Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale - Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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3.06/5 rDev -6.7%
12oz bottle no date – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13
Cute label - says this is now brewed by Hermitage Brewing which would explain things
A: Pours a plain caramel amber body with some nice clarity and carbonation evident. A healthy head of khaki foam forms over top with fair retention efforts displayed. Nice sticky lacing observed as the foam grips the glass after each sip.
S: Caramel toffee sweetness up front with a touch of some herbal weed stems and a flash of orange peel on the end stretch. Smells more like a barley wine with a firm malt presence. Not a terrible aroma but not exactly balanced or hop friendly for an APA.
T: Biscuit with an overwhelming caramel malt sweetness. Hops are secondary wielding flavors of orange citrus and pine. Moderate level of perceived bitterness with a slightly resinous trailer of earthy herbals. Alcohol is nicely masked but this is just too sweet and malty for my liking.
M: Moderate filling that seems even heavier by the loaded malt base. There is a light drying effort towards the finish but the feel is watery overall with some soft residual lingering.
D: Not so good. Hops are faded. Lacks proper malt to hop balance and comes off more like a malty barley wine. Either this is a fairly old sample or just plain bad.
Hoppy ending was not achieved. Avoid.
12-03-2013 19:57:45 | More by Nugganooch
2.51/5 rDev -23.5%
Hoppy Ending Pale Ale: Palo Alto, CA
-ABV 5.5%, 12oz bottle
-Poured into a Blue Moon glass
-*I was really rooting for this beer because it's from my back yard!
-Appearance: Amazing head! (or as my tasting notes read: "sweet head!") Thick head retention, about 1 1/2 inches thick! Nice delicate lace on the glass as it disappears. Yellow/amber color, not completely clear, but that could be the temp too.
-Smell: Very delicate, lightly fruity. Not much.
-Taste & Mouth Feel: Just fell flat. The hops were there, but they were secondary to the malt. I always hope for lots of hop in my pale ale, especially when they name it "hoppy ending". More like sad ending. The appearance on this beer was amazing, I just wish the taste had lived up to expectation.
05-10-2013 23:22:29 | More by ToriBug13
4/5 rDev +22%
A - Pours an almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tropical, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some light floral hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with a hint of pine, some mild bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balance hoppy pale ale. Good hop profile.
10-13-2012 06:22:59 | More by ngeunit1
3.58/5 rDev +9.1%
A decent brew. I find the bitter tones a bit too much, with the carbonation biting my tongue at the same time. Kind of hits as a one two punch and then that's it. Doesn't really seem to deliver a flavor stream that is anything beyond a mild smack to the mouth with no distinct character. It's a pale ale, it's hopped, blam, there you have it. Nice enough to try, but could use a bit more rounding and subtle character to it. Still a pleasure to drink though.
07-30-2012 04:38:21 | More by RblWthACoz
2.78/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.
Smell: Mildly fruity citrus hops with a mild malt sweetness.
Taste: Some herbal/citrus peel bitterness along with a mild malt flavor. There are some fruity citrus notes in here as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with too little carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This isn't a very exciting beer. Nothing stands out except for the label. I won't search it out again, but I'm glad I got to try it.
10-30-2011 23:32:26 | More by oline73
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
On tap at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.
Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a decent head.
Aromas are muted. Some grain, dough, and faint pine like hops.
Taste is also pretty muted. Grainy, slightly sweet, and a creaminess from the malts. Finish has faint hints of hops, mineral water bitterness, a touch of pine, and not much else.
Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good body, fairly smooth, but on the thin side.
Overall, this is a very average Pale Ale. Reminded me of a run of the mill homebrew, not bad, but not good either. Pass...
10-24-2011 17:15:54 | More by flexabull
3.93/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours a clear, bright golden colour, with a very full and rather persistent head of eggshell white. Lacing is excellent. Body is very light, but that's suitable for the style. Overall, it's a pretty good-looking beer.
Ooh. Nose is lovely and fresh, with big, crisp citrussy hop aromas like zested lemons, orange peel and crushed leaf. It's sharp and direct, but so fresh, so clean. Minimal sweetness, but enough of a depth to the hop character to make it seem balanced. It's obviously incredibly fresh, which helps it a lot (brewed in Sunnyvale, conceived in Palo Alto, consumed in Santa Clara).
Taste is also very clean and fresh, although admittedly rather light on the front and through the centre. Some initial bitterness lingers throughout, giving a bittersweet dried peel character throughout, although it has very little body to back this up. Fortunately, the hop character itself has an intrinsic sweetness to the flavour, which really carries it. Feel is light, but quaffable.
This is a really decent and really quite enjoyable APA. It's incredibly fragrant and flavoursome, and beautifully fresh, of course. I'd be extremely happy to drink this regularly.
10-13-2011 02:02:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.08/5 rDev -6.1%
Starts out fairly strong with a decent appearance, respectable head with sticky lace and respectable retention. Aroma is quite promising as well with layers of citrus and a hint of pine sap. The first taste clings to the first impression, with some of the citrus flavors coming through again along with biscuit and a resinous bite. However subsequent sips do not develop or reveal more layers...rather it becomes apparent that this is a fairly one dimmensional brew, in fact it begins to taste pretty thin quickly. The mouthfeel is too light for the style, though there is a certain velvety quality to the carbonation that is appealing. This isn't a bad beer, but it just doesn't rise to the level of a well made brew. I suppose it could be sessionable...but it really is quite pedestrian.
09-16-2011 06:12:11 | More by JTahoe
Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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