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

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Sweet As! Pacific AleSweet As! Pacific Ale

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 08-23-2012

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Nater
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


Photo of Aml42000
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of jellikit
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | 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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of portlandwolfpack
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light gold
Smell: Piney
Taste: Hoppy aftertaste
Feel: Smooth, barely carbonated
Overall: This beer is good for easy drinking when you want something light without a whopping flavor profile.

Photo of thedetective
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid lighter brew. Easy drinking with nice carbonation and a thorough middling malt with fresh hoppiness. Although this is in the wrong category... definitely not an APA, more like a Golden Ale, although that isn't a category. We need more categories on Beer Advocate, because APA certainly denotes something more hoppy than 18 IBU

Photo of founddrama
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, almost great? Has Galaxy and Pacifica hops. And I love both of those but... Neither of the hops notes ring through.

Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, bright golden with a foamy, off white head.

Sweet, citric fruits primarily in the nose.

Starts out with more lightly sweet, tropical, citric notes which turn into a light bitter finish.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A simple, but enjoyable pale ale. The deviation from the standard PNW hop line-ups used in pale ales was a pleasant, though subtle change.

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright gold color with a nice sturdy white head.

Aromas are nice, lots of floral and white wine notes.

Taste is bready up front, dry, and slightly sweet. Finish is crisp, with some white wine, grassy, and green apple. Very flavorful but not over the top?

Mouthfeel is quite good. Full and smooth, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable and thirst quenching Pale. This beer is quite good, and I'd love it even more if they dialed down the ABV a bit more.

Photo of alexrichman
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A> Poured from a 12oz can, poured a cloudy golden-orange with a small head that dissipated quickly but left a bit of lacing

S> Subdued. Sweet malts, a bit of grass, perhaps a bit of melon and lemon

T> More lively than the bouquet, the malt is complex and less sweet than I thought it would be. The hops are noticeable but not overpowering, much like the smell there is still a lot of grass, with a bit of lemon, and a touch of spice and white pepper. Nice finish with good balance between the hops and the malt.

M> Solid mouthfeel, good carbonation, but a bit too sweet.

O> Pretty interesting beer, it reminds me of a golden ale with a hop profile closer to an american pale ale. A solid beer but just a bit too sweet for the ABV.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Elliot Bay Brewing.

A - Served a paler, light orange with a smaller cream-colored head with great retention.

S - Very tropical. Pineapple and mango, but still pretty smooth.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrusy and tropical. Smooth creamy finish after te pineapple, lemon, orange and mango.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Smoothly, creamy and silky finish.

O - I was very impressed. Smooth and good flavors.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OCT 5, 2014
On tap at Giovanni’s in Beaverton last night. A clear, light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks solid. The nose is fresh, fruity, bright and refreshing with light orange, mandarin and a touch of grapefruit present. A mild honey character is present too. The palate opens fresh, fruity and refreshing with a blend of not too acidic oranges, minimal vegetal hop character, a little grapefruit and some honey. Mildly watery on the mid palate, this beer is drying on the finish with a mild bitterness. Pleasantly carbonated, this is quite enjoyable. Solid stuff.

Photo of draheim
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a pale coppery color w/ a big frothy white head, decent lacing, moderate carbonation w/ some suspended particulates in the beer. Unfiltered.

Aroma is floral NW hops and pale malt. Maybe not as hop-forward as I was hoping for, but there's a nice balance.

Taste is dry, biscuity pale malt along with an equal dose of bitter hops. A nice light citrusy quality holds everything together. Drinkable and refreshing. Balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very approachable.

Overall a good, moderately sessionable APA. It isn't Zombie Dust but I don't think it was trying to be.

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newport Chowder House where they called it a Blonde. Handsome golden amber in the pint shaker. Very decent foam that lasts a long time. A few bubbles but plenty of spritz on the tongue.

