Peacemaker Pale Ale - Lonerider Brewing
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Reviews by farrago:
2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
About a finger's worth of creamy tan foam, pools of larger bubbles spread throughout, the lacing sticks well at first and then peels off the glass sides, retention could be a touch stronger. Gently hazy orange copper color, seems to want to get to a redder hue but instead veers off into lighter yellow, few bubbles visible. Considerable cocoa and chocolate dust in the nose, supports the sweetness in the orange, tangerine citrus as well as peach, nectarine fruit, otherwise dominated by keen herbaceousness, pine cone, peat, forest underbrush, drives into your nostrils like it's trying to kick down a door or something. Medium-bodied, somewhat calmer here but still flexing its muscles and trying to put its "six-pack" on display for all to see. This impedes a more fluid flow, enters the mouth and then gets stuck during the mid-palate. The mixed white to pink grapefruit, orange citrus clearly the major force, have to credit its inherent sweetness for its ability to stand up to the archly bitter and herbaceous hops, hard to believe this falls under the "APA" category. Pine, white pepper, black tea, twigs and tree bark support the general direction. The carbonation is strong and adds prickle without diminishing the overall density. On that score, weight outlasts most of the flavors, perhaps due to the paucity of apricot, peach fruit. In any event, tiresome halfway through the first bottle, not something I'd want to "session."
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2011 22:44:13 | More by farrago
More User Reviews:
2.58/5 rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12 oz bottle into a goblet.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade, maybe a hair off-white. Retention isn't amazing, and only a tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Smells like a one-trick pony. The problem is, that one trick is caramel maltiness - urgh. Almost no citrus or tropical fruits, and very little pine, just toffee-laden, slightly nutty malts. While the maltiness is pulled off nicely enough, this just comes off like an amber instead of a pale. And that's not what I want.
T: Yep, the dominant flavor is caramel. Caramel, with lesser hints of toffee, marzipan, and a little nuttiness. Hops? Not here. No bitterness, no citrusy or piny flavors, no nothing. It's still within the best-by date, so it's fair game as far as I'm concerned. Frankly, this is a boring drink.
M: Well, it is relatively crisp - if nothing else, it makes the maltiness seem less imbalanced. That, and it's very well carbonated. In fact, the fizz bites the tongue firmly. I think I'll gladly take a slightly harsh fizz over an oppressively malty pale ale (which this would have been if not for the former).
O: Go into this expecting an amber and you might like it more. Since I expected - and wanted - a pale ale, I'm not really a fan. This is just a textbook pale ale that's completely 'safe' and 'mediocre', and it will not be a repeat purchase from yours truly.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 21:53:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
Peacemaker Pale Ale from Lonerider Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.