Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale - Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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2.75/5 rDev -15.9%
On tap at Pizza My Heart in Palo Alto
A: Cloudy, somewhat bright orange-amber color. Light coating of head and decent lacing.
S: Somewhat faint, but rather sweet– biscuity malts with a touch of caramel along with an aroma much like the taste of honey. Decent hop presence, citrusy (which adds to the sweetness) and floral.
T: Taste is a little weak, both in terms of being "watery" for lack of a better word (not that that would knock the score down too bad) and in leaving something to be desired. Sweetness prevails with a bitter hop finish; the same citrus and floral flavors are here but don't stand out as particularly enjoyable.
M: Smooth and light-bodied with comparatively light carbonation; goes down easily.
O: Average or a bit under that, a decent beer to try even if I won't be picking it up again. Might be nice if you're looking for something refreshing with a mild bitterness going on.
07-01-2011 04:40:15 | More by AwYeh
3.1/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle received from trade into pint glass
A: I give this a perfect score just for the hilarious art work and funny name. The beer was golden in color and highly carbed which lead to a big bubbly head.
S: Malty, Piney hops in the nose.
T: Very bitter hops taste. Not much for floral or pine in the flavor, just bitter.
M: Standard mouthfeel, nothing to really note here.
Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer, there are better examples of this style out there, but if someone loves a very bitter PA, they would like this beer.
05-22-2011 15:23:13 | More by airmike
3.53/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a bottle gotten via trade with Dabecasiss as an extra. Coo name.
A: A medium amber orange color with tints of light brown. A one finger off white head with full lacing that recedes.
S: Biscuit malts are heavy on this with some floral herbal hop notes. A bit of pine.
T: Again, the malt jumps out first with heavy bready and biscuit flavors mixed with some sweeter caramel. Hops are there and bring out some flavors of citrus and a piney herbal floral character. The malt sweetness mixes back in to leave a sweeter bready finish.
M: Medium to light. No alcohol but nothing spectacular either.
D: Not bad, a decent drinker.
Overall just an average pale ale that could serve itself better with some brighter hops. Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular.
03-14-2011 13:01:34 | More by Kadonny
3.9/5 rDev +19.3%
Thanks to nickd717 for this local beer.
A: Brownish orange color. The beer is unfiltered. Aggressive pour didn't give much of the off white head and the little I had didn't have much retention or lacing.
S: Nice hop presence in the smell. Definitive orange juice in this as well as grapefruit. A little bit of pine resin too. Some nice sweet honey as well as biscuit malts. Someone said cotton candy and I could really smell that here. Smells really good for an APA with the correct balance between malts and hops. The smell strength is medium.
T: Again, very sweet balance between the hops and the malts. You get a strong grapefruit as well as orange juice as detected in the smell. More piny hops than in the smell as well as some herbal hops. Sweet honey and cotton candy for the sweets and a biscuit-y malt base. Very well balanced just not strong enough (in the taste) to score higher.
M: Very light body with medium to light carbonation. Could be a bit bigger but the lighter body helps with the drinkability.
D: Solid beer overall. Super tasty with light body. A really good summer brew that could be drank all night.
03-09-2011 02:02:55 | More by flipper2gv
2.63/5 rDev -19.6%
Thanks to Nanoslug for this as an extra!
Poured to NB globe.
A: amber ale pours with little to no head. Clarity is there, until yeast cake gets in. Scattered surface bubbles on the surface. No lacing.
S: Sweet with alcohol, malts. Less hop character than is typical of an APA. The hop character is cotton candy bubble gum though, with little bits of resin.
T: Standard dry on bitter Pale Ale. A little on the sweet side. malty with a slight corn flavor. Unimpressive.
M: Medium body with fine and mediocre carbonation. Leaves tongue slick.
D: Tastes very, very simple. Nothing special here. Worth a try. I don't know the price point here, but under $1.50/12oz should be max here.
02-17-2011 16:06:18 | More by harrymel
2.85/5 rDev -12.8%
Clear light copper, white head. Hop aroma is a mixture of herbal, citrus, and peaches. Some sweet malt backing it up. It's actually refreshing for a pale. Tastes almost like nothing. A few quick sips and I'm starting to get a little bitterness. Well attenuated and nearly watery. I'd like to say more about this beer but there's nothing really here. Make it a true session beer and I'd probably be more interested.
11-17-2010 18:12:31 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.15/5 rDev +26.9%
Wow, what a difference a new contract brewer makes. The old version of this beer brewed at Devils Canyon was pretty mediocre, but this is actually very good.
On tap at Rose & Crown. Appearance is excellent. Clear golden with a soapy-looking white head that lasts and leaves great rings of lacing.
Aroma is fresh bright citrus and floral hops along with a little honey sweetness.
Flavor is sweet pale malt and grain along with lots of floral and citrusy hops, with sweet honey on the finish. A little bit of butteriness/diacetyl is the only flaw, but it's hardly noticeable.
Medium body with a dry and hoppy mouthfeel.
Drinkability is really high. Overall this beer is really excellent - a huge improvement over previous batches, really a totally different beer.Great job, Kasim. I'll be having this again for sure.
02-20-2010 22:48:28 | More by nickd717
4.2/5 rDev +28.4%
On tap at The Rose and Crown in Palo Alto. Pale amber in the glass, bright and clear with a lasting head. Citrusy c-hop aroma, floral, slightly piney. Biscsuit-like malts linger in the background, frolicking amongst the hop fields. Hop flavors are delicate but up-front on the palate, citrusy, fresh and floral. Dry from front to back, light-bodied, perhaps a touch too light, with a faint crackery malt profile. The finish has a beautifully balanced resiny bitterness that doesn't linger too long, making this an easy session beer. Nice stuff, I'm impressed.
02-03-2010 03:44:57 | More by largadeer
Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
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