RATINGS: 19   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9322) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 2006 Bottle (heron in the tulips). I havent 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 Im 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 its an interesting atypical APA that I find very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (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. Its 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Skagit Valley 2005 Tulip Festival Ale 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV? 25 IBUs? (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.49 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This is quite an interesting pale ale. Its 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, theres 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 thats 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (4418) - 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.

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