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Glass City Pale Ale (new) - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brenden on 11-18-2011

Boasting the essence of grapefruit and citrus, aromatic Citra hops make this ale dangerously drinkable on a warm day, but always a good choice year round.
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on tap at Maumee Bay brewpub in Toledo.

This APA is a deep amber color, probably a little darker than average, and has plenty of hop aroma and flavor. The hop component smells primarily of citrus but tastes more herbal and piney. There's a malt base in both the nose and the flavor, but this is a hop-forward APA, and turns moderately bitter by the finish.

Medium-light carbonation with a medium body.
O: this APA leans quite a bit in the direction of an IPA, and could pass for one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how to categorize this; it's still called Class City Pale Ale but it's a completely different beer, as the old recipe was replaced with this one when current brewmaster Jon Koester came in and revamped everything. The new version reminds me very much of Great Divide's Fresh Hop, which I had side-by-side and intend to review as well.

This beer forms a nice, creamy yellowish head nearly a finger tall that manages good retention and has some strength to it, leaving nice, patchy deposits on the glass. The beer itself is a deep, thick amber in color.
A bit of caramel malt gives balance before giving way to a strong hoppy bitterness. There's a bit of rawness to it, with resinous pine notes standing out and grapefruit coming in behind. There's a touch of leafiness to it as well as a light hint of mintiness, which I'm guessing belies the brewer's love of amarillo hops.
Things really mesh in the flavor, as the malt is enough to balance and, while hoppy, this beer manages to stay within the parameters of the style. It almost seems like an IPA with its strength of flavor and bold hops presence. Again, a flash of mint underneath pine and grapefruit with some raw leafiness to it, though it finishes out with just a touch of grass and earthiness.
The light but constant crispness gives way to smooth, easy drinking in a medium body.
I'm really glad the original beers have been revamped but I also have to say it's a completely different beer. I assume the owners simply didn't see a reason or want to change the name of one of their flagship beers despite the recipe.

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Glass City Pale Ale (new) from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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