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Petoskey Pale Ale - Leelanau Brewing Company

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Petoskey Pale AlePetoskey Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Leelanau Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brewdogmrb on 09-07-2008

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with hints of brett and associated sourness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of French oak from the barrel aging and also has a light amount of sourness along with slight amounts of bitterness. Hints of wild yeast and spices are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale does a very good job of showcasing the oaky aromas and flavors and the sourness lends some complexity. It was very easy to drink.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/10/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart green apple, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, oak, musty funk, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple. lemon zest, orange peel, pear, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, grass, herbal, musty funk, bread, and yeast/mineral earthiness. Good amount of earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, bread, herbal, and yeast/mineral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artisinal to its core, the Leelanau brewing adventure leads to the doorstep of Pale Ale- not the Pale Ale of American brewpubs, but the Pale Ales of Belgium. Distinctive with fruit, spice, effervescence and earthiness, this ale has a hidden oaken-soaked story to tell.

Petoskey pours with a billowing and frothy pour that is patient to separate. As it does, a creamy but arid head floats above a rusty copper body beneath. Cottony in its head structure, the lace trickles behind every sip while the hazy beer beneath offers a caldering glow.

Its earthy aromatics perk right up with notions of red grape, apple, nuttiness, and a highly earthy waft of attic wood, cellar must, sea air and fragrant cedar. Spicy notes of pepper, tangy fruit, and gamy mushroom carry across the nasal senses as the first sip looms.

It's early and steely caramel taste seems of light Dubbel ale, but the character of dry malt quickly takes command- its dry grain taste is greeted with a toasted earthiness that harks to the wood usage- cinnamon, sawdust, brine, dried limes and peppercorn frame the middle palate before its taste dives into a finish of piquant zinfindale, straw-like bitterness, and drunken cork.

Dry in its body, the early starchy creaminess is short as the carbonation, acidity and spicy cut right through its sweetness and ushers in a dry and bubbly body that makes the bulk of taste much more appreciated in aftertaste with echoes of dried wood, floral blossoms and earth.

Petoskey is a highly formidable ale that competes on the stage of Matilda, Orval and Maudite, yet it needs a little higher character to garner more traction. It's a bit of a sour-ish beer on training wheels.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jsisko01
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty expensive beer.. The place I bought it from chargers $20 for a 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with an inch thick, soapy white head that lingers for a couple minutes, It leaves a very thick lacing also, with a thin film across the top of the beer that remains there.

Smell - Very sweet with notes of apples and oak up front. Other fruits start to show after a few more sniffs, along with the sourness all pale ales have.

Taste - VERY sweet and tart. Kind of tastes like granny smith apples with lemon citrus..The bitterness is covered up pretty well from this, plus a slight oak flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is unlike any APA I've ever tried. It's good.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from big bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper/gold in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy oak, fruit
Taste-Spicy, faintly sour, fruity, citrussy, tangy. Refreshing and flavorfull on a warm Northern Michigan day by the lake.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Petoskey Pale Ale from Leelanau Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.