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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hoppy Pale Ale

Napoleon Complex is a small-statured pale ale with a larger-than-life attitude. Ignoring the industry standard of diminutive hop presence and mild manner, this pale ale will have most IPAs contemplating their inadequacy. Little beer, big flavor, even bigger ego.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Growler that I bought for TURDFERGSON, which he then generously shared with me. Nose of lovely citrusy hops; some resin and skunk as well. Just mad freshness. Taste is slightly thin, as expected, but still full of flavor. Extra points for clocking in under 5%. I could (and hopefully will) drink a lot of this.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2017
Tap at Charlotte airport bar Pours bright light orange hue with a small soapy white head and good lacing. Nose is herbal lots of floral hops like spicy aspect as well. Flavors are very balanced actually. Lots of pale toasted grains subtle hop spice and floral notes. Very dry finish mostly from the malt. Very nice brew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Pour is a hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma is a big blast of citrus hops. Lots of mango and pineapple. Flavor is again lots of fruit hops. More mango and pineapple with maybe some guava. After the swallow nothing is left on the tongue. This pale ale is more hoppy than probably 60% of the IPAs I have had recently. Nice stuff and at only 5.2% this is something you could have a lot of and not get tired of.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1720) - - MAR 6, 2017
Can. Tropical fruit aroma with notes of biscuity malt and pine resiny hops. Pours clear golden colored with a large, soapy white head that has excellent retention and some lacing. Starts with bright tropical fruit flavors with some biscuity malt. Finishes smooth and a touch dry with a slight amount of bitter pine resiny hops. Pretty nice pale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Draught at Canary Square, 1/22/17.
Lightly to minimally hazy, brassy-golden with a small but firm white head atop.
Very fruity, bright, juicy, very-free-of-resin nose is actually quite surprisingly rich and hoppy for its size. Nectarine, mango, yellow apples, lots of woody, green character. Pleasant maltiness, as well, adding a hint of caramel atop light honey and white bread. Clean and with no alcohol.
In the mouth its lightly juicy and shows good interplay between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, both pushing each other and yet balancing in the end. Good attenuation and engaging carbonation with woody, herbal and leafy green vegetal notes on the finish. Very lovely stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Draft at CLT. Very light in color and overall character. Light and fruity, with a good APA profile. Although I considered this on the lighter side of life, interestingly my wife didnt like it as much as I did. (#6518, 2/23/2017)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bufordbrewer (42) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Gold, clear with 1/2 inch head. Slight citrus on the nose, it has a fairly pronounced straw with some faint orange citrus taste. Some up front bitterness, with a nice mix of malt to hops. Really like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kayres (868) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Clear yellow orange with a thin white head. Light floral happy aroma with a matching light bodied crisp Hoppe floral place ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Really nice little pale ale. Orange and a bit of tropical fruit in the hops of the aroma. Low bitterness for style but good flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2016
On tap at Moes Barbecue in Asheville, random note: light and easy. pine, citrus, tropical, bready, light spice. grapefruit. grassy. very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (449) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Glad I was able to get a fresh pint of this at CLT airport. An exceptionally delicious pale ale out of Asheville, pours a fresh straw gold hue with a steady white foam top. Aroma of strawish and lightly herbal hops. Taste is herbal hoppy bitterness up front, proceeds to a pacific citrus hop palate, finishes with a grainy warm malt. Flavorful but not overwhelming on the palate at all, quite impressive balance of flavors and a new personal favorite of mine in the pale ale category! Well done!


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