tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. A mildly fruity hop aroma, not much depth of flavour. McNeillR (2327) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Pale light golden, softest cloud and head very little lacing. Oily sweetcorn, brassy malt, light spice. Initial taste is weak bitterness, tinny malt and builds to spicy sweetcorn middle. Pressing carbonation and grassy hay dryness. Finish is releasing creamy and lightly bitter. Not terribly hoppy or juicy and a light spiciness to the linger. Drinkable, odd, unsatisfying. Bottle, Beets. BeerBillyCLE (12) - Newbury, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
The "Strangest" thing about this is how comparable it is to a Budweiser. Really Really disappointed in this one leaparsons (10655) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Golden with an off white foam. Aromas are grain with lemon rind and pithy grapefruit. Lager like nutty malts with hints of lime. Flavours are clean grain with citrus hops and a grassy, floral character. Good. olio (10410) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
355 ml bottle.
ramboraffe (2257) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2014
Pours clear pale golden color with a small head. Okay, this seems to be a let down from the get-go, very faint herbal notes on the nose, barely notice the hops, lots of wet hay. Flavor is just as bland, hay, faint resinous hop notes and some orange. Grassy bitterness on the finish. It is crisp and refreshing but there isn’t just enough flavors here. I wouldn’t classify this as an APA.
355 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is hoppy floral and fruity. Taste is sweet fruity and floral hoppy. Semi sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep, golden with a small white head. Aroma is a bit bready with citrus fruit and floral hops. Flavor is fruity with hints of pineapple, lemon, peach and more citrus, bready straw notes, nice spices, and grassy, floral hops with some nice hop bitterness on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Solid APA. Tselloufc88 (350) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Slight aroma of peach, caramel. Taste is slight sweet fruit, pretty malty background. Some spiciness from the rye. A bit dull but still refreshing. ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent gold with white head. Aroma of fruity hops and citrus. Taste of bitter hops, citrus and caramel. Pretty good. longmontcompass (4) - Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2014 does not count
Appearance: I poured a bottle of Stranger Pale Ale into a pint glass, and found that it left a thin but decent white head; it looked a bit like clouds on a weather radar, and I wondered if anyone used the Stranger to tell their future. It was a bit hazy, but a deep golden amber in color, almost like honey that has just started to crystallize and is darkening.
Aroma: Instead of the nose full of conifer needles that many pale ales offer, the Stranger had a nose balanced between floral scents, sweet caramel scents, and a subtle touch of pine. It was a familiar and comforting smell, but it felt new and surprising at the same time.
Flavor: The mouthfeel on this one is somewhere between an Amber and an IPA, which is nice. There are a lot of bright flavors on the tip of the tongue, followed by richer ones in the middle of the tongue and the insides of the cheeks. It is a thinner beer, which works well in its favor. Such light and subtle flavors wouldn’t communicate well in a thicker beer.
Overall Impression: Stranger Pale Ale is one of my favorite Left Hand brews. It’s not overly alcoholic, or overly hopped. It has refreshing and relaxing quality to it. Picture a late-afternoon barbecue, or a local baseball game: Stranger should be there. It’s a great segue into the evening from the afternoon.