Standing Wave Pale Ale - Kannah Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kannah Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2005

Rich amber in color with a distinctive hoppy characteristic, our Standing Wave Pale Ale is brewed in a traditional English style with Crystal malts and a select variety of American hops. Its complex malty flavor, crisp hop balance and inviting aroma make sipping this ale a real pleasure for the senses.
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by iSip:
Photo of iSip
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kannah Creek Brewery Standing Wave Pale Ale: Some friends my wife and I were visiting in Grand Junction, Colorado took us to the local brewpub, Kannah Creek. I am not one to review beers at brewpubs, as my focus is usually the company and the food, which distracts one from a mindful assessment of the beer at hand. But at Kannah Creek the Standing Wave Pale Ale was fantastic, so merits a mention here. Golden in body, with a nice head that laces the glass, the Standing Wave Pale Ale has a presence in the aroma department. Flavor fits my idea of a Pale Ale like a glove: delicate hoppy notes on top a smooth structured malt base. Really a joy to enjoy! If in Grand Junction, check out Kannah Creek.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bolder pale ale, bigger than average in terms of body and density, but still rather drinkable to the more generous consumers among us. the pour is a mostly clear faded brassy color with a few inches of bone white head. the nose has some light citrus and plenty of grassy and hay-like notes wafting up. the flavor is much more bitter than the nose indicates, sort of English in that way, but fitting loosely into the American pale category still I think. with the lighter flavored and colored malts, its hard to tell where all this body is coming from, but its definitely there. upbeat carbonation saves it from being totally filling, but its still not an all day beer by any stretch. overall a palatable pale ale, more fitting in winter time than in spring time I think, but one worth checking out if you find yourself in grand junction.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Standing Wave is ok...the beer poured a hazy amber with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is slightly bitter from the hops. The taste starts malty then finishes bitter...their is a slight pine twang throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this would be fine to session, but its not a beer that is going to knock anyone's sox off.

Photo of antott0523
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Off-white head that settles to a thin veil. Leaves a decent amount of lace. Translucent dried apricot color with virtually no visible carbonation.

S: Hop forward aromas of grapefruit, and some tropical fruit notes like mango. A hint of blueberry. Some sweeter malt notes of caramel.

T: Moderate hop notes of grapefruit, again a hint of tropical fruits. Some sweeter malt notes as well.

M: Deceivingly carbonated based on the appearance. Moderate thickness.

D: I received this beer as part of a beer of the month club. It is a solid pale ale (though it kind of drinks like an IPA). I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer, considering the plethora of weak pale ales out there. Nice job, Kannah. If I could buy the beer here I would as a go to pale ale.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from whole foods last week.. Finally found the time to give it a proper review tonight... Great off-white head with good lacing, clear light amber brew.

Pithy citrus and dry toast are the only real players... light maltiness mid palate but not enough hops to balance.. Nothing really wrong... but definitely nothing to write home about... AVERAGE. Falls flat very fast.


Photo of Thads324
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A : pours a lovely brassy gold, slightly off white head that is pillowy and doesn't really go anywhere. Bottle date says 10•10•13
S: bready malts, piney hops, a hint of light honey sweetness.
T: solid base malt transitions to zippy and peppery hops. Bitter pine and leaf in the middle on top of honey like sweetness. Ends a bit musty as expected from the age.
M: medium bodied, with a bit more carbonation than usual. Lingering bitterness.

A pretty solid pale ale. Very hoppy for a regular pale, even with the age of it. If I had to guess I'd say the abv is somewhere in the low 5 area. I also like the camping/outdoorsy label.

Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark ornage color with a 3" head that lasts a long time. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: bread and a bit of citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, orange, a hint of lemon zest, golden apples, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some mild dryness arriving late. Short lasting aftertaste,

Overall: an easy to drink pale ale. Decent flavor profile.

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big, white, rocky and creamy head sits atop a clear, honey-amber colored body. Light and gently sweet malt aroma with a subtle floral and pine scented hop presence. Warm honey and biscuit flavors with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp, clean, dry finish.

This beer is very approachable and a nice, easy drinking pale ale. There is a mellow fruitiness that peeks out after the beer has warmed up in the glass that adds some additional complexity to the mix. Overall, nicely balanced with respectable complexity.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this thanks to BA carlos, poured chilled in a 1/2 pint from the 12oz longneck bottle.

The color is dark amber with good clarity and thick white head with fine bead lace sticks in spots. The smell has a strong citrus fruit and light floral aroma with light yeast ester and gentle malt scent. The feel is decent with nice malty entry and slight bitter backing with a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly dry finish.

The taste is very c hop oriented in that it has a citrus and mild floral quality with grapefruit in the taste and slight caramel from the malt mid palate with toasted accent. The taste is clean with herbal and blanced flavor as it finishes. Overall this is a decent pale, pretty standard fare -an American Pale with nice hop flavor somewhat by the numbers with a quality the straddles the English/APA line but good for what it is.

Photo of hopflyer
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/25/14
Pours honey golden with a lot of clarity. Decent head subsides but maintains thin film on top.
Smell is subtle mango like hops and cracker malt.

Taste follows with smooth balance of the cracker mixed well with some bitter bite and a touch of lemon. Good APA balance character.

Feel is light with above moderate carbonation. Hits the style well here. Semi-dry finish with good drinkability.

Received as part of a gift and its a pretty solid APA. It fits the style very well, except the bitterness lingers a bit too long and doesn't carry much hop flavor with the bitterness. Overall, nicely done APA.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. While it has a creamy texture, its retention is unimpressive. A good deal of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Just like the last one from these guys (thanks, beer of the month club!), the nose seems rather mild. I pick up some gentle floral hops, along side some notes of toffee and caramel. Unfortunately, I also pick up some plastic. I have to say that the nose is worrying me quite a bit. (2.5)

Taste: Some initial flavors of floral malts quickly give way a moderate finishing bitterness. I'm also picking up notes of lemongrass, along with a lot of caramel/toffee. But that plastic note from the aroma is transferred down to the taste - and it grows stronger the more I drink it. Even worse, it develops some weird musty flavors after a while. I just have five words for this beer: WAY TOO MUCH CRYSTAL MALT! (2)

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is heavy and stodgy, yet it's also rough and astringent. There is some carbonation to help will it down, though. Still, there's just no excuse for this beer being so hard to drink. Its long aftertaste goes even further to hinder it. (2)

Overall: This beer represents everything wrong with crystal malt bombs - a rough yet over-sweet mouthfeel, a plasticky flavor profile, suffocated hops, and low drinkability relegate this one to stinker status. And I've got two more to drink... :( (2)

2.19/5: Everything wrong with crystal malt encapsulated into a single 12 oz bottle

Photo of donaldchapman
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper colored with good clarity, and a frothy white head.

S - Slight citrus and earthy hop aromas accompanied by a slight malt aroma.

T - Some caramel malt accompanied by a definite hop bitterness and slight hop flavors. Some diacetyl flavors tend to detract from the beer.

M - Medium bodied, with a good carbonation.

The diacetyl in this beer wasn't huge but enough to detract from the flavors in the beer. I would also like to see a little more finishing hops bringing out both the aroma and flavor a bit more.

Photo of cyrock1
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep gold with a light cream colored head.

Smell: Light toasted malt with a light citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of citrus and bitter hops on the plalate, malt is subdued.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture on the finish, the beer seems to have multiple personalities, but all of them good.

Drinkability: Not really a session Pale Ale but a solid effort.

Standing Wave Pale Ale from Kannah Creek Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.