Walkabout Pale Ale - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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 BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 +11.7%
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 flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, picked up on a family road trip to Indianapolis
A - persisteny, creamy off-white head tops a deep golden-amber body
S - juicy lemon-lime and passion fruit, somewhat herbal and vegetal
T - nutty toasty grain, caramel malt, juicy, lemon & lime pith, passion fruit
M - thinner than medium for body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - nice juicy American Pale Ale with Aussie hops. Glad to have the chance to try it.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 cosmicevan
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of tykechandler
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

the high rating for this is just ridiculous. it's a below average beer, which means (according to the ratings) it is a well below average APA. i would never pay for this beer, unless i were in some hell of a bar where it happened to be the best option. the taste is very malt-driven, with a too much diacetyl and lightly cheesy notes.

Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 rangerred
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +16%
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 BarryMFBurton
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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 cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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 JDizzle
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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 GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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 207 ratings.