, so this is a nice surprise. On a down note, unless I hold my breath, there’s a mild soapiness midway through until the hops is able to assert itself in the finish. Holding my breath is the key here since the nose is fruity, lightly sweet, and spicy, but the soapiness is much more prevalent here, and that’s too bad. Bright amber color is cloudy enough that I can barely make out the army of carbonation bubbles racing up through the beer. The off-white head is quite tall and bubbly on the pour, but once the head settles down a bit, with the assistance from the carbonation bubbles, retention of the quarter-inch layer of foam is solid. Quite a lot of dark sludge lines the bottom of the bottle. I like everything about this beer, but the soapy aroma is a big distraction. Okay, well, not everything. Perhaps an even bigger issue than the soapy aroma is that this beer is tasty when cold, but as it warms up, the flavor becomes rather vegetal and goes downhill quickly. So drink it cold!

BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Cloudy orangey amber, modest head formation. Mild fruity orange hop aroma. Low in carboantion, fairly light in body, plenty of hops, bitter citrus and slightly tangy orange at the end.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
FREE beer on Alaskan Air. Beats $5 Westjet. Very nice beer. Unfortunately they ran out after 2 glasses. Oh well it was only an 80 minute flight. Nice malty beverage. Noticeable hops. Kudos to Alaskan.

Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2005
Cloudy orange with a filmy off white head and spotty lacing. Soapy and musky aroma with bitter, metallic notes. Some vegetables come through. There is a lot of vegetables with musky malts in the flavor. Watery body with a bitter tail.

BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 05: Very hazy gold color, light beige head. The nose is bright with astringent hops, not balanced, even in the nose. Dry and malty body with a wasteland of bones and hops. It’s like dieing of dehydration in the middle of a hop field. This reminds me of the depot in The Gunslinger. Finish bites with citric acid and more dusty hops. Meh. 06: 7-3-8-4-14

Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
Hazy golden amber. English hop aroma with hints of caramel, cardboard, and stank feet (dirty yeast). Moderate bitterness. Like a dull thud on the palate with heavy yeast notes, hints of darker malts, maybe some citrus.

CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
(20oz bottle) Flavour is very bready with strong caramel malt. Roasty and smoked malts. Spoiled? Clear amber ale with biscuit, butter and barf flavours. Drain-pour!

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