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American Pale Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jwc215 on 03-28-2007)
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Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-orange with a large, long-lived head.

Smell somewhat weak, but of floral hops.

Taste is well-balanced, with sweet malts and hops. I'd actually prefer a little more hop kick on the back end of this one, as the bitterness fades out pretty quick. Also evokes some other sorts of flavors..orange, even a little pumpkin?

Mouthfeel good, doesn't stand out as particularly amazing or deficient.

Overall drinkability on this is good. Not a hop bomb, but enough to keep it interesting. I won't crave it, but will gladly finish the other 5.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MOShepp
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head with some lacing. Deep golden hazy color.

Aromas of pineapple and floral hops.

Some caramalized bready malt, but the hops overpower the slight sweetness. Slight hint of black pepper, maybe some citrus.

Even throughout, but not that smooth, mostly bitter with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, but there are other APA's I'd rather drink.

Photo of racer2k
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored with decent head and lacing on the glass.

S- A balance of floral hops and malt aroma

T- A basic pale ale session beer with a good hop front and malt finish.

M- Moderate carbonation with decent mouth feel.

D- Good session beer. Enjoyable with some nice spicy BBQ.

Overall this is a good interpretation of the Pale Ale style and a session beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Spanish Peaks- American Pale Ale

Appearance- Light golden copper. Frothy head after the pour but quickly subsiding with minimal lacing.
Smell- Strong wort smell. Cascade hop pellets.
Taste- Exactly like fresh brewed wort with chunks of hop pellets floating around in it! Slight malt backbone. Weak pine flavor with a metallic finish.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and lemony/malty up front but becoming slighty metallic and bland in the end.

Overall- just a messy tasting beer. Brewed on 2-27-07.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Spanish Peaks- decided to go with the American Pale Ale as I had heard some decent things about this brew.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Poured a dark golden color-amber tints- carbonated some- minimal head- no lacing.- smelled of hops and floral effervesence

Taste was surprisingly good as I wasn't expecting greatness from this beer. Nice amount of hops- some bitterness- as a reviewer said previously very similar to an english ipa.

lacks complexity but scores points for simple tastiness. not sure about the ABV but this seems sessionable to me.

Probably won't be looking for this one in the future but it aint that bad either.

Photo of jcm845
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer because it was on sale at local midway mart.
I was really enjoyed this beer. It is really well balanced and very drinkable. I found the characteristics of this beer are similar to other reviewers and was really impressed by the flavor and balance. Very good

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slighty cloudy pale yellow with a small rocky white head that was fairly lasting.

S: On the nose was a smooth citrus aroma, with some grapefruit and floral hopping.

T: The initial flavor was light fresh grains with a slight pine hopping and lemon hints. The hopping was moderate and noticeable leaving a nice citrusy hop lacing on the tongue after the swallow.

M: light-medium, crisp and dry.

D: Not bad, could put down a couple of these, moderately good and respectable pale ale.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Unknown date code on label.

Clear golden with a creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention lots of sticky lace.

Aroma is mildly bready and lightly piney.

Light piney hop flavor backed by a mild lemony sweetness.

Finish is refreshingly bitter.

Not very complex, but decent. I wouldn’t search for it but I wouldn’t refuse one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a Nonic. No date on the bottle.

A - Cloudy light amber color with a two finger, loose egg-shell white head with decent retention and a thick, sticky lacing.

S - Incredibly citrusy hop aroma bursting out. Smells a lot like powdered Crystal Light mix. Earthiness and dry straw notes too.

T - Great balance of flavors. A strong malt backbone that doesn't mind taking a back seat to the flourishing hop flavors. Pine, citrus, and light fruits.

M - Medium bodied and crisp with a light carbonation bite to the finish. Just a touch of dry bitterness.

D - I'm only half way through the bottle, if that, and the flavor is becoming overwhelming. I could sip it on a summer day as a refresher, but not an overly drinkable brew.

Photo of Cujo65
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of a city sunset: hazy yellow/orange, with an active white head that quickly dissipates leaving behind some beautiful lacing.

Smells fruity, yet dirty--as in earthy.

A little light in the malt/body department. Has some spices in hops in the back end. Pretty good. Not overwhelming though.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time i've ever heard of this brewery. A 6pack was actually 4.00 (1/2 price sale at the store), and for that price it's certainly the best damn beer i've had. For an $8 beer, it's fine, but not stellar.

Pours a dark golden amber with a decent head and nice lacing. Trailers of lace hang to the sides of the glass nicely.

Balanced and enjoyable aroma. bready malt and a small hop presence.

A nice body here, without leaving any holes or anything missing from the beginning to the finish. A rather creamy texture, which adds to the drinkability.

Full hearty malt and a hoppy citrus flavor. Nothing special or out of the ordianry, jsut a really solid drink. A fine example of an APA.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a one-finger head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is fruity/citrusy.

The taste is of citrus balanced by sweet malt. The citrusy hops remain ahead until the caramel sweetness in the finish that rounds it out.

Nice texture, smooth, firm meduim body.

I like how the caramelish sweetness rounds out the citrusy hop character. Very appropriate and well-done, making this a good example of the style. A smooth, tasty "sessionable" brew.

Photo of hippityhop86
4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very impressed with Spanish Peaks latest offereing. An improvemement upon the Monterey Pale Ale they had traditionally made. Certainly the hops are predominant and as a previous reviewer mentioned, as hoppy as some of the American India Pale Ales. I would reccomend this for the "tweener" someone who likes the hoppinesss of a good beer but that doesnt want to be overwhelmed as they might be with an IPA.