Hops are listed as Pacifica and Galaxy, but rated at a mere 18 IBUs. And there is virtually no hop flavor, so how can this be called a Pale Ale? Whatever it is, it does have more body than a lot of Blondes and maybe is more like a Pale Ale in that regard. It's also rather sweet and resiny at the same time. It's not the crisp, refreshing sort of brew, but pleasantly quaffable with a slight bite.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a nonic glass

A- Poured a medium golden color,semi-hazy with lots of visible carbonation, big fluffy white head left glass coating lace

S-Big tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and peach aroma. Cracker malt backbone

T- Big tropical fruit forward flavor profile of mango, peach, and orange creamsicle. Not much bitterness at all and not much of a malt backbone.

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, very dry, refreshing

O- Refreshing to have a pale ale with this nice tropical hop character. This pale ale really showcases the hop flavor with almost no hop bitterness.

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a sizable dose of citrusy, dank and resiny hops. These are the hop characteristics you'd expect in a strong IPA but presented in pale ale quantities. Surprisingly balanced and enticing.

Taste: slightly bitter right up front, along with a lightly caramelly sweetness. Hops are citrusy and floral, and not at all as dank as in the aroma. I like the juxtaposition here. Bitterness toward the end is about the same as the beginning; balance is great.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a perfectly decent creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is a darn good pale ale. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

Photo of Moose90
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

A — Pours a deep yet bright amber hue. There is great clarity, a thin light beige colored head, and great consistent lace left behind.

S — Smells quite sweet and tropical, lots of pineapple and citrus notes, mango, pineapple, bright overall and quite nice.

T — Tastes of rich malts and lightly sweet and bitter hops, not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, this is great overall.

M — Light-Medium bodied, very smooth and refreshing, great for an APA.

O — Totally unexpected and very nicely executed. This is fantastic.

Photo of utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a honey orange gold with sunshine highlights and a fat finger of cream colored foam that dwindles in it's own good time. Smell is subdued and there is no date on this one. Smells like tr0pical lightness, , cracker and some orange. A breath of sweetness from malt and from fruits. So lovely. Taste is more pronounced than the nose. Kiwi and green light sweetness, some berry like fruits and a bit of melon. It's the melon that is so captivating in this. It's chilly, icy and green but sweet. There is a light hop bitter and a touch of sweet grass. This beer finishes a bit muddled. The fruits all seem to lose their definition in the finish and it's a jumbled sweetness but it's good. I wish it had been dry but it finishes sweet and with a lingering aftertaste of kiwi. Light creamy and almost crisp mouthfeel

What's not to like? I had a six pack of this beer and drank it in two days it was that good. I love ti with spicy food. Light , almost crisp and just fantastic flavor!

Photo of SamKetchum
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

This beer is light, tangy, and brilliant. The word that comes to my mind is bright, truly embodying the south pacific sensibilities it pulls forward with its slogan: "Sweet as." Whether you're cooling it in the pacific or sweating the encroaching snow this beer will take your mind away from the worries.

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy blonde with a whitish hue and a thin head into my glass. I believe it needs some time to warm up to room temperature.

Nice balanced aromas of citrus, grass with a little pine to greet the nose. It smells like a winner to my nose.

Crisp and tasty. Works well with my simple lunch. The best part is that it comes in a can.

Finishes sweet with a good citrus and biscuit imprint. By that, I mean that the malt gets a chance to shine through the hops.

Well worth a try. Pick some up.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cracker, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and tropical hop aspects in the taste.

Serving type: can.

Photo of Beerme5
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very different type of beer. Has a very sweet smell, overpowering citrus. Not extremely carbonated, but enough to give it a little extra bite. Left quite a bit of lacing in the glass as I went on this adventure. Flavor is like drinking "beer juice", meaning--if you were going to put orange juice, pineapple, and grapefruit juice mixed with a few hops, this is the beer that would come out. That's not a bad thing necessarily, but not a true APA IMO. It's a fun beer to try, but not sure I'd reach for another. I drank in a frosted glass, but I have a feeling this beer would be even better if it was left in the freezer for a bit to be super cold before serving. I also understand that they just started canning this beer, so might reach for another to see if they tweak the recipe to balance the fruit flavor a little bit more.

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Sweet As! Pacific Ale from GoodLife Brewing Company & Bier Hall
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.