Robot Surf Factory Pineapple Pale Ale - Spring House Brewing Company
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Reviews by AdamBear:
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Pineapple pale ale...I have high expectations of a hoppy pale ale with a pineapple hint rather than citrusy.
A-golden, not a lot of bubbles, not a lot of head.
S-smells hoppy with a bit of pineapple, but unfortunately there's more of an adjunct syrupy scent here. Just smells like it's of very poor quality.
T-Fortunately this doesn't taste adjunct or syrupy. Comes in with a flavor of fruit punch and grains, though to be fair the fruit punch does lean more towards pineapple than other fruits. It's actually an okay flavor and then comes in a fairly impressive bitterness for an APA. The bitterness sticks.
M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish
O-I like this. Doesn't look or smell right, but it has a good lasting flavor that makes you glad you have a bomber. It could pass for an IPA and the pineapple aspect doesn't make this a novelty, it really just adds to the flavor. Make it cheaper, make it cans, you'll get me to buy this again, and in bulk.
07-16-2013 03:41:26 | More by AdamBear
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3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap @ the Spring House Taproom (Lancaster, PA) on 6/2/12. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger or so of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a thin foaminess throughout, leaving back lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is mostly all juicy pineapple flavors. There is maybe a bit of some light floral edges and malt sweetness along the back but this is pretty much all tropical sweetness with a bitter edge to it from the fruit.
The taste is the same, with pineapple giving this not only a ripe juiciness but also a pretty heady amount of pithy bitterness that lingers strongly in a dry finish. This is undercut by some neutral sweet graininess and a light grassy hops bitterness but the overall impression here is flavorful and bright feeling fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue with more of a smooth feeling crispness along the back. This has a nice quenching flow to it that compliments the flavors here well.
Well, like most of the fruit beers from here, this is pretty heavy on the pineapple and your overall enjoyment of this is probably going to depend on how much you like it. That said, I thought that is worked very nicely as the primary flavor in a Pale Ale, as it brings not only added sweetness to the table but also its own bitterness without having to overly rely on hops to keep this crisp. This was quite tasty and drinkable, especially as it warmed up.
06-05-2012 14:31:09 | More by Kegatron
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
Growler to pint glass. Shared with family and friends the day it was filled. Sampled 4/7/12.
A: One and a half fingers of a light brown foamy head rises, retains well, and falls to a long lasting film and collar. The body is a medium dark coppery-amber color and considerably darker than expected for a pineapple beverage of any sorts. Magnificent clarity. Complete sheets of lace grab the walls of the glass each time it is tilted back.
S: Bold aromas of pineapple hit the nose first and, as expected, make it hard to pick out the grain and hop aromatics. While the pineapple scent is somewhat juice-like, it is not recklessly *oozing* with sweetness - or is at least countered with enough bitterness to offset. So, well done on the nose.
T: Mild caramel malt backdrop, firm bitterness. Intense flavors of pineapple juice/concentrate begin to take over almost all of the beer-related qualities. Very sweet and soda-like...and artificial. Pleasant flavor (show me somebody that doesn't like pineapple!) but overbearing by the end of the glass.
M: Medium-light body with an appropriate and satisfying level of carbonation throughout the swallow - sustaining even afterwards - and inviting the flavor to carry on through.
O: Good novelty beer...so enjoy it for what it is. I was kind of hoping, however, that Matt would have allowed a more natural pineapple character to come through from the hop selection instead of what seemed to be fruit or even juice concentrate. With that in mind, I think that there could be some potential in IPA or DIPA territory as well.
06-23-2012 10:56:14 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Served on-tap at Spring House Taproom into a nonic pint.
A: Bold golden yellow colored body with minimal cloudiness to it initially, perhaps chill haze. A foamy, soapy looking head sits atop white in color that left really nice lacing and a good retention cap.
S: Big juicy pineapple, pale malts, wheat and some bitter citrusy hops. Certainly the pineapple aroma is dominating the overall profile but there is a clean bitter break, along with a solid malt backing breaking through.
T: Very pineapple forward. Pineapple juice, sort of artificial in flavor comes first followed by some faint caramel malt undertones. There's a soft bitterness at the back of the palate from some fruity hopping but the pineapple comes full circle. It never really breaks away from it, allowing the hops to do their thing like a Pale Ale should.
M: Slightly bigger body than expected for the style, creamy and nicely carbonated. It drinks with more body and ABV than it should.
You've got to like pineapple to enjoy this beer, you really do. That said, I thought this was a nicely done fruit-flavored Pale Ale. While there were some trace artificial flavors, it doesn't come across as one. The hops I wish were more pronounced to cut some of the subtle sweetness from the fruit, but other than that, it's very tasty.
04-23-2012 17:19:14 | More by ShanePB
Robot Surf Factory Pineapple Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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