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Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale - World Brews

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Tap Room No. 21 Pale AleTap Room No. 21 Pale Ale

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: G2Brew on 04-04-2011

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Tap Room Brewery is a division of World Brews of Novato, CA. According to their website, Tap Room No. 21 is "an ode to the repeal of Prohibition."

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at 45F. No "best by" date.

A - It pours a beautiful deep amber, with ample rising bubbles. A full finger of very creamy off-white head hung around a little while, waking up with every movement of the glass, and left good lacing.

S - A quick blast of citrus on the first whiff, followed up with deeper grapefruit clarification, some herbal and woody notes, and very faint malt. You have to work for this, it doesn't jump out at you.

T - The first surprise in the flavor was the lack of the things I smelled. That big, bright citrus blast was non-existent in the taste - not necessarily a bad thing, just surprising. Big caramel is followed by sweet malt. Grapefruit-led hops provide a nicely balanced bitterness, with a little spiciness, and herbal, floral notes in the back of the mouth. Not much aftertaste. Pretty clean, despite the surprisingly intense flavors.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel, with sufficient but slightly understated carbonation. A little on the watery side, but not bad for an APA.

O - This beer was a nice surprise. I'd never heard of it, and picked it up in a "mix your own 6-pack" deal at a grocery store. It is a very easy drinking brew, smooth, and flavorful. Not a big nosegay of hops like you often get in any American Pale Ale, investing instead in flavor. Malt forward, but with a complex blend of hops. A great session beer.

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Unlike the other two I've tried in this lineup, this beer seems like a pretty good representative of the style. Hops and malts are well-balanced, caramel and a little crust offsetting floral and grassy bitterness with a slightly sharp note to it. It's got a grainy undertone with a very mild astringency, but otherwise nothing off-putting and decently strong.
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Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.