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Walkabout Pale Ale - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Walkabout Pale AleWalkabout Pale Ale

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88
very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-30-2011

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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 33
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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled at the Filling Station in Nashville yesterday.Pours into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a nice looking sticky white one finger head,good clarity to the body and a nice looking sticky head.Nice hop complexity in the nose with a mix of leafy,grassy,and mild pine resin intertwined with a caramel maltiness.Again good hop compleity on the palate with the pine resin a little more assertive but the grassyy and herbal components are stille there,there is a mix of caramel/biscuit and crystal sugar-like sweetness to make it semi balanced.This is a damn fine APA,just great complexity and fresh tasting,top notch here.

Photo of edhockvols
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Wasn't sure what to expect as I chose this APA by chance on my 21st birthday at the local Casual Pint in Knoxville.

Initially tried to drink straight from the bottle but soon figured out that this wasn't going to work as I was getting basically a mouth full of foam.

Went to pour it into a glass and got about 4 or 5 times the amount of foam as liquid in the glass.

Once the foam had settled it was delicious. It had a beautiful color and seemed to almost have a bit of sediment left in from what I assume were the spices.??

It had a great fruity taste while staying away from the bitterness that I associate with IPAs.
Is this a common thing in the APAs??

All in all I was satisfied with my first try at a 6 pack of craft beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a thin film of white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a sluggish carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The rich apricot jam hops aroma is wonderful but a bit muted and there is some soft papery green hop notes in the finish. Some fruit cocktail hints grow as it opens.

T- The apricot jam hops are dry and wonderful. There is an unripe fruit cocktail flavor to follow with a light toasted graham malt hint popping through. The finish has a nice green pungency that lingers softly after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz finish that compliments the hop pungency.

O- This has a great aroma and a great flavor of that classic Galaxy hop. It is just a bit too soft and leaves me wanting more. As it warms, it does get a bit to dry in the finish that takes away from the nice malt character. Just turn it up a bit and this would be a rock star beer.

Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear golden-amber. Average head of off-white suds. Attractive tree-line lacing.

Nose is immediately recognizable -- aromatic Aussie hops with a spiky, sharp, and floral earthiness. Superb.

Taste is also wonderfully brisk and sharp, with notes of bitter grapefruit and earth again. A superlative pale ale that could easily be classified as an IPA, I'd easily pick this up again!

Photo of theRooster90
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty nice light copper color with lots of bubbles going up.

S: Literally the best smelling beer I have ever put my nose to! Wonderful fruits and florals, passion fruit. Just amazing how good this beer smells. It should be an air freshener!

T: Again, fruity, with some bitterness and a little hop.

M: Zippy carb with a medium body and easy finish,

O: If you get a chance to try this I guarantee you will smell this for a good while. DEFINITELY give this one a try.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, pine, pine hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, and onion hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one really made it stand out for me this night. It was really well balanced, intense, and pleasant. The pine aspect going on here mixed in perfectly with the citrus portion. The flavor while it was quite nice was just not up to the level of the aroma. Would definitely suggest trying this one for any person out there that is curious or gets the chance. Highly recommended.

Photo of Danelf
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite ales. I love the clean taste of the Galaxy hops. However, I have had some inconsistency in batches/taps.

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Thanks Howard!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, mango), along with some light caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, citrus peel, mango, grapefruit) hops, bready malt, and a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall pale ale. I've had a few different brews from Flat 12 now, and I've liked all of them. Definitely worth picking up!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold/orange with a small white head.

Tropical fruit and passionfruit slam your nose with a little bit of dankness to it as well. Very unique aroma.

Flavor follows the nose closely. Wonderful passion fruit up front taste with a little bitterness coating the back of the tongue. Surprisingly smooth.

A touch sticky and good carbonation levels.

I've had Flat12 many times, but this was my first trip to their site. Very quality beer and this one went first of all the growlers I took to a party.

Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Translucent amber, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Citra hops all over the place, citrus grass, lemon and some caramel as well.

T-Good bit of malt, caramel, mild hop presence, in line for an APA, Dirt and pine, slight grass.

