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Jackman's American Pale Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Jackman's American Pale AleJackman's American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-10-2001)
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Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange gold. A hearty off-white head takes falls after a few minutes, but leaves enough to require the upper-lip-wipe after a good pull. Nice spots of sticky lace.

Aroma is toasted biscuit, caramel with a light citrus note.

Flavor is a bit more caramel than biscuit. Sweeter than I like. The citrus hop character isn't as apparent. A very light bitter finish. No flaws to speak of, but not very engaging or refreshing.

Smooth, medium feel with good carbonation.

One of the most promising appearances, but without the flavor to back it up.

goatgoat, Apr 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a little orange tint with a thin wispy head that didnt leave any lacing,a big hit of grapefruit and pine hits the nose right away but buttery and nuttiness comes thru as the beer settles.I really liked the differnet flavors and balance of this brew starts out zesty from a big dose of hops but rounds out nicely with a buttery taste with that lingering nuttiness as well in the finish also did I detect some earthiness late?A great American ale very impressed with all the different flavors.

oberon, May 13, 2004
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pale is a very cloudy dull orange with no real head. Aromas are grape juice and tangerine. This one's really malty with a caramel and nut character that is slightly enhanced by weak mandarin orange and tangerine hops flavors, but seems out of place none the less. Mouthfeel is midbodied and fuzzy. I may have gotten an old one here.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Clear & bright orangy-amber in colour. Head is thin foamy white lace.

Smell: Bready, biscuity malt and citrus/grapefruit, spicy hop aromas. Floral, and very aromatic.

Taste: Very smooth, creamy, rich and near full-bodied. Malt flavour level is high and sweet. Biscuit, toasted and light caramel flavours followed by a very assertive hop character. It's spicy, with a citrus rind, slightly grapefruit-like, bite that quickly takes over the palate. After the attack settles you are left with a rather dry mouth with grain flavours and tannins. Some hops oils coat the palate too.

Notes: Bam! When I think of American Pale Ale, I'll be thinking of Jackman's for quite sometime. A spot on pale ale from the US.

Todd, Oct 10, 2001
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear apricot gold body with small offwhite head consisting mostly of large sized bubbles. Head quickly drops, with minimal lace. Carbonation is noticeable with numerous, minute bubbles swirling around.
Aroma is Cascades hops with a grapefruit aroma, and mild caramel malt background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.
Taste is primarily citrusy hops, with grapefruit up front and some fresh orange right behind. Nice caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a flourish of dry and bitter citrusrind.
A solid American pale ale with a west coast character.

merlin48, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, a bit hazy--but not cloudy--orange/gold

Smell: malts/hops/ and a touch of honey

Taste: light sweet fruit, hops, malt, and some caramel

Mouthfeel: sweet beginning, smooth, slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: I could have several of these and am not disappointed I got a sixer--as opposed to a single. A bit sweet for the style, but very good. Not my favorite from the brewery, but a solid offering.

tigg924, May 09, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice orange-golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and apricots, with a little bit of grass mixed in. The flavor has a light amount of bitterness along with some grassy hops and a little bit of orange citrus. Easy to drink, but maybe a little bit past its prime. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of mattster
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass. Bottling date rubbed off of bottle, but it was sometime in 2008.

Pours a frothy head of 3/4" atop a gold colored clear brew.

Smell is faint floral. Taste is of nice citrus and herbaceous notes on palate. Not overly hoppy, but balanced.

Finish is good, although a little hot. Mouth feel is nice otherwise. Not a bad brew and would be content with another.

mattster, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 3/14/07. Pours a slightly cloudy light brown color flared wtih gold. White head is creamy and robust, slowly receding into pockets of foam.

Smell is nicley spiced and malty, along with citrus and herby notes. Taste is at first malty, slightly creamy, then the hops really burst onto the scene, slightly piney, then drying a bit on the finish, that grows a tad grain-sweet.

Medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation, and very drinkable. Pretty complex and well balanced. Solid

Osiris9588, May 20, 2007
Photo of niknar
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deeply golden color with some copper highlights. A moderately small (though foamy and quite inviting) off-white head appeared then settled to a thin collar. Some decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell reminded me of homemade bread - noticably yeasty but with a nice sweet tone to it. The flavor is absolutely wonderful. A smooth malty character with an immediate hop bitterness to balance it. Finishes ever so slightly dry, but not too dry. The hops also seem to add a citrus undertone to the flavor. The mouthfeel is quite good... slightly more substantial feeling than a typical beer in the pale ale category. I could easily drink this beer as a daily staple if it were readily available locally...an absolute must try to anyone who enjoys a great pale ale!

niknar, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper-amber with a nice frothy head of 1/2 an inch and also one that lasts...laces in a somewhat spidery fashion. Some tangerine-like hoppy aromas. Light bodied and pleasant, a nice mix of honey malts and a good balance of American-style hops that aren't as overbearing as some. Finishes slightly fruity. While I like a bigger, hoppier American Pale Ale in general, this is slighly soft and drinkable and might help some ease into the American micro scene.

ADR, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit out of date from 09/08/09 but it's holding up great kept in the fridge the whole time, still has a hop nose. Appears a semi clouded exuberent orange golden bodied with a nice bright white foamy head leaves behind thin but even lacing with each sip. Aroma has mild pine citrus with floral accents a nice biscuit malt profile with a touch of edgey yeast, the flavor works in addition to the aromatics. An enjoyable APA from CO for sure. Will try again at it's peaked freshest moments but this one isn't lacking in hop flavor. I'm usually sensitive to stale hops which tells me these ones are still bright enough to trick my palate. Lively bitterness of citrus and piney hops with a biscuit tinged malt presence to balance itself out, why is it so hard to get a fresh mixed variety pack of their standard beers. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with ample carbonation carries it self well with slick hop oils lubricating the palate. Drinkability overall is solid a beer I will roll with just as easy riding as Jackman appears on the label, solid APA will revisit soon.

WVbeergeek, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of ByTor2112
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark yellow color, off white head. Hop aroma with pungency=grapefruit and a touch of pine? Immediate hop bitterness hits the palate then gives way to an odd tartness. Not sure if it is an off-flavor of the malt or hops. Unique flavor with a hint of Colorado Spruce in there maybe? A vigorous froth releases great citus flavors of tangerine and lemon. Unique and different, not really quaffable. I like of Lefthand's brews, the tartness threw me but it was not " bad ". Cheers

ByTor2112, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with a good amount of bready aromas. Also present are floral and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus and leafy hops. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of breadiness work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was an easy-drinking beer that shone more with the cask conditioning. Worth a shot in any form but more so if it's a cask.

glid02, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again Tayner for this trade.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a bright, slightly hazy orange(reminds me of burning river). An aggressive pour gives me 2+ fingers of almost pure white head. Lots of tiny bubbles keep it there for a bit before dieing to a skim. Little bits of patchy lacing.

S: Mostly citrus hops with a little bits of sweet malt background. Very subtle.

T/M: Taste is a nice balance between fresh hops and sweet malts. Hops have a nice oily orange peel taste. Body is just a little too light I think.. probably the higher carbonation thinning it out a bit. Bitterness is controlled but hangs out just a little bit at the end.

D: Light body makes is great with food(went nice with my antipasta) and good for sessions. Decent enough APA but with burning river readily available, I'll probably stick with that.

pwoods, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

LXIXME, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright, clear coppery amber. A white head forms at about one finger, is retained for a short time, a fades to a dense foam which eventually fades away as well, leaving very little lacing behind.
The aroma is quite potent, extremely floral (as the dominant hops note), with an evident balance between dry, toasty/biscuit malts and raw citrus-like hops.
The caramel malts are evident in the first sip and gracefully give way to a strong, fresh hops flavor. First off are floral notes with the overlying flavor becoming pure grapefruit and a with a rind-like note and a touch of light, peppery spice. The finish lingers nicely and the hops stick around. A distinctive grains presence remains underneath all the way.
The body's moderate with a light carbonation but lots of activity. The smoothness makes for a bit more filling sip. Overall pretty dry.

