Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale - World Brews
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4.08/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
04-04-2011 01:07:43 | More by G2Brew
3.69/5 rDev +17.1%
This beer is a deep medium to dark orange color. The head is an off-white shade. It reaches about half a finger and has pretty good retention. Patching is dropped in reasonably good quantity.
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.
The hops are surprisingly strong given my expectations, coming to the forefront with the malts balancing but keeping it on the hoppier side. It's more herbal on the tongue with a not-quite-acidic sharpness and some lemon zest countered by a firm note of caramel and bread that leans toasty.
The body is medium, well-sustained and generally pretty fluffy off a consistent carbonation. It's got lots of crisp bite and some smoothness, too. A slight, very slight astringency is hinted at here and there but never quite cuts through.
12-12-2013 12:30:34 | More by Brenden
3.48/5 rDev +10.5%
A - pale, translucent copper with a dense, bubbly, white head that has decent retention
S - citrusy and a bit soapy
T - very faint bready malt, sweet, citrusy
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a rather simple, one-dimensional offering. It's drinkable and smooth, but boring. It's cheap so I don't disappoint the six pack to hang out with friends, but I'll definitely avoid in the future.
07-21-2012 01:46:08 | More by tdm168
3.43/5 rDev +8.9%
Solid but not critical perfumy, tart apple APA.
A: Mostly clear faded goldenrod body with a frothy, persistent, two finger off white head.
S: Buttery malt, some fruit (apricot?) a bit of dusty, zesty hops, and a small hint of an off scent, like adjunct or metal.
T: Very floral and fruity with perfumy oils, tart green apple, white grape. Hops are light and follow the nose. Malt is solid, on butter like the nose, but not completely robust.
M: Finely textured and a bit light on the carbonation. Slightly drying.
O: Very close to Anchor Humming Ale. Perhaps Anchor brews it?
EDIT: That's my picture!
02-16-2012 00:59:10 | More by dmfrench
3.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.30 %
LOOK: Pale orange colored brew, white soapy head forms with some lacework as well.
SMELL: Earthy, grassy, cat pee like scent from the hops. A good helping of herbal and tea like aromas eventually develop as well.
TASTE: Pale malt flavor with light toasted notes, caramel, and fresh bread. Hops are highlighted pretty well, with more herbal, grassy, faint lemon notes. Somewhat crisp and generally good tasting and drinks fairly easily. Mellow notes of malt and herbal, citrusy hop.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, but comes off a bit watery. A few of these would be good on a hot day, however.
OVERALL: Easy going pale here with no frills but also nothing out of place. Pretty standard, and there is nothing wrong with that. Give it a try.
10-11-2012 17:45:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.