M-Light to medium in body, nicely carbonation.

O-Not sure if the bottle was old (no bottle on/best by date) but it seemed almost too malty at times.

Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from CWBlues, into a couple tulips.

Filtered redder orange, with a moderate white head. Good lacing and light retention. Nose of apricot, peach, nectarine, some butter and caramel. A bit of bread. Taste has apricot, peach, and fruity hops. Light tropical character with some bread and pale malt on the back end. Drying with a bit of bitterness. Light feel and low carbonation, although that's probably attributable to the growler. A tasty pale with a nice hop profile, splitting a growler was just about enough for me.

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Britton Tavern.

This one pours a light bodied, very clear bright good in color with a one finger, sudsy bright white head. The nose is bright and fresh. A healthy dose of aromatic Galaxy hops give this one a great nose. The flavors are very fresh with a great amount of crisp, piney and slightly citrusy Galaxy and a slightly sweet pale malt backbone to balance it out. It drinks light in body, crisp and smooth. It's soapy as well. Overall this is a spectacular Pale Ale and my favorite beer out of Indianapolis. If this was bottled it would sell like crazy.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The more Flat 12 beers I see on the shelf, the happier I get. Cheers to Indiana brewing.

A: Dim burnt-amber body, transparent, with short head of eggshell fizz. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

S: A nose that starts with balanced effects of both hops and malts, mixing mandarin orange with pine and grapefruit with Grape-Nuts. But once the hops have passed, intoxicating aromas of vanilla, apricot, and peach wash over the senses, forming a familiar scent of peaches and cream or fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. Mouthwatering.

T: The scales tip toward bitterness at first, starting strong with maraschino cherry, refreshing orange zest, pineapple, and a touch of grassy pine. Malts well up in response, balancing the beast in a wave of vanilla pudding, buttery croissant, and banana bread. In essence, it’s a zesty version of your favorite dessert, like pineapple upside down cake with a kick. Finishes much drier than expected – makes you pucker up just like lemon juice does.

M: A thin body that has enough soft carbonation to make it feel like a pub beer, especially when it’s cold. Has enough pale malt to keep it from being watery.

O: The hops here may not show off the most exotic flavors Australia has to offer, but the way they are used is superb. This beer never gets too dry or too sweet, walking the fine line between refreshment and fulfillment with care – just what a pale ale should be. If I were an Australian, I’d be proud to have my flag on this bottle and my hops in this beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ethan.
Nice bitterness on the end, pretty sweet, little butter. Orange color, no stick on the side

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that rose up about a finger. Didn't leave any real stick on the sides.

S - Smells pretty sweet with some tropical fruits, a little butter, and some pine/resin bitterness on the end. Strong malt backbone.

T - Taste is very much like the nose. This is a nice Galaxy beer with good tropical fruit, pleasant malt backbone, some resin bitterness, and a little bit of butter.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, very drinkable, and can make a nice session of this.

Photo of JDizzle
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 16oz pour at 800 degree in Ft. Wayne, IN. $4.50 for a pint.

A: Whoa, didn't expect a perfect glow like this. It's an orange clear copper with a golden hue. Lacing is wonderful.

S: grapefruit, tangerine, orange, with a bit of sweet malt. Definitely hoppy and piney.

T: Orange, grapefruit, bready malt, with no detection of alcohol. Really clean with a nice citrusy finish.

M: Medium body and refreshing. Carbs are spot on. Nice dry finish that makes you want to take a few hundo more sips.

Flat 12 is the best brewery in Indy-hands down!! I hope they bottle this masterpiece.

Photo of cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, served in a shaker.

Pour: Clear pale yellow orange, and a finger and a half of white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Huge grapefruit and tangerine. Great caramel-honey sweetness. This smelled wonderful.