Brenden, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Jackman's American Pale Ale

Appearance- light caramel brown with a bubbly head.
Smell- heavy on the hops.
Taste- malt at first but then a nice lightly roasted hop flavor kicks in, very nice.
mouthfeel- light, smooth, and easy to drink.

Overall- a quite delicious ale and a beer I'll definitely purchase again.

NJpadreFan, May 31, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date clearly and nicely stamped on the front right of the bottle: bottled on 02.08.06.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow body with not a lot of bubbles floating to the top. Head dissipates quickly and there's a very slight amount of wet lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice balance between fruity malt, slight toasted aromas, and a sweeter citrus hop bite. Very balanced in the nose.

Taste: Also extremely balanced here, with a ripe and fruity malt presence backed by the slightest amount of roasted malt. A citrus hop backbone starts coming through as it warms, with orange dominating for a smoother and less bitter. I love how the hops are enough to balance harmoniously with the malt, but they don't take it over. Perhaps the bottle being 6 months old has helped this? Either way, the finish is also very long, and finishes sweet initially, then dry, then long, with a nice fruity balance (I've said it too much) between the malt and hops lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A nice creaminess for a more medium-bodied beer, and it remains fairly creamy and very smooth by the finish.

Drinkability: A fine APA that takes pride in balance rather than riskiness, which here I applaud because it's so well put together. Also one of the best, if not the best so far, brews that I've had from Left Hand. Definitely try this I would say.

asabreed, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Bcant
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow/red, actually closer in color to amber than a pale. Decent white head that lingers, leaving some lacing on the side of my pint glass.

Lots of grainy malts in the bouquet (dough/bread smells) with some light citrus notes as well.

The taste starts like the bouquet, dominated by bread. But the dough quickly submits to a strong hop profile that begins raw and fades into a nice dry balance with the grainy malt flavors.

Nice coating feel in the mouth and very refreshing.

More interesting than most APAs.

Bcant, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A nice cascading effect builds up a 1 finger bubbly head over a cloudy marigold brew.

Smells grapefruity and well hopped and some pleasant biscuity malts underly the more predominant hop-oil scent.

Hoppy on the tongue with a firm and solid sweet malt backbone. Nicely balance and very pleasant, refreshing, and simple. A nice pale ale for pairing with food or relaxing on a warm day. The only off putting qualtiy is a metallic or hard-water taste, but it's not very noticable, and I'm just nit-picking.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite carbonated. Drinkablilty is superb! I could drink these all night even though it's rather unmemorable. An excellent session candidate.

pmcadamis, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of jlmjl
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont love the label.. whatever

A - Good , bronze in color, pretty good head that settled down after a little while

S - It smells more malty to me than anything, slight citrus

T - Again more malty than I would expect, hops does come on, finishes a little light, however a slight malty taste lingers. For a pale ale, I would look for more of a hop bite ... Good beer though

M - Medium body, a little creamy, nice body real nice

D - I could drink these all night, not one drawback at all. Now to get picky which is not fair, understanding how expensive this beer is compared to my other favorite, Im not reaching for this on the next purchase . To sum this up - A damn good quality beer.

Good selection -

jlmjl, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a shiny golden copper into a Sweetwater pint glass, small white foam head with very little lacing

aroma: nose is just ok...malt driven, peppery spice, toasted grain, mild citrus hops. nothing much to write home about here

taste: this one is just ok, nowhere near my favourite apa....too malt driven, hops are citric but well faded...peppery and other spice, toasted dry grain, some light apple sweetness, very little bitterness

mouthfeel: medium body, crisp and fresh

drinkability: easy drinking but not very exciting

dirtylou, Mar 31, 2006
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Jackman's American Pale Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.