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Break Away Pale Ale - Noble Ale Works

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Break Away Pale AleBreak Away Pale Ale

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 57
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Noble Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GRG1313 on 05-25-2013

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On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark orange and light amber. Creamy, near-white head. Dots and irregular lines of stick left down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Bready aroma with some mild citrus character. Fairly standard for the style and slightly sweet. In Southern California, that's recipe for a letdown.

Moderate bitterness, simple bread and toast, mild citrus hop character. Moderate sweetness. Very drinkable, and a very straightforward American pale.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation. Crisp. Very nice.

Very drinkable pale ale, yet unexciting.

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I find that a lot of Noble's stuff seems to have a hollow feel. I don't know if it's because of heavy hopping, skimpy malt use, excessive attenuation, or some combination thereof. This isn't a bad beer, to be clear. It's just a little one note, herbal, bitter hops banging on your palate until you say uncle. Not really for me.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber orange with a thick and firm pure white head that's relatively long lasting. Nice looking.

Nose is a light smokey toast with some bitter citrus undertones. Hints of lime skin in the nose along with a bit of sweet grass.

Mouthfeel is medium/big with nice very small bubble carbonation and good balance. Inviting.

Flavor profile is bitter toast and bold burnt fruits. Big assertive bitter pine and smokey wood. There is a green pepper/grassy/celery character through the palate and that goes into the finish. Much more like a stylized IPA than a Pale Ale in my opinion; but, big bold flavors with a long lasting pine bitter/woodsy finish.

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5.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and an unbranded pry-off cap acquired at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz about 20 minutes ago and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I loved Noble's Naughty Sauce. Cost was ~$6.00.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fluffy two finger wide head of white-light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Average to above-average (~2-3 minute) retention for the ABV. Light uneven lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Pretty standard head for a pale ale.

Body colour is a clear pale-yellow copper. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No carbonation bubbles are visible.

Very standard fare for a pale ale overall. I don't notice any overt flaws, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Dank hop character evokes mainly herbal notes with some pine and murky citrus thrown in. A bit bready. Pale malts. Pils malts. A bit floral. A sticky, sweet, and clean aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No nectary or oily hops. The label describes a "hoppy bouquet of orange blossom and honeydew"; yeah, that just isn't present - but nice try. Seemingly overhopped for the style; it doesn't come off particularly balanced.

T/Mf: A bit of citrusy hop character - primarily orange with a dab of grapefruit. Some herbal and floral hop character. Noticeable pine is a highlight. Somewhat juicy. Lightly fruity. It's got some hop diversity there, and no naked hop bitterness is present. A bit more balanced than the aroma made it seem. Body is comprised of pale and pils malts, with a lightly bready quality that lends it a fuller feel.

Somewhat refreshing. Smooth and wet. A bit overcarbonated, with a light bite to it. Too thick, heavy, and overbearing on the palate both for the style and for its lack of depth of flavour.

Flavour intensity is above average for the style. Flavour duration is average.

I don't get any yeast character, but there's a bit of noticeable alcohol - kind of unwarranted at a scant 5%. No off-flavours.

Decent complexity and subtlety. I don't mind the execution; it's a passable little pale ale. Decently built, but it's not winning any awards in my book. The bitterness/sweetness balance is right on the money, but it just doesn't bring the flavour like it should.

Dr: Certainly a downable little pale ale from Noble, and one that scratches the pale ale itch. But it's not on par with the best in the style, and it's ultimately somewhat forgettable. There's definitely potential here, but it needs honing to compete with the big dogs for my money. I wouldn't get it again, but I could easily kill another bomber following this one - and that speaks to its quality. Refreshing, but it needs to hide its modest ABV far better than it does.

High C+

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Break Away Pale Ale from Noble Ale Works
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