Walkabout Pale Ale - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 216
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 33.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of theRooster90
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Flat 12 and also in a bomber that we brought home from them. Evaluated this on 10/4/2011.

The color is lovely - medium yellow amber, very clear with a slight white head the way it was poured from the bomber. Probably different on-tap =)

A heady scent of pineapple, lemon and mango, with a slight musk that I associate with Galaxy hops. Clean and citrusy!

The taste very much holds with the scent - Mango, lemon and pineapple yielding to a dry bitter musky hop finish. Some very slight yeast/bread on the exist. Very clean, with medium body and very little carbonation.

If I had to choose a beer that was satisfying but not something that pummels my taste buds into the ground for daily drinking (other than my beloved porters), it would be this one. I really enjoy the Galaxy hops that have been coming forth in craft beers lately, and this is an excellent example of this hop at its finest.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Replicale from Brewer’s of Indiana Guild Microbrewer’s Festival, July 2011. Single hop pale ale using Galaxy hops. Served in a Bell's tulip. Thanks to Ethan for bringing this back from Indiana.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Smells like Galaxy hops alright. Tropical fruits, and some pine and leafy character as it warms up a bit more. Malt backbone is sugary and surprisingly hefty, albeit still quite reasonable for APA.

T - Again, a delightful blend of tropical fruits, citrus, and floral hop character with a sugar and toffee malt backbone. Bitterness level is moderate.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, lightly grain texture, and an oily resinous finish. Could stand to be a touch dryer.

D - Really easy drinking stuff - I wish Half Acre had made something like this (i.e. a Galaxy version of regular Daisy Cutter). Yet another showcase of the extremely delicious and versatile Galaxy hop. I hope Flat 12 makes this regularly, as it's too good to be a festival one-off.

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Photo of emyers
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly couldy pale gold with a one-inch white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Strong dose of citrus hops up front - grapefruit, tangelo, clementine. A little bit of tropical fruit as well. Very pungent and juicy hop presence for a pale ale. Better hop presence than a large number of IPA's out there.

Taste: As far as pale ales go, this is once again exploding with hop flavor. Huge grapefruit and tangelo flavors along with a bit of papaya. Very mild onion on the finish, which is a fairly minor complaint, but still holds the beer back a bit. Very high perceived bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very. very dry. Bitterness dries the palate considerably. Light bodied, appropriately medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I love galaxy hops. As far as the extent to which this beer delivers overall hop presence it's on the same level as Zombie Dust. It's a little bit...messier for lack of a better word. Regardless, this is a truly excellent pale ale.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orangey yellow in color. Forms a bubbly head that quickly reduces to a thin, patchy surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Very nice Galaxy aroma. Tropical fruit, mango, citrus with a little pine and some caramel malts.

T: Taste is a blend of bitter pine and tropical fruit with a significant malty backbone.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a fairly strong bitterness.

O: A very drinkable, practically gulp-able, APA. While the tropical Galaxy is present, I would have liked to have tasted a bit more of the hop in this beer. Never-the-less, still a quite nice beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at boombozz. Copperish-orange color, light white fluffy head. Mouthfeel was smooth for the genre, very crisp. Some malt flavor with definite citrus towards the backend. I was a fan.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, pine, tropical fruit, slight herbal, floral

T-Brady malt, pine, floral, tropical fruit, light to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-enjoyable PA, easy drinkability, nice beer during the summer

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Photo of edhockvols
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

This one was a gusher . . . My first ever. Anyway, surprisingly some really good pale ale qualities going on with this beer. I wasn't giving it much a chance. Not sure why that is but I am pretty impressed regardless. Nice looking beer and pleasant aromas. Taste is primarily citrus and piney. Feel is just right with the carbination being spot on. Overall Walkabout is a solid pale ale top to bottom. Kinda reminds me of S.N. pale ale mixed with Celebration ale with a couple months on it. Good beer.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small pour of this on tap at a local Mellow Mushroom, then bought a bottle because I really liked it. I'm becoming a big fan of galaxy hops and this beer features them nicely.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin half finger white head. Hardly any head retention and just a few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of orange and tangerine along with some mango. Very strong tropical fruit and quite rich. There is a little biscuit underneath and some grass.

Huge punch of tropical citrus in the flavor but there is a very strong toasty malt backbone. Bitterness is on the very high side which is nice considering the decent maltiness here. Bitterness and malt lingers through the finish with a full and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a very nice APA that almost borders on IPA territory. Excellent hop/malt balance and quite drinkable too.

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Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
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