American Pale Ale - Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 42
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 1
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Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jwc215 on 03-28-2007

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -39.9%
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. (492 characters)

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. (355 characters)

Photo of dbatch
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a pale amber color, with about 3/4 inch head, dissipating fairly quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell - strong citrus odor, with malt overtones

Taste - citrus flavor gives way to hoppiness, but not as much as I'd like, leaves with a very acidic flavor.

Mouthfeel - on the dry side, but not arid.

Drinkability - i can see having 3 or 4 of these and being fine.

Overall, its an average beer, i wouldnt kick it out of my fridge. (472 characters)

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. (757 characters)

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spanish Peaks American Pale Ale was amber in color with tons of floaties, and a half-inch of off-white head that rapidly dissipated to a collar.

The aroma was a modest eau de skunque, nothing else rose above that.

The taste was citrus, lemon, but not very bitter or sweet; like weak lemonade.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was only fair, due to ambivalent flavor.

Not well balanced. This was one of the weaker APA's that I have tried. Not recommended. (506 characters)

Photo of MOShepp
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Still more notes from the Great Midwest excursion. Damn, I bought a lot of beer...

It's a lightly hazy copper, yeast in suspension with a fluffy ivory head. Sweet, sweet hops in the nose, sweet pale malt too.

The sweet hop aroma does not hint at the herbal biting bitterness the hops deliver. It's like a turbo charged English style pale ale. Mouth is dryish lots of herbal hops in the finish and aftertaste.

Something about this beer doesn't mesh well, the hops (Crystal, Mt. Hood, Horizon) are not right for the malt profile or they overpower it too much. Whatever, it just doesn't work for me. Only fair. (611 characters)

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. (469 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this poured into a glass from a 12 oz bottle in Lake Okajobi, Iowa

Poured a hazy orange with a small white head that didn't stick around long.

The smell is floral and mildly yeasty.

The taste is fruit tart, grassy and perhaps slightly medicinal. There's a fair amount of sourdough bitterness in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is average with a good balance between the malt and hops.

I liked the medium+ carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this ale well-enough to try more from the Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. (514 characters)

Photo of crayphish
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a fairly dark amber color with a sparce bubbly head. A nominal amount of lacing. Smell is grassy hops a touch of sweet fruit, and sweet bready malt. Taste is a balance of the smell with shades of pine and more sweet citrus, again balanced by the bready sweet malt. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp thanks to the piney resinous hops cleaning my palate. I found this offering to be a highly drinkable brew. A sessionable brew. (446 characters)

Photo of jackorain
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (405 characters)

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. (500 characters)

Photo of kels
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (546 characters)

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. (1,082 characters)

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

A nice light copper in color with a thick light tan head. This beer is slightly cloudy from sediment.

It has an earthy, musty aroma, which I think comes primarily from the sediment, with notes of caramel and hops.

The earthy quality is notable in the taste, too, along with a light bread flavor and a nice bitter hop finish.

The body is fine, with a nice amount of heft.

Overall this is a fine APA. I like that it distinguishes itself from the zillions of others in the style through the earthy notes. (505 characters)

Photo of drxandy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz to standard pint glass, pours a hazy redish golden color with a great 3 finger head.

smells of honey, orange peel, hops and malt

tastes bitter, citric almost astringent hopping, honey, malts play in the background, a nice version of an american pale, nothing really stands out as amazing, but a good beverage regardless

mouthfeel is crisp and more hopped than most pale's - a bit of a dry finish, and the hop blend aren't the best match but hey

would be great paired with a meal or just after working out, etc (530 characters)

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. (369 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (738 characters)

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

Golden amber color that didnt have a lot of head. Nice hop aroma and flavor. Good lacing on glass. Aroma was citrusy with hints of caramel malts. Mouthfeel was good, not too thin or thick. Pretty good pale ale. Drinkability was good on this one. Nothing I would seek out, but would have again. (293 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, black labe on the label. Cryptic date code, and it only says its brewed in Denver, not who is actually doing the contract brewing.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange color, decent head. All 6 of these were gushers.

Smell: Very hoppy - lots of grapefruit and some floral aromas. Just a bit of breadiness in there somewhere, but the hops hide most of it.

Taste: Lots of hopes for an APA, grapefruit flavor dominates.

Overall impression: This seems more like an IPA to me, but it is a drinkable beer with some good hop flavors. If you aren't into hops, you probably won't like this - otherwise give it a shot. (642 characters)

Photo of denflyr
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice yellow/copper color with a medium amount of haze. A slight head, but not very uniform.

The hops obviously dominate on the nose of this brew. They almost have an orange esther to them rather than what I feel are usually grapefruit type aromas.

The beer had a nice taste to it. It had a nice malt creaminess to it. Not an overwhelming amount of hops. Nicely balanced.

Just the right amount of carbonation. Nice refreshing brew to drink since my palate was not attacked by the hops.

An excellent beer to have around as a go to beer. I could drink this often if I could get this is Houston. Not sure what the ABV was it did not seem high, so a few could be had in my opinion. (689 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (697 characters)

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