Anchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale AleAnchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dv8sean on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a brilliant clear bronze with a tightly formed half finger white head that settles pretty quickly,love the rich color.Aromas of drunken overripe citrus and more herbal hops along with a bit of custard,caramel,and lightly toasted grain,alot of subtle nuances going on.Somewhat sweetish on the palate but there is a drying leafiness that keeps it in check just enough,that custard note comes thru again as well the graininess in the finish.I like this beer alot,it's not a big hop bomb but there is a big hop presence,the malt complexity is the star of the show for me.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the small bomber in a snifter, this APA pours a beautiful bronze with a rich fluffy white head and great lacing. Nose of bready malts and yeast, solid grain background, and sumptuous grapefruit. Flavors follow the nose with sweet malts to all sides interplaying with grapefruit and citrus hop notes. A nice grain flavor comes through on the back and blends nicely with a breaded malt characteristic that is not overly cloying. Wet lightly sweet citrus finish makes this one an easy drinker and a great harvest/APA to contend with a light alcohol kick. Nice

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium red-copper amber with a fine two finger head that continued to grow due to active carbonation. Aroma of sweet and bready malt, light fruit, intriguing. Flavor is sweet bready malt and a light fruit that is somewhat neutral in flavor like pear or melon, light caramel. Finish is light, but with a very long, fairly intense hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a pale ale, very fruit forward, but more in character of light fruit than any particular flavor. Pleasant, but the finish bitterness is somewhat out of character with the lighter malt and fruit body. Unusual and worth a try.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of tropical fruits.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of tropical fruits such as mangos and pineapples.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a refreshing and easy to drink pale ale that is filled with pleasant flavors of tropical fruits.

Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into SN hop glass.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a billowing, thick, and dense light tan head that slowly faded into a thick, well-retained, fuzzy film that left patches of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Tropical fruit nose is sweet with notes of mango, papaya, and tangerine. Bready malt, caramel, and a touch of earthy spice poke through as well.
T: Follows the nose but with less of a tropical fruit profile. Hops are spicy with mild notes of citrus and sweet fruit juice, and the malt is toasted, bready and caramelly. The finish is lightly bitter and earthy and the aftertaste has a lingering kiss of sweetness and gentle booze.
M: A fairly full body for the style with a thick mouthfeel with a decent chew to it. Carbonation is smooth, bubbly, and quaffable. Alcohol is faintly noticeable.
O: Fairly balanced throughout with earthy fruity hops melding well with caramel and bready malts. On the heavier side for a pale ale with just a touch of alcohol detected, but overall this drinks well and I wouldn’t mind having it again.

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Long lasting foam and plenty of sparkly in the mouth. Peculiar medical, band-aid aroma. Attractive clear red-amber color in the New Belgium snifter. It looks what a lot of breweries like to call a "Copper Ale." I'm not sure why they picked "Pale Ale" instead of Amber for this one, not that either style means much. It's dark amber if anything, intensively hopped, and quite malty tasting.

The hops come out of nowhere like a moray eel, and bite. This would be interesting and drinkable if it wasn't so stupifyingly bitter. Quite a warm and sweet malty character that begs for gentler handling. I look with dismay at how much is left in the bottle. That initial roasted grain and persimmon taste is nice, but what can I mix it with to make it drinkable? Note to self: pick up sixer of Trader Joe's Name Tag Lager. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/27/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight lime juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the malt and hop aspects.

Photo of JGam115
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber, fluffy off white foam. Candy like front, ripe star fruit. Same sweetness with a mild malt finish.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into half size ale glass. Clear copper color with off-white head that leaves lacing all the way down. I was informed this brew uses an experimental hop that imparts a strawberry aroma/flavor. I put the hop aroma closer to melon. There is also some biscuit malt. Flavors include melon, red berry, caramel sweetness, light hop bitterness. Light bodied with thin texture, average carbonation, and an abrupt finish.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very dynamic pale ale, this has beer a great series so far, and its always nice to see anchor making new beer. i know they get credit for being one of the original craft brewers, but they also deserve credit for being one of the continuing best. they have defined styles for decades, and this new pale is a really awesome brew. its called an american style, and i get that with all the hops, but its also a little english in the sense than its got all this grain balance to it, and the almost cask like feel to it. beautiful crimson color on it, clear and shiny, with a big frothy white head thats rich and lasting at about an inch. it smells a little subdued, more malt than hops in the nose, and an unexplained berry or dried fruit essence right in the middle. the flavor really unfolds a pretty layered and complex brew for a pale ale. the grains a sweet but clean in the beginning, lots of weight to it, and different, not sure what they used in this. there is still a little bit of a fruity middle, more of a red apple thing this time, with the hops being mostly in the finish, a little grassy, and quite bitter. the feel is awesome, foamy and thick, but still finishing really clean. its familair to other anchor beers, in line with their quality standards and the yeast seems like some of their other beers too, distinct but not invasive. i love anchor, and even though they dont get much hype anymore, its beers like this that prove they are still near the top of the heap.

Photo of hayesjw
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in an air-dried pint glass. Keg well chilled and the ale kept it's lacing to the bottom of the glass. Paid $4.5 for an enjoyable malty ale at it's early SF debut.

A - clear and copper. minimal ephorvesence (sic.) until swirlled.

S - malt on amber sweetness.

T - first expression.. explosion of dry hopped craft. Sugars melow the finishing hops but some mouthfuls end malty and others are bitter. I am hesitant to say this ale is balanced but every sip makes me relive its best. yes a 'pale ale' exceeding seven is okay with me.

M - a well chilled pint of this brew warms one's outer cheeks flush.

S - Anchor's fifth expression on Zymaster gives a full mouth sensorary experience to be enjoyed by another pint of the same. The APV is subdued by the malt rich and hop forward presentation. Cheers SF!

Photo of dv8sean
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz traditional Anchor bomber bottle poured into a 0.47l New Belgium tulip glass. Fifth in what I hope to be a long run of one-off "Zymaster" beers from the "new" Anchor. As of this review, no official description from brewer.

Appearance reveals a deep copper color with a perfect dense eggshell white head that leaves loads of lace inside the glass. Color is much darker than expected for what's billed as an "American Pale Ale". I'd say it looks much more like an British Pale, or even an E.S.B.

Smell is truly outstanding. Fresh hops backed by biscuit malt fragrance. Complex layers...I'll wax poetic and go with guava and sea spray.

Like the appearance, I'd put the taste much closer to the beers on the "other side of the pond". Ample bittering hops, but no so much as to tread into IPA territory. The malt body and flavors, however, and spectacular. Which leads me to mouthfeel...

Between the fantastic malt backbone, perfect levels of carbonation, and--I swear--the legendary water source, the mouthfeel of this beer is off the charts. You'd think it was brewed in Samuel Smith's stone vats, but with better water.

Overall, not at all what I expected. But, I'm learning from the Zymaster series that one should suspend his/her expectations. Forget what you read on the label or from others. Rather, just focus on enjoying a unique, quite possibly once-in-a-lifetime beer.

If you're looking for a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale killer, this ain't it. However, if you like the idea of a Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale but with a fresher hop aroma and more bold flavors all-around, drink this.

Anchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.