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 (25565) - 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.

Oakes (18543) - 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.

3fourths (9357) - 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.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - 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.

5000 (6862) - 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.

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

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!

IndianaRed (4937) - 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.

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.

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!

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