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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Formerly known as the Old Rondout (Nitro) Pale Ale

This American Pale Ale has a hoppy/citrus and floral aroma.The aroma and flavor of this beer are created by the American hops used in the brewing process. In addition, slight notes of caramel can be detected in the flavor. Big Head is very drinkable and is the next step up after you try our 847 wheat ale. Fun fact, in olden days the farther the bloody English had to travel (ie India), the more hops they would add to the beer (it helped preserve it). Hence your IPA's are much hoppier if you will then an APA or EPA.

Also available as Big Head Nitro Pale Ale:
Our same hoppy pale ale, but carbonated with nitrogen. Not enough O's in smooth to describe it. Thick head and a creamy finish. This is one of Brian's favorite beers.

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deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Sampled from the tap with Sarah. Pours a hazy yellowish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light grapefruit note with backing light grains and a hint of light fruit. Flavor begins with flora and grain but has a nice growing light fruit and citrus.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Had this at the Day of the Living Ales at GI Wrigleyville 2009, Chicago. It had a hazed amber body with bubbles in lieu of a head. The aroma was hoppy with grapefruit, pine, and zest scents. The flavor had a light touch of caramel that balanced nicely with the hop tastes and moderate bitterness. Good sessionable brew.

dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
hazy orange color, not much head, some tiny off white bubbles floating on top, no lacing. nose of grapefruit hops, refreshingly strong. light citrus flavor, followed by a bitter, piney kick. medium bodied, nice bitter kick. lingeringly bitter finish is a highlight to remember. sampled at day of the living ales, 2009.

redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Cask. A nice lasting head from the cask. Mild hop aroma. Taste is of mild caramel, some burnt fruit. A mild dry finish, thin body. A very good session beer.

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 ounce draught glass at the brewpub, mid-October 2006. Lovely off-white medium bubbled head formation and stability atop the bronze, translucent/lightly hazy body.....fresh pungent-hoppy aroma, orange and wet pine and hints of caramel, pretty good at first but abundant heaps of buttered popcorn soon show up, signaling diacetyl in inescapable quantity....body quite dry and woody, fruit not much in evidence, big resiny character, tarry and very, very dry and acrid at the finish....this has potential but the infection really poisons the nose and crushes the sweetness and body out of the flavor. Well, phooey.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Growler ala a roommate of old. Thanks Dan! Dark amber to copper color with a few bubbles adrift. Caramel, lightly toasted nuts, with a dry floral backdrop. LIght malt sweetness in the front. Mild toasted nuts and lead to a firm bitterness in the finish and linger. I’d consider this a bitter verses an APA, but perhaps the nitro and growler are working against this one. The long linger returns to a mild floor malt quality that is quite nice. Yes I could sit ans watch a good football/soccer game with this one.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
dark copper pour no real head. Nice light carmel malt aroma touch of grass & grapefruit. Palate is very thin. Flavor is grassy extremly light tons of watery. So watery.

StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Transparent and glowing copper in color with a web-clinging head that centers itself nicely. Interesting nose of faded orange skin, marigolds, orange blossom honey, dryer sheets and aged cascade pellets. Curt cardboard is stopped just short for a marmalade bran aromatic precursor. Weak and watery flavor brings forth diluted streams and over-compensated bittering hops. It’s a hard one to digest. Water saturated cardboard with seasonal mum buds teams with withering orange toffee and depleted orange grahams. Orange marmalade and chalky toffee nougats team with aqua and talc in the finish.

beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
On tap at Mickey Finn’s, Libertyville, IL. Clear golden hued ale with long lasting large white head with good lacing. Light hop aroma. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied ale that starts with slightly sweet nutty malt flavor with hint of honey and a light hop bitterness. Finishes with light hop bitterness. A very good pale that went well with my fish and chips dinner.

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