Striped Bass Pale Ale - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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Reviews by tone77:
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, a touch of hops. Taste is light, refreshing, hops, a bit of malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot afternoon.
05-29-2013 06:47:53 | More by tone77
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3.68/5 rDev +11.5%
Thanks to smokeypeat for this one, always exciting to crack open a canned pale ale. The Striped Bass pours out goldenrod and yellow with a mild chill haze being the only thing standing in the way of reasonable clarity. A white head foams up and quickly settles to a thin film and a broken collar outlining the pale brew. Just a few, small, wet spots of lace are left on the glass above.
Mild floral notes crowd the aroma along with grassy type hops and a faint peppery note. Gettin' hammered on some green grass and high tides, baby. There's a very mild citrus tint to the aroma, like someone smacked you in the face with a week-old grapefruit peel, then it disappeared forever. Not quite as bombarding and raw I would like my pale ales to be, however I don't see anything glaring or wrong with the aroma, either.
The taste isn't quite as hoppy or bitter as I was expecting, as the hop bill must've exerted all of its power on my nostrils. The mild, malty backbone is finally noticeable and provides a good canvas for these American hops to work; pale malts with a touch of faintly sweet bread. Grassy and leafy hops fill the mouth like you were a cow at dinnertime.
That mild peppery spice is back, though the grapefruit from before has nearly vanished completely. Some earthiness, dirt, and a hint of sulfur finish things off - not so sure the sulfur is a welcomed addition, though it's not up to distracting or off-putting levels. Thin-medium bodied for the style with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp, mostly dry, and snappy mouth feel, pretty much what I've come to expect from pale ales.
Not so sure why the ratings on this are so extremely low. I mean, it's not a world beater or anything like that, but it's still a moderately enjoyable pale ale with it's only real weakness being the fact that there are already so many other, slightly more robust pale ales out there. You might be able to say that it's a little boring and/or one-dimensional... Yes, it's simple, but it's still a pretty decent pale ale that's easy enough to put down.
08-05-2013 11:29:02 | More by tectactoe
3.56/5 rDev +7.9%
12oz can, courtesy of the brewery during GABF 2013 and Denver Beer Week.
This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse island chain lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.
It smells of lightly grainy pale caramel malt, mildly stale lemon and grapefruit citrus peel, and more floral, herbal hop notes. The taste is biscuity, semi-sweet caramel malt, overly sweet white bread, citrus cream, a bit of tame table-top pepper, and earthy, herbal hops.
The carbonation is rather laid-back and ineffectual, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt really the only thing interested in prolonging this affair.
A more-or-less above average APA, the hops a little too floral and herbal, versus assertive and bitter for my liking. Easy drinking overall though, but uninteresting enough to engender a desire to move on to something different sooner rather than later.
10-23-2013 00:11:15 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -3%
Poured from a growler purchased from the brewery a few hours ago. The color is a clear straw yellow and it has a nice 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to no lacing. A small rime of head rims the glass.
The smell is honey, slight citrus hops and malty.
The taste is well balanced with some lemon and bready character. It's crisp, but leaves a doughy quality in the aftertaste.
The beer is light, easy to drink, and refreshing.
Overall, this beer is one that I would seek out for a summer day. I wish the hops were a bit stronger as is more typical with APA.
08-06-2012 00:31:46 | More by KMcG
3.36/5 rDev +1.8%
12oz can. Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a big frothy bright-white head. This leaves back huge sticky swathes of sudsy lace. Smells grassy and citric with some soft doughy malt along the back. The taste has a bit more going on with it, being grassy and pithy feeling with a resinous edge. Light notes of herbal and tropical fruit character, as well as some bready malt, helps soften the hops a bit. Bitterness and pine stick to the tongue on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow crispness to the carbonation which glides well. This was OK. The nose could have given up a bit more but it definitely had some decent assertive hoppiness going on. You could do worse than packing some cans of this along on a trip.
07-31-2013 20:46:35 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real soapy white three finger head with lots of staying power though, with big swiss cheese bubbles. Body color is a real golden brass amber, hints of lager looking classic Backbone brewing here, with slow rising carbonation coming up. Quite not use to looking at this and imagining ale, but it looks like a classic impressive lager.
Bouquet hits with a mild balanced mix of light hop, sweet malts and toasty grains and bread. Spicy. Clove like in nature with a bit more sweetness. Quite nice, a little "perfume" like smelling.
Wonderful texture and palate feel. Feels large and malt rich with a somewhat quick grass, but then the after finish brings a real nice lime astringent character. Bready malts hit with lots of toasty aromas. Nice finishing sweetness with lime hop character too.
Overall, I think I would love to save the Cheseapeake like this more often! Tasty memorable pale ale.
10-17-2012 01:42:52 | More by smakawhat
Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.