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Walkabout Pale Ale - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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BA SCORE
89
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-30-2011)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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
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oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-07-2013 21:51:32 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -25%

08-03-2013 06:38:27 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:25:02 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 03:01:19 | More by MasterSki
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev 0%

08-02-2013 03:40:59 | More by SocalKicks
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:21:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-05-2013 18:46:30 | More by brandoman63
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2012 19:50:15 | More by liamt07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2012 11:56:35 | More by thagr81us
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flagmantho

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 21:55:21 | More by flagmantho
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2011 21:23:03 | More by AgentZero
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 00:01:54 | More by bluejacket74
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +25%

11-14-2011 15:06:19 | More by whartontallboy
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aasher

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 18:19:16 | More by aasher
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-21-2013 22:34:58 | More by Lare453
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2012 22:34:05 | More by Florida9
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-04-2014 22:57:33 | More by AlexFields
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cosmicevan

New York

3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:39:28 | More by cosmicevan
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-01-2013 15:16:44 | More by tom10101
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birchstick

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-29-2012 19:44:20 | More by birchstick
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-27-2013 23:56:47 | More by MSandahl23
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-10-2013 19:01:52 | More by twenty5
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 15:04:43 | More by rlee1390
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-22-2014 19:17:18 | More by thatoneguymike
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Walkabout Pale Ale from Flat 12 Bierwerks
89 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.