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834 Happy As Ale - Blue Blood Brewery

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 25.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Blood Brewery visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A refreshing American Pale Ale with 4.6% Alcohol by Volume and 35 IBUs which has a great citrus flavored finish from the late hop additions. This beer is brewed using hops grown in the United States and right here in Nebraska by Rhynalds Hop Growers in Prague. The name for the beer, Happy As Ale, is because we at Blue Blood Brewing feel everyone needs a bit of happiness in their lives and our beer is an extension of our smiles which we share with anyone who needs one.

(Beer added by: scarfield on 02-04-2012)
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Reviews by scarfield:
Photo of scarfield
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App- Pours a dark amber into a pint glass with a 1/2 inch head. Lacing is very spotty.

Smell- Subtle hop aroma, with a very slight bit of breadiness present as well.

Taste- Sweet, and overwhelmingly malty. Not much hop flavor presense, but that which is there is of a grassy variety. Has a bitterness to it that I'm not sure if it is added by hops or not. Also seems to have a bit of a bready/rubbery taste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, sweet, carbonation is moderate.

Overall- At 4.6 percent the beer is session-able and there is not much in the beer which leaves your palate unable to sense other flavors. Would have wanted the beer to assert itself more in some way, it seems too restrained.

scarfield, Feb 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

acurtis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can. My first (reviewed) Nebraska-brewed beer, after having (up until recently) worked for an Omaha-based company for over a decade. Huh.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden apple juice colour, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a single splotch of island relief lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of faint grainy malt, a mild drupe fruitiness, and mildly bitter leafy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, some lesser astringent wheat grain essence, an emboldened sugary fruit melange, and consistent, but still underwhelming, floral, perfumed hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy, but settle readily enough to a dull edge, the body a restrained medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with the flinty malt and floral hops squaring off in their featherweight bout.

I was a bit distracted by the decidedly poor grammar of the label - Happy As Ale? Not really a name, and too cutesy and generic for an unconventional descriptor, where one might be expecting a name. That aside, this is fairly plain, weakly-hopped pale ale - sorry, Nebraska growers.

biboergosum, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

beerbrains, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright brass with a one inch but steady head; bubbly with good lacing

S: Bready and grainy; I was expecting more citrus and floral hop aromas and I"m getting more herbal, earthy, and grassy ones and still lots of toasty, biscuity malts; smells good but just a bit off from what I was expecting

T: More citrus hop bittterness comes forward in the flavors; interesting--though they do make way for a more grassy presence; also lots of toasty bready malts here; nicely balanced finish between the malts and bitterness

F: Medium body with decent carbonation

O: A decent little, balance, canned pale ale; nothing crazy here but tasty, drinkable, refreshing, good

dbossman, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of TSJ4000
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A new brewery just popped up and I thought I'd give it a try. I dig cans. The first thing I noticed about the beer is that it seems watery. I'm all about good beers at whatever ABV but if the taste is watery then that's a different story. Look of the beer is fine. It's more ambery than pale but most pale ales are anymore. It had a little head, not much and the smell had some malt and hops in it but it wasnt' pronounced.

TSJ4000, May 25, 2012
Photo of Jayschool
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Jayschool, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

OregonGrown7, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of claspada
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pour pretty much straight white head of foam with some light pale yellow liquid at the bottom. Overcarbonated or infected, not sure which...

Aromas begin with slightly citrusy seltzer water with emerging grainy maltiness.

Tastes begin with some light lemon and grapefruit with the same accompanying grainy maltiness. The flat seltzer water flavors emerge more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with way too much carbonation.

Overall this may be old, a bad can or infected. I don't know, either way it's probably the worst pale ale I have ever had.

claspada, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

MinorThreat, May 22, 2013
Photo of BrettHead
1/5  rDev -64.5%

BrettHead, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of BigRedN
2/5  rDev -29.1%

BigRedN, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of TomClem
3/5  rDev +6.4%

TomClem, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev +6.4%

JMBSH, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Miami66
1/5  rDev -64.5%

Miami66, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Russ_Guill
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a glass from a 12 oz can.

Lightly but sufficiently carbonated. Medium golden color; pretty good clarity. Okay lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Aroma is sweet and flowery, maybe a bit grassy. No detectable malt.

Very little body, bitter, with a sour astringent bite in the end. The sourness almost reminds me a bit of brettanomyces. Mouthfeel is harsh and not very pleasing.

I celebrate and support all of our local breweries, but I can’t get behind this beer.

Russ_Guill, May 24, 2014
Photo of lang409
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well all I can really say is...well its average. Pale Ale session beer in a can...I'd actually rather have New Belgium's Shift rather than this. That said if the only choices were AB, Miller or Coors....I'd take this. Its not terrible especially from a brand spanking new brewey. Its not memorable either. What would you expect from a brewery owner by cops tho.

lang409, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Bear1964, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev +6.4%

beernads, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.75/5  rDev +33%

PeterOrlando92, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of cpolking
3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a somewhat hazy dark orange-golden in color with a thin white head.

The aroma is spicy and herbal/floral, just a touch of fruit.

The taste is malty, lightly toasted and caramel, with a very bitter and dry finish. As the bitterness wanes, there is a pleasing lightly fruity aftertaste. It seems much more bitter than its listed 35 IBU's. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it won't blow you away.

cpolking, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev +6.4%

sneezye, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +6.4%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of thufflife
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

thufflife, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of SterlingRed
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very little head and low retention. Color was golden with a bit of orange tint. Cloudy.

Light fruit, but yeasty nose.

Light bitterness upfront and a harshness follow I wasn't expecting. A little flat.

One dimensional, lacking complexity.

Overall, not a bad beer for a brand new (and very small) brewery, but it was not the beer drinking experience I was hoping to enjoy.

SterlingRed, Mar 07, 2012
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834 Happy As Ale from Blue Blood Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.