Taste: Amazing citrus fruits - grapefruit and tangerine mostly. Some light pine in the back. Sweetness is light honey. Peppery and citrusy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Really awesome pale ale. I look forward to getting this again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of cosmicevan
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened and no explosion! Enjoyed from my BT batch 001 willie becher. Brew poured a foggy sienna orange with a thin fizzy head that had staying power from the carb that steadily swam to the surface. Nose is a malt bomb so this must be on the old side since everyone talks about how hoppy the beer is. The bottle has 111414 stamped on it, not sure what that means, but this is no hop bomb. Flavor is also malty with bitterness on the finish. Not a big fan of this one, would love to check it out fresher though to give it a fair shake. Not a drain pour but if this is what this beer is supposed to be like then it is not something I would seek out again, but I would definitely give it another shot considering the nice reviews.

Photo of sgrechukhin
5/5  rDev +26.6%

My favorite pale in Indy. Cant get enough of those galaxy hops!

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: initial pour yielded a huge amount of foam -- about 10 times the height of the liquid in the glass. This is obviously a well-carbonated brew. The body is a medium gold with a light haze and moderate effervescence. The head is dissipating inconveniently slowly -- but I guess that's not a bad thing.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a big, fruity hop character. There's tangerine, berries and pear, all accompanied by a light chalkiness that I happen to really like. Great.

Taste: sweet and fruity, this really hits most of my favorite pale ale flavors. I say fruity, but these are definitely hop flavors -- they are subtle yet complex, with largely the same character present in the aroma. Just great.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a rocky carbonation. Not really creamy, but appropriate for the flavor and style.

Overall: I feel like this beer has carbonation issues -- mouthfeel and inconvenient head attest to this. Other than that, the flavor is great and I could quaff great quantities of this stuff!

Photo of PhilMiller
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Way over carbonated. Poured a 12 oz bottle down the side and still only got half the bottle into a pint glass.

Once it settled down, the color was a perfect golden brown.

Nice citrus and hoppy scent.

The flavor was bitter without being balanced or pleasant. I couldn't rate the mouth feel any higher because of the high level carbonation.

Photo of WKyle
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like head as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous. This beer takes nearly a half hour to pour out because the carbonation is ridiculous. The appearance is a hazy orange yellow. Smell is of toasted bread and hops. Taste of bread, pineapple, and hops. Decently balanced but nothing strikes me as a quality of a great beer. Mostly this beer just doesn't need this much carbonation. It's annoying. The mouthfeel doesn't end up smooth or creamy, rather slightly watery, like a flat coke.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice honey color. It has a nice looking white head, but unfortunately the beers in the 6 pack I purchased seem way over carbed. I have opened 3 of them so far, and each time I pour into a pint glass I end up with 5 fingers of head and have to wait on it to settle before I can finish the pour.

S - Very nice aroma of citrus and pine. I'm picking up a lot of lemon scents.

T - Great tasting beer. Very similar to the aroma. Nice undertones of lemon and other citrus. The pine is very pronounced, especailly on the finish. Nice bitterness to it. Have to agree with others. This is a pale ale that borders on an IPA.

M - A medium bodies beer. Has a slick feel in the mouth. Points off due to being way over carbonated. After I let it set for about 30 minutes the mouthfeel was greatly improved

O - A very enjoyable APA. For some reason the 6 pack I picked up had carbonation issues. Next time I am in Indiana I wouldnt be scared to pick this beer up once again and re review. My score would be higher if it wasnt for the carbonation problem.

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just recently bottled, I was glad to see this at a local package store. Poured a clear, golden-amber with a quickly receding foamy white-head.
A very forceful aroma of bittersweet tropical fruit greeted me upon opening the bottle. The aroma seemed to promise an aggresive flavor profile.
There is no doubt this is a hop forward ale as the galaxy hop's bitter, citrusy flavor attacke the palate. For balance there is a nice but faint malty-buttery aftertaste. This is a showcase for the galaxy hop, and unfortunately detracted a little from the overall tasting experience. For my palate, the hop was simply a little too bitter and not enough fruity citrus; but that is personal preference as other reviewers seemed very impressed.
The body was somewhat thin but soft with surprisingly restrained carbonation. While the aftertaste has some malt, the bitterness always lingers.
This is the second ale I have tried from this brewery, and I enjoyed both. The Australian hop featured in this ale is quite refreshing and unique.

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Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.