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Palomino American Pale Ale - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Palomino American Pale AlePalomino American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbONE on 08-20-2008)
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Reviews by Philousa:
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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An opaque golden brown with thin delicate froth which attempts to cling to the glass but slides back into the drink. Lemony hops aroma doesn't punch you in the nose, yet is very distinct and obvious. Toasted white bread malt comes through in aroma as well. Light citrus hops hit first in taste as well, but the malt comes through much better. Oak and buttered biscuit balance the oily hops bitterness well. The light malt comes across nutty, but a bit thin, which is a good compliment to the mild hops bitterness that remains. Feel is a bit watery, but acidity and a bit of overactive carbonation in the drink give it some volume.

Being in Southern California with the fam for the holidays, I had to try something local I can't find in the Bay Area. I wasn't disappointed with this offering from Bootleggers. Coincidentally, the brewery is only a couple towns away from where I grew up. Good to know they're putting out quality craft beer in the old stomping grounds (besides The Bruery, of course). I liked this beer overall, but it did come across as thin, lacking in some way. It could have been rounded out, as the taste and aroma seemed to favor towards the lighter end of the spectrum. Maybe some more robust malt, I don't know. I really enjoyed the hop characteristics though, and look forward to trying other brews from Bootlegger's.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a nice pale ale. It was nicely balanced in the flavor. The aroma on this one was just decent though. I enjoyed this one and would drink it again.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Got about a finger of white, quickly dissipating head. A vaguely cloudy golden hue. Head retention is basically non-existent. Smells like lemon rind and a bit of floral spiciness. Tastes pretty similar to its scent. Definitely getting that lemon zest and a nice lingering citrus overall. Not very bitter at all, and it suits the beer well. Very drinkable. Could go through a couple of 22's of this over an afternoon. A notch above SNPA in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughtout the session with chains of bubbes rippling up through the glass

light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of whaeat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presenced was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nice light, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes spprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish.

Photo of Jree261
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Golden yellow to straw with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Light berries and cut grass. Some citrus secondary.

Taste-Scorch takes the place of the fruit on the front and green vegetables with barbecue on the back end.

Mouthfeel-Light-Mid body, medium length on the finish.

Overall-This beer looks and smells fantastic. I wish the berry aromas had stuck around for the flavor. It was a little heavy handed on that barbecue/charcoal. I also wish the finish had lingered longer. Loved the nose though.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vacax
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden with a nuance of orange. Generous head around two fingers, high retention for a thick long lasting white head with some thick strands of lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of fruity hops, not an intense aroma, but quite a nice one with pear, mango, peach, and grapefruit. I dig the nose, though I would like it a bit more powerful.

The flavor is equally clean and fruity, with the hop character dominating. I like how "American Pale Ale" is right on the bottle, and it delivers in highlighting the hops instead of malts. Tastes quite floral with peach, pine, and pear as well. Good flavors, though the overall taste profile is not as intense as I want a 5.5% beer to be. The flavors are there, but I want more of them. The bitterness and oils of the hops are highlighted in the flavor, but it is very approachable for such a beer. Great starter beer for a fledgling hophead. The carbonation is medium to high, but natural and creamy, which is usually good, but the body comes off as a bit light. The tap version is better with a more prickly carbonation, which improves this.

The flavors here are really good, I wish it was stronger, but this is a tasty beer. As it is, it is very very drinkable. When this gets ran through the Hopinator with whole leaf hops... the extra rush of hops makes it quite sublime! Recommended for a crisp, hoppy, easy every day beer. I got a case at the brewery to enjoy because fresh local beer is simply the best.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into reidel beer glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with 1/2 inch white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Fresh pine and citrus hops...pleasantly strong but not overpowering.
T: Follows aroma...which is a good thing. Fresh and strong pine, citrus, and floral hops. Reminiscent of a toned-down Furious.
M: Light body. Smooth and slightly oily feel. Moderate hop bite with a mildly dry finish.
D: Highly drinkable and sessionable brew. Refreshing and not overly hopped. A solid offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Palomino American Pale Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.