Klickitat Pale Ale - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
22oz bottle. Very native American themed imagery on this label, appropriate for the name, I suppose.
This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly frothy, and mostly just soap bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random splattered lace around the glass as things seep away.
It smells of bready, kind of crackery pale malt, a hint of caramel cream, a weird indistinct sweet spiciness, pine needles, and a faint whiff of generic citrus rind. The taste is bready, doughy, and slightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, a touch of dry cocoa powder, soft drupe fruit flesh, an ethereal oily nuttiness, and middling earthy, leafy, and piney hops.
The carbonation is quite low and quiet in its support role, the body medium-light in weight, a tad thin, but mostly smooth, as the hops don't really infringe here. It finishes generally dry, the malt skidding in that direction, while the hops and other fading esters hold tight.
A decent enough APA, nice flavours, it's just that, while I can't exactly call it watery, I just get a certain incomplete sense in separate, distinct metrics here that lead me in that direction when considering this beer. Perhaps 'inconsistent' would be a better descriptor, but again, not overly so. Sheesh - maybe this is just one of those offerings where it's better to shut up and drink it - so be it.
01-21-2014 01:16:51 | More by biboergosum
3.71/5 rDev +7.2%
I bought a bottle of Klickitat Pale Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass
Pours an amber/gold color, cloudy, with a modest bubbly white head..
Smell is a sweet bread aroma, with some sweet spice and candy scents
Taste is dominated by a caramel malt flavor, a bit of citrus pink grapefruit flavor, and then a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slight cloying character from the unfiltered nature of the beer..
Overall a decent pale ale, if not just a bit thick for the style.
11-04-2013 00:34:00 | More by RJLarse
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass
A - very dark golden in color, almost red. Little to no head.
S - Pine hops up front backed by grainy/grassy malts. Perhaps a hint of spice.
T - Slight piney taste with the same maltyness in the background. A little watery and boozy
M - Watery, under carbed. These aspects really hold the beer back.
Overall - Decent flavors but lacks drinkability. Kinda of brutal in 22 ounces at a time.
07-03-2013 03:14:17 | More by kshizzle101
3.15/5 rDev -9%
Bottle says 5%. 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a dinky looking half finger white shade. It doesn't fade away to nothing in record time, but it certainly doesn't look impressive. A minor amount of lacing is left on the glass. One really has to pour aggressively to give any sort of decent head.
S: Hm. This really smells like a English-style pale ale. It's heavy on caramel, toffee, brown sugar, marzipan, and a touch of earthy hops. A combination of nuttiness and even chocolate appears after it warms up sufficiently. This is definitely miscategorized - but as a bitter, it works well.
T: By gawd, smakawhat wasn't kidding when he said this was a bit chocolaty. Earthy, piny hops are the first flavors I note; after that, the malts take over. They have a very caramel-esque, vaguely sweet tone to them - and yes, there's even some notes of chocolate, nuts, apples, and vanilla. What the hell is this? An ESB? Maybe a hoppy brown ale? Or a defanged Arrogant Bastard clone? I don't know at all. I'll give it some credit - it drinks like it's bigger than 5%. But at the same token...it drinks like it's bigger than 5%.
M: Both the nutty, chocolaty, and hoppy characteristics all conspire to give this a dry finish. It's a rough kind of dry, though. It suffers from the typical pratfall of many beers with a prevalent crystal malt backbone - it's too coarse near the finish. The aforementioned coarseness doesn't fit the lingering syrupy buildup on the palate, either. I probably would have enjoyed this more if the mouthfeel didn't get in the way of the flavor profile.
O: Not sure how it's called an APA here, this is very much English-style. Decent, just don't expect anything close to SNPA. Do expect to find it wearing Union Jack knickers should you ever decide to pull its pants down, though.
03-07-2013 22:15:50 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Dataed 04/20/12, hmmm lets see how this does...
A faint brown and reddish amber body, with a creamy head that makes only about one finger but manages to leave a good pucj. Head has a good amount of lacing with off white and light tan color.
Soft malts on the nose, with a small dense doughy biscuit quality and sweetness. Mild herbal like hops. Not bad actually, rather enjoying this subtlety.
Lots of chocolate toasty and sweet bread action with a classic light pale ale body. Dense malts in the mid palate with a bid dough sweet bread flavor. Light almost wet body still manages to carry a good density. Backbone of malt is very solid on this, with lots of chew.
Overall rather enjoying this one, wish I could have a fresher one though perhaps. Reminds me of an almost good English bitter (but with a chocolate sense).
10-11-2012 00:22:36 | More by smakawhat
2.9/5 rDev -16.2%
[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]
The pour was a foggy golden copper with a small (1 finger or less) off white creamy head that receded down to a thin film with a small collar and had good streaky lacing.
The aroma was somewhat mild with a light grain malt, floral hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).
The taste was also mild with a lightly sweet malty taste and a hint of caramel at first, and then became lightly hoppy with a touch of citrus at the end. The flavor hung on for a good long while, with a slight increase in bitterness and a more pronounced citrus peel presence as time went on.
Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry, watery texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a light and decent tasting Pale Ale, although the increase in the citrus peel bitterness sort of changed the overall flavor of this brew...
10-03-2012 14:43:29 | More by KajII
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
A: a dark muddy brown with no head leaving an almost barley wine style appearance. Little to no carbonation and a clear finish.
S: next to no scent beside the slightest twinge of pine and citrus.
T: American style pale ale? Huh!? This taste like a watery brown liquid extracted before any hop addition had been made.. Ill be somewhat nice and say that the malt profile delivers a smooth nutty chocolate addition..
M: light to medium bodied.. A taste that dies out within seconds
O: generally I can pull out decent qualities in most beers but this one? Well im struggling. Wouldn't recommend nor drink again.
09-03-2012 00:06:44 | More by goodbeerallday
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Libby, Mont.
A- One finger width cream head, sparsely carbonated head, mediocre retention. Rich, dark orange color with middling clarity. Unimpressive on the whole.
S- Medium and warm malts with some floral hops. Gentle citrusy hops but a generally subtle aroma.
T- Well built malt body, finishes with some dank hops. Well balanced with a bitter finish.
M- Smooth marshmallowy sort of feel. Some nice carbonation.
O- Better than the sum of its parts. Tastes fine, smells very nice and feels pretty good too.
08-20-2012 03:49:43 | More by Murrhey
Klickitat Pale Ale from Alameda Brewhouse
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