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Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale - Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 02-03-2010

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 17
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3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.