834 Happy As Ale - Blue Blood Brewery
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev +24.6%
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
04-12-2012 00:37:32 | More by dbossman
3.4/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-24-2012 19:04:55 | More by cpolking
3.33/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
02-04-2012 00:09:24 | More by scarfield
3.3/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
06-05-2012 02:25:09 | More by biboergosum
3/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
06-11-2012 23:52:16 | More by lang409
2.8/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-25-2012 15:45:41 | More by TSJ4000
2.5/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
03-07-2012 03:30:53 | More by SterlingRed
2.38/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-24-2014 17:04:30 | More by Russ_Guill
2.05/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
02-07-2013 22:56:05 | More by claspada
834 Happy As Ale from Blue Blood Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.