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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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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DJButters on 02-19-2013)
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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

01-12-2014 22:25:48 | More by lordofstarside
More User Reviews:
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-03-2013 22:50:12 | More by csmartin6
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DJButters

California

4.49/5  rDev +9%

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.

02-19-2013 20:01:39 | More by DJButters
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-18-2014 23:51:03 | More by mc4z
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-08-2013 23:39:02 | More by CRJMellor
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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-28-2013 22:44:05 | More by RandyKemka
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-03-2013 01:21:38 | More by largadeer
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kdown

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-05-2013 05:47:42 | More by kdown
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sansho

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-01-2013 23:08:21 | More by sansho
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-19-2013 15:33:07 | More by rbrefbeerman
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random846

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-17-2014 22:41:16 | More by random846
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ac22rush

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-10-2014 00:47:15 | More by ac22rush
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-04-2013 04:18:54 | More by drewone
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tschiess

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-30-2013 04:43:16 | More by tschiess
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irv2424

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-11-2013 03:56:02 | More by irv2424
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-24-2013 02:52:14 | More by jmdrpi
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-18-2013 21:33:00 | More by DNICE555
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scottfrie

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

03-30-2014 02:24:54 | More by scottfrie
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-12-2014 03:01:37 | More by brotherloco
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thedankness

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-24-2013 21:25:38 | More by thedankness
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AgentMunky

California

3.83/5  rDev -7%

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.

04-13-2014 01:07:36 | More by AgentMunky
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-20-2014 19:29:28 | More by Resuin
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-11-2013 03:05:34 | More by zestar
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badb_rad

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-20-2014 06:28:33 | More by badb_rad
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-14-2013 18:51:04 | More by PittBeerGirl
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California Pale Ale (CAPA) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.