Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2013 orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a full moon firkin, that I tapped.
A - Pours amber orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down most of the glass. It kind of looks like an IPA if i’m honest.
S - Smells of grassy hops, fresh tropical fruit zest and the backing pale malt. The nose is quite pungent in the cask version however the regular version is much slower to develop, not really coming into its own until the last 1/5 of my glass.
T - Starts off with a nice balance of tropical fruit and fresh picked grassy hops that lasts through the finish. Pale malt and a touch of sweetness help to keep everything in check but never come close to overpowering the two main players. Finish is light with some lingering hop bitterness. The regular version is good but the cask version was the real treat.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel from start to finish. The cask version works perfectly while the regular is only good.
O - I love single hop pale ales. Troegs regular pale ale is a little ho hum for my tastes so these special versions are always welcome. What their regular pale ale lacks, an assertive hop presence, this has quite a bit of. The cask version drank very nicely, the regular is nice as well but it lacks the wow factor I have come to love from APA’s.
Draft. Pours milky orange with thin white head that dissipates. Very light hop aroma. Medium light hop flavor in an unfiltered ale. Good but not great.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
A very tasty and refreshing ale. Not sure about what to say about experimental hops. Are they genetically engineered? In any case this is one of the best scratch beers from Troegs. Great balance and finish. I normally drink one pint when at the Brewery, but in this case I had two.
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