Shenandoah Big Meadows Pale Ale

RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
What it’s like: World Champion American Ale, 1998 World Beer Championships. Big Meadows is brewed as an American-style India Pale Ale using a classic American hop, Cascades. The result is a full-bodied, moderately bitter beer with a prominent hoppy flavor and aroma. The beer is named for the Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park. Who it’s for: Big Meadows will appeal to anyone looking for a full-bodied beer with a lot of flavor but that is not too heavy or dark. This is our most popular beer. The alcohol content by volume is 6.2 percent.

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guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Copper color that is a bit cloudy with a thin head and modest lacing. Citrusy hop aroma with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated but lacking the punch to make it more than mediocre.

BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle: Hazy amber with a medium white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is diacetyl, floral/citrus hops, caramel. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Taste is diacetyl, caramel, grass, grains, and light rubber notes.

hershiser2 (3410) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Appearance is medium brown- not quite that of a brown ale, but seems darker than most pale ales. There’s a medium hoppiness in the nose, and the flavor is quite hoppy and slightly citrusy. Feels nice in the mouth. ADDITION: SAMPLED THIS AGAIN THIS EVENING under the name "Alexandria Ale." I’m beginning to think that there are two quite different beers, because the cottle I sampled this evening was awful... a LOT of melted plasticlike flavor and aroma. I had to pour it out.

jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2004
On tap at Dominion Brewfest. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma is malty and floral. The taste didn’t agree with me; metallic with hops and citrus notes. Not hoppy enough for an American Pale. Odd aftertaste.

HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Sweet biscuit malt nose. Clean fruity and well made. Spicy hop finish (English?) Not an overly exciting beer, but very enjoyable.

haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Pretty decent actually. Copper color with a slim head. Some malt/hops in the aroma. Different taste then I expected. More floral...citrusy. Medium bodied, some hops in the flavor. Pretty smooth. Overall a pretty decent Pale Ale!

blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2004
nice... light... i've had way too many beers to be able to go into detail... but i'll do what i can

Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Orange/copper amber. Small off-white head. Floral, faintly malt nose. Lightly caramel, graham cracker, sweet malts, light to medium bodied, finishing with pleasantly subtle hops. An appealing brew, nice alcohol, well balanced. No complaints from me.

sloth (2910) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Small offwhite head, short lived. Hazy copper color, with some floaties. Kinda citrusy, grassy nose. Medium body. Fruity, crisp hop flavor with some malt showing up in the finish.

jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Clear red in color. Faint malt aroma. Not hoppy enough for an APA. Very quick finish with slight hoppy bitterness.

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