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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

Moat Iron Mike Pale AleMoat Iron Mike Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

153 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%


Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style pale ale. This crisp ale has a medium bitterness with a flavor profile dominated by an aroma consisting of a blend of three hops, including Cascade.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-23-2007)
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ggilman

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz Iron Mike can poured into a Sebago Tulip.

Pristine honey auburn ale with a frothy off white head that leaves moderate lace. Earthy, herbal hop nose, followed by a similar hop bitterness. Grainy and dry, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Lingering vegetable aftertaste, with a powdery malt finish.

I really like this pale ale, but they're $5/can. I think $15 a six pack is overpriced. I'll stick to filling growlers in the future, but the big cans are cool.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 22:36:20 | More by ggilman
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the 1785 Inn—served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch creamy head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: piney hops and some citrus hops

Taste: piney hops with some sweet caramel malt—light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a slightly bitter middle and a more bitter end, moderate-light carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A very good hoppy beer. This ranks right up there with the best pales coming out of New England. It certainly drinks more like an IPA. Not a hophead, but this is refreshing and well balanced. A hoppy beer that everyone can love.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 14:29:37 | More by tigg924
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jsanford

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK that;s a big can. 24oz can poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear orange-copper with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a soapy haze, leaving lots of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet grainy caramel malt with some grassy hops, orange peel, and a touch of pineapple. Reminds me quite a bit of Dale's Pale Ale, and not just because of the can.
T - More sweet caramel malt and toasted grains with pine resin, orange peel, and a bit of pineapple from the hops. Very drinkable, with a smooth finish.
M - Medium-thin bodied with a good, refreshing mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.
O - A really solid Pale Ale that I could drink quite a bit of. Love seeing the monster 24oz can, too!

Serving type: can

01-05-2012 04:00:38 | More by jsanford
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tip o' the wood to rudzud for coming through on a CAN of one of my longtime wants in support of The CANQuest (TM)! I am always up for a trade involving new CANs and he was a solid trader.

From the CAN: "PaLe AlE iN, PaLe YellOw OuT"; "EverYoNe LoVes BiG CaNs"; "All HaiL tHe PaLe aLe"; "CaN You DiG tHe HoPPY New BeeR?"; "An AmeriCan Pale Ale tHat's aLL HoPPed Up and ReaDy To Go."; "FoR 10+ YeARs We'Ve BeeN BