California Pale Ale (CAPA) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lordofstarside:
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Filled up in Truckee 5 days ago, served into a pint glass
Pours a very dark cloudy gold with shades of orange. There was about a half finger of head, there wasn't much noise when I twisted open the cap, so I think it may have lost some of it's carbonation. Anyway, it died down pretty fast to a thin ring around the glass. A few bubbles pop up from the sides now and then, lacing's okay
Smell is super hoppy- strong upfront grapefruit and pine with hints of floral orange and lemon. A really sweet caramel malt makes a subtle backbone with a pinch on alcohol. It all comes together well
Taste isn't quite as strong as the nose, but still has all the same features. Strong pine and grapefruit and citrus followed by a more earthy floral undertones. The malts aren't as sweet as the aroma but the caramel comes through a lot stronger
Feel is moderately bitter with a medium body and a wet finish. Not at all flat, but the carbonation definitely took a hit
Overall I had a taste of this before I got the growler fill and it was a lot better, so I adjusted the scores to match what I had at the brewery. At five days being refrigerated at all times, I really think this should have held longer. I really wish FiftyFifty would switch to swing top growlers
All of that said, this is a really impressive pale ale that could easily pass as an ipa in a blind test to anyone. I like how it catches the west coast hop ethos by cranking out a pale ale stronger than most the country's ipas. As far as the hops go, this one is above and beyond, straddles the space between an apa and an ipa
Serving type: growler
01-12-2014 22:25:48 | More by lordofstarside
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3.83/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served on-tap in a tulip glass. From notes.
A: Hazy golden with good lacing.
S: VERY good. Loads of hops. Fresh pine.
T: Tastes like a pale ale. Light, yeasty, and gently hopped. However, hops are citrusy and fresh. Nice, but rather unremarkable.
M: Crisp and alright. Yeasty-weird.
O: Very drinkable. Enjoyable; good pale ale. Recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
04-13-2014 01:07:36 | More by AgentMunky
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint on tap at the brewery. Growler domed the following day.Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours hazy honey color with a huge rocky, greasy, and oily head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting greasy film. A solid sheet of lace was left down the glass.
S: Super fresh notes of citrus hops with just a touch of mint. Hops are extremely fresh and bright smelling with grapefruit pith and sweet tangerine nectar dominating. Slightly dank hop oils as well.
T: Follows the nose with a very vibrant and fresh hop profile of sweet orange and tangerine citrus juices followed by bitter notes of grapefruit rind and just a touch of lemon zest. Mint pokes through in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of very fresh hop resin and juicy citrus. The pale malt backbone is hardly noticeable.
M: Medium-light body, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel, and crisp scrubbing carbonation that is smooth. Very drinkable and light. Hop resin and oily mouthfeel but not overly greasy or heavy. Drying mouthfeel actually.
O: Extremely quaffable and refreshing all around. Had a pint at the brewery and then downed a growler at the cabin. Really great clean hop profile that isn't crushingly bitter or heavy. This should be bottled.
Serving type: growler
03-30-2014 02:24:54 | More by scottfrie
California Pale Ale (CAPA) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.