Anchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by mactrail:
3.14/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 04:50:54 | More by mactrail
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 15:36:37 | More by StonedTrippin
3.99/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 01:36:27 | More by metter98
Anchor Zymaster Series No. 5: Harvest One American Pale Ale from Anchor Brewing Company
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