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California Pale Ale (CAPA) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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California Pale Ale (CAPA)
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90
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DJButters on 02-19-2013)
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
Photo of lordofstarside
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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

More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap for the 50/50 tap takeover during SF Beer Week 2013.

Very smooth and delicious APA. Likely dry hopped but not known for certain. Can put it up with other similar hoppy pale ales; Hoppy Birthday, Zombie Dust and Row. Would like to see them all side by side. I am very much fan of this style brew, all of the flavor with less booze.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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California Pale Ale (CAPA) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.