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Sweet As! Pacific Ale | GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall

very good
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Sweet As! Pacific AleSweet As! Pacific Ale

Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HuskyinPDX on 08-23-2012

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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured a clear, light orange. The aromatics were extremely powerful showing a mix of stone & citrus fruit along with some floral components. Grassy at first with plenty of grapefruit & a hint of tropical, exotic fruit on the back of the palate. Balanced with a hoppy bite. This is very soft in the mouth despite the hop presence. It leaves a lingering grapefruit finish.

Another very good effort from GoodLife. Hoping this gets canned or bottled soon.

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Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 12oz can pours a slightly hazy golden brew into a goblet. A thick white frothy cap builds just over a finger high retaining decently. A few sheets of lace right away with drizzle following down much of the glass.

S- A fair amount of hops in the foreground with citrus and pine resin most prominently displayed. Sweet oranges come to mind as there are hints of crackery and caramel malts in balanced proportions.

T- Opens up with sweet orange and grapefruit citrus hops in a fairly neutral overall flavor profile. The hops have the slightest edge also bringing pine and floral tones. Pale fruit esters like white grape, light caramel sweetness, yeast bread and crackers come to mind.

MF- Creamy and somewhat chewy light-medium bodied overall. The bubbles are at a moderate level and promote a great smoothness throughout. Finishes with a floral bitterness.

Fairly laid back citrus and pine hops lead to pale fruit esters and a touch of light grains. The can has no date so I have no idea how old this is but it certainly doesn't seem to match what some people say about it. Will have to revisit someday, I hope.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Cloudy light amber, thick foamy lace

SMELL: Fresh berries, floral, hop resin, kiwi, bready, honeydew melon, clean alcohol

TASTE: Malty, smooth, big crispness, balanced bitterness, hop-forward flavor, prickly, citrus, dragon fruit, dried grass; semidry, long hoppy finish

Brewed with only “Pacific” hops, meaning from Australia and New Zealand ... Galaxy and Pacifica respectively. Really, really tasty with a kiss of hop flavor that sticks to the palate. More than interesting enough to keep us going, let alone that it is simply very drinkable; a good find if you run into this one.

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Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sourdog
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Medium sized white head quickly settles to about a quarter inch then slowly recedes from there above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Light pleasant aroma with some soapiness to it, but it's main characteristics are lightly roasted sweet grain malt evenly blended with a lightly citrus style hops.

The taste is on the lighter side with the light citrus style hops becoming slightly more bitter than the aroma would have suggested and this has an overbearing effect on the lighter lightly roasted malts.

A lighter dryish aftertaste with some slight bitterness and the light soapiness present in the aroma makes a big comeback with the aftertaste on this light to medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent aroma and taste that kind of loses its appeal with the soapy aftertaste that this beer has.

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Photo of acurtis
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nater
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light yellow beer that comes in a can does not disappoint. It has a sweet aroma from the use of citrus like hops. Has a nice silky mouth feel and is nice and balanced but powerful abv hiding behind a drinkable beer. Great for a hot summers day.


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Photo of roostor07
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, procured from a cool bottleshop/tap room in downtown Sandpoint called the Idaho Pour Authority.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, silkenly foamy, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves some random streaky and tacky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat dank pine resin, mixed tropical fruit (pineapple core, kiwi, and more pedestrian grapefruit), crackery caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, honeyed tropical fruit - more or less the same ones from the aroma - resinous pine needles, and more leafy, weedy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite understated in its genial and lilting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, these particular hops not of the edgy, prickly sort. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt and complex foreign and domestic hop esters still swirling about the various extremities of my palate.

A pretty tasty and engaging Yankee pale ale, one embiggened by a heady dose of south seas fruitiness, which works well, overall. I'm not so sure that the name works as nicely though - I get what they're going for, but it is equally easy to miss or ignore the exclamation point, and see it as 'sweet as pacific ale', which sounds either incomplete, or just confusing.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JamLand
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jellikit
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow. Hazy. Haze partly due to the yeast sediment. Foamy head that disappeared quickly.

S: mango. Citrus. Light floral notes. Dough from yeast.

T: mango, citrus. Lemon peel. Light breadiness.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: this is a pretty good pale ale. Not bad, not outstanding. Light and slightly bitter.

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Photo of aaholmes
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Spikester
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From their website: Malt: NW Two Row, White Wheat, Briess Vienna
Hops: Pacifica, Galaxy
On the can 18 IBU. This beer is not an IPA or even a Pale Ale. It is a Blonde or Wit.

Pours cloudy gold with very little white head. Some wispy lacing.
Smells quite nice with a fruity and leathery hops aroma. The website also said this is made with all New Zealand hops.
Taste is fruity, pineapple, apricot, and some minor hop bitterness. Some soapiness probably from the hop variety.
Mouthfeel is medium and just enough carbonation.
Overall a tasty and somewhat unusual beer. I will possibly edit this review after I finish the six pack.
Edit: Raised the appearance number. This is something like a summer ale. Nowhere near an APA. Still a flavorful and refreshing light ale. I gave the look a bump due to nice head and good lacing.

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Photo of Beardo
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium, hazy golden amber with a healthy two finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, peppery hops. Very nice flavor of light stone fruit, light tropical fruit, citrus, bready malt and low key, but nicely integrated grassy hops. Medium bodied with good active carbonation. This was a bit of a surprise, I'm not a big fan of apa's (rather go full bore IPA), but I liked the other Goodlife brews so decided to give it a t try. I'm glad I did, really enjoyed this. The sweetness is almost inappropriate for a apa, but there is enough going on here and it is so well balanced, that it worked well. This is probably closer in style to a hopped blonde. I liked this enough to not review it to style (and apa is not on the can nor website, so may not have been the style intended). If I were in the market for a six pack of a pleasant session ale, this would be in my top 10.

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Sweet As! Pacific Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
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