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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special Pale Ale is an aggressive hoppy ale brewed with malt from Scotland and an imported top secret hop.

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3.4
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. I assume Kevin must have laid this keg down for a whlie. Moderate high pine with bright ripe citrus. Clear orange-amber with a massive, billowy white head. Taste is assertive citrus and pine mixed together. Moderate high bitterness holds this back from being a great beer.

3.7
PotjeBier (3348) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2013
Backlog, from notes. Keg & Cask side by side @ the brewpub, 12 May 2001. The keg version had aroma’s of sweet malts & sweet fruits (apricots), whereas the cask version had much more (fresh) hops. Flavor: moderate sweet and moderate bitter, with a solid bitter finish, the cask version even more so. Cask version wins.

3.8
illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Backlog purge. On tap at the Parish Publick House. Floral and grapefruity in the aroma and flavor with mild pale malts and a solid bitterness.

3.6
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Draft. Golden-straw colored beer with a whitish head. Citrus and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and light pine lingers.

3.4
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
Clear golden with a tiny white head. Yeasty aroma with fruity and hoppy notes. Flavour was dry and had plenty of hops, pine and grapefruit. Finished bitter.

3.6
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at Toronado. Pours cloudy golden with a one-finger white head. Would like a bit more clarity to such a beer, but oh well, who cares about appearance really? The aroma is big on citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and some floral hints. Smells like a very good California IPA. Come on guys, this is really an IPA. The predominant flavor note is citrusy malts. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine with a slight spicy note. Just a little pale malt to back it up. Crisp on the palate with medium body and lots of hop resins. Carbonation is medium for the style. Excellent beer overall. I really enjoyed this one.

3.9
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2010
tap in Tucson, AZ at 1702-pours golden yellow with a small white head-nose is floral and piney as all hell-grapefruit, and tangerines ring out! very nice! flavors of big cascade/simcoes-could be the quintesential Pale ale if you ask me palate is slick and perfect for a sessionable beer. long grapefruit rinds make this beer finish dry as ever. I could session this little beer for ever! i want more of this!

3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Faint lacing. Has a very nice floral hop aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops. Pleasant finish. Medium body. A good beer.

3.5
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2009
On tap at papago. Pours a nice amber with a small white head. Aroma is fresh hops malt grass. Flavor is green vegetal hops grass malt. Nice pale ale.

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Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of darkelf. Pours amber with a tan head. Smells of citrus, some peppery splashes. Tastes of pineapples, grapefruit, floral, grassy, peppery.


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