Photo of maddogruss
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a light amber body with a small, white head with no retention and minimal lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with slightly floral undertones. Hops are somewhat evident.

T: Slightly bitter, hoppy taste with a slight malts meant to balance I am assuming, but the hop presence overwhelms them a little bit. Malts and hops did not seem to flow well together.

M: An ok mouthfeel overall, but a little bit on the thin side. Slightly watery, but not too bad.

D: Not too drinkable. The taste was not too enjoyable as the balancing hops just did not flow well with the hops to balance it; kind of an awkward pairing. This taste combined with the watery mouthfeel did not make this beer enjoyable overall.

Photo of kels
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright coppery apricot, very hazy, with a 2 finger topping of soft, foamy white head. The head fades pretty quickly to a watery skim and leaves behind huge, thick rings of white lace.

Not a whole lot of aroma to speak of from this beer. A little bit of honey toasted grains come through.

Taste is light, sweet and refreshing. The malts are slightly caramelly, providing a slight syrupy sweet foundation for the lightest hint of lemony and grassy hops. Grains also have a toasty dimension that adds a heartiness to the beer. Feel is moderate to light, with decently bright carbonation.

Pretty highly drinkable and straightforward. Decent, solid pale ale.

Photo of acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems some of these reviews are quite different from one another, and I get something different than those others.

Pours out a very nice clear orange amber with a foamy white head that drops to a thick layer with nice lacing. The color looks a touch darker than others like it and richer, that seems to be quite appetizing to me.

Smell. Very much on the hoppy side- citrusy with lots of grapefruit. There is a small bit of caramel and slightly fruity (and tart) like strawberries.

Taste. Hops are again quite dominant. It is hoppier than some ipa's ive had. Lot more grapefruit than i would expect. But there is some malts that balance it out...but it is mostly the bittering hops that i taste. Behind the grapefruit there are more hops that comes out (as it warms) that is a bit more lemony and pine flavors. The aftertaste gets malty with a grainy flavor and some caramel taste.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/slightly full with a small bit of chewiness to it. Balance is ok, but the hops are very dominant...giving it a bit one-dimension, but i fine that just fine for this beer.

Overall, a very nice apa that is a bit more like an ipa (on the level of redhook's), imo. I have not had an apa like this, which makes it nice to have. It is a very nice, but heavier apa that i would love to have more of. I would also really like to know how much alcohol is in this one as it hides the content well, but seems to sneak up on me very quickly whenever i have it.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up for 5 bucks at Marty's on Harvard Ave with their ongoing "stimulus package."

I'll start off with the appearance it has a very nice amber color, however it has a strange hanging sediment that is just unappealing, but otherwise looks delicious
Has a very piny, hoppy smell, like an IPA, not much else to say
This is really hoppy for a pale ale, the piny, citrusy qualities really come through, however the malt comes in to stop the hops from overpowering, delicious, nothing like it at this price
The body is medium which is appropriate for the style, definitely fuller than I expected, this is not APA flavored lager, this is the real thing
This beer is light enough that I could drink it all night, I am very happy with this choice, definitely a flavorful session beer

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden/amber color with an off-white, two-finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of hops, lots of hops.

T - It had a very nice bitter hop bite. It was also very malty.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A surprisingly hoppy APA. I've had one other offering from Spanish Peaks and was not overly impressed but this was pretty good.

Photo of tgbljb
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy light amber color with massive white chunky head. great retention, Perfect lacing.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy.
Taste is also very hoppy. A profound dry bitterness is extremely enjoyable. Enough malt is present to present the perfect balance.
Very dry at the end. Begs for another taste.
Excellent beer.

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse PA

A-Pretty dark brown for an APA w/burgundy highlights. Okay retneion and decent lace.

S-Clean scent with a lttle biscuit malt and mild green hops

T-Decent green hops and carmal and bicuit ,malts. Not complex but well balanced.

M-Light to medium body with nice carbonation.

D-I am fairly immpressed with this one, hopper than average APA

Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange, not a lot of head or very good retention.

Smell is light and fruity, not a ton going on. Some citric hop nudges in as well.

Flavor is a little on the light side, not very hoppy or with a distinctly strong malt profile. Citric hop is offset by sweetness in the malt, a slightly piney pepper hop and alcohol flavor in the finish. Smooth, a little on the light side for body style.

Sessionable, if a bit lacking in hops and overall flavor.

Photo of BigRedN
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle with some type of freshness dating on the label into a pint glass. The beer is clear, golden in color, a little darker gold than a macro lager. My pour produces a white head, about 1/2 inch which slowly fades to a solid cover leaving some good lacing.

Smell: Minimal malt associated aromas. This has some hop related scents. Aromas are floral and citrousy (as I drink the beer the scent becomes more floral than citrous). Not overpowering my nose.

Taste: For me this is a touch one dimensional, leaning towards hops. Not much malt balance here, but this does have a good bitter hoppy finish. Taste lingers on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable APA, just not overly memorable. I purchased a single bottle to try as part of a mixed six pack. Bottle states it is brewed by Spanish Peaks in Denver, CO. I do not know if I wouold buy a full six pack. This is regularly $6.99 a six, a bit high considering I can get better for a buck less.

Photo of praufs01
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful looking beer. Cloudy dark yellow, with a big creamy white head, that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma - Floral hops dominate with malt in the background.

Taste - Light crisp hop taste up front that's nicely balanced with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, small bubble carbonation.

Overall - Well balanced, good looking pale ale that would be hard to beat. This ale is exceptional.

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American Pale Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.