RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
True to the style, our pale ale is brewed with pale malt and a touch of crystal malt which gives it that copper hue. Then we aggressively hop it with centennial hops for a big citrus hop aroma and taste. Beer for the hop lover. Nice bitterness and a good long after taste with a smack of grapefruit. Starting Gravity:12.5 Ending Gravity:2.5 ABV%: 5.4 Color(SRM): 45 Bittering: 48

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Can from the awesome mystery swap 2.0 Thanks a lot!!! Pours a golden color with a sizeable white head. I smell a bit of lemon on this, a bit of a rye aroma, and a hint of caramel on the background. Taste is alright, a little bit on the dry side for my personal taste. I notice a bit of a lemon flavor, and a good deal of earthiness, almost like bark, taste.

GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2008
On tap at the brewhouse. Very average. Some good hop flavor in the finish, but not much body or depth. It’s also got a sourness to it, but not a good belgian kind of sour but like a bit of dirty tap line.

Levers101 (2) - , Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2008 does not count
Like all other OCBW brews, this pours with a thin head and low carbonation. It has a copper color that probably fits with style guidelines for an APA (who cares?...). The caramel malts are noticeable, but it is mostly a dry and well hopped ale. Much of the hop profile shows up in the bitterness and flavor with much less in the way of aroma. To my taste its too hopped for a session beer, but a pint or two are good. That is to say, this is beer more closely tailored towards the hop-head than the drinker of balanced brews. The recipe or brewing practice seemingly has matured over the last several years and now seems to be pretty stable. This is likely the best perennial beer that OCBW serves.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a hazy copper orange color with a white head. Aroma is some caramel, juicy citrus and grassy hops. Flavor is malty, with a bitter juicy, grassy hop finish.

Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
On tap at the Thirsty Troll Brewfest

My first beer from Iowa, this was decent for a pale ale. It was still pretty subpar compared to everything else. If there were a benchmark for average this might be as close as you could get.

Aroma / Appearance - The straw colored body was even lighter than the previous kolsch. Lively carbonation kept things somewhat interesting as did the white bleach head. Stale cheerios and sourness formed the basis of the aroma which was mediocre at best.

Flavor / Palate - The dry mouthfeel was slightly bitter. A simple lingering aftertaste was boring, bland and stale. It was not interesting at all and I was glad to move on to the next sample.

hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2007
12oz can acquired in trade (Mystery Swap 2) from Iowaherkeye (thanks!). This one was a light gusher - luckily I caught most of it in my glass and only a little spilled over my desk!. Poured a medium and clear golden/orange color with a huge, huge sized light off white head. Aromas of citrus, fruity, somewhat spicey, and a trace of caramel. Tastes were a major let down compared to the aromas. Weak and watery and consisted of citrus and a light fruitiness. Body was somewhat flat (the gushing and huge head must have dissipated all the carbonation).

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
(Tap) Pours a dark shade of gold with a moderate amount of head. Nice blend of hops, which features pine and citrus notes. This is a pretty good APA, and I enjoyed it.

DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Can from Iowaherkeye. Hazy orangy pour with big, fluffy, whitish head. Good look on this, and I noticed some can conditioning floaties. Aroma of bready malt, some hops, fruit, slight spiciness. Tastes bready caramel malty, with some floral dna spicy notes, plus mid-palate hopcitrus. Gets a bit tarter as it warms.

1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Thanks Jason. Canned beer. The beer pours to a hazy glowing golden body with a thin foamy white head and heavy lacing. The aroma is wheat, limes, oranges, cloves, and a light amount of ginger. Smells pretty sweet. The flavor is ultra-dry grassy hops and simple cookie malts. Really drying palate. Not sweet at all. Bitter.

JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pale gold body, soapy thin head. Lemony sweet citrus aroma. Estery-wheat like aroma. Dry, clovey lemon. Dry grassy flavor with sweet lemon-orange maltiness. Kind of a blah, in your face drying character. Drinkable and decent, but the dryness sucks.

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