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American Darling - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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American DarlingAmerican Darling

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88
very good

262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 37
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 07-17-2009)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Start to the Zhukov tasting.

A. Pours hazy yellow with whisp of white foam.

S. Light fruit with a bit of spicy hop aroma.

T. Light pear, spicy hops, light malt sweetness.

M. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Great for a lager. I like this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:36:12 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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A - Straw colored, clear, with a gentle lager dance of carbonation.
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S - Biscuit, a hint of summer cornfield, sweet malt, lovely nose.
T - Light malt, a hint of citrus, there is a sweetness that is not offensive, but truly interesting.
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A: Perfectly clear golden pour. Mid-sized and extremely fizzy, soda-like head. Head is slightly offwhite and very effervescent. Head fades out fast with zero lacing. Okay lacing at least.

S: Light grassy notes, very light citrus and black pepper. Light grainy malt.

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American Darling from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.