Walkabout Pale Ale - Flat 12 Bierwerks
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3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Gusher when opened, and a glass full of foam.... 3rd or so beer so far, I'm noticing a trend here. Clumps of sparkling foam that billows above the rim and looks like soap suds. Racing carbonation streams in the glass, tons of foam and carbonation.
Aroma is fairly hoppy, restrained and slightly resiny.
Bitter hops, resiny pine, bitter citrus peel in the dry aftertaste. Nice level of happiness, some IPA's aren't this balanced and drinkable. Carbonation seems high, but it may be a storage issue as this is the 3rd bottle from the same box. Want to try again to get a better overall impression.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 03:25:02 | More by emerge077
4.04/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Want to know how to make a world class American Pale Ale? Flat 12 figured it out! The trick is that you have to abandon the predetermined balance and taste of malt to hops and simply make an IPA, but back off the gravity and alcohol.
Pushing hops clearly into the drivers seat, the lupulin influence is apparent to the eye. The foam billows to the top of the glass and nearly topples it. Seeming of Belgian Ales, its head is light, fluffy and long lasting in its off-white sturdiness. Rocky early and creamy late, the froth laces intricately just above the caramel-colored beer's body underneath.
Bright citrus aromas are a clear cut grapefruit and orange juice medley. With just enough thin caramel and honey underneath, the fruity hop aromas seem to be juicier, plumper and riper because of the tantalizing sweet support. With a light grassy undertow and a peppery phenol bit, the beer clearly sides with hops over that of malt.
Even as malty sweetness greets the tongue first, its honey and caramel flavor is mid-light, just ahead of growing hop flavor. First, the citrus is bright and juicy with a delicate flavor of "Hawaiian Punch" as the grapefruit and orange is met with light pineapple and mango. After the middle palate, the hops continue to grow as the sweetness fades- leading to a gripping bitter taste of citrus rinds, fresh-cut grass and a chlorophyll-driven phenolic-type peppery taste.
Medium-light in body, the beer is all IPA. Nearly dry to the bone, only an echo of malt starch support rises as the hop dryness and mild alcohol ensures a snappy and crisp finish. Mild astringency from citrus peels and vegital hop matter detracts from the ales clean effects.
The style police will be all over this beer because its really an IPA in American Pale clothing. But for hop lovers, this will certainly be an American Pale Ale worth seeking out!
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2013 16:51:18 | More by BEERchitect
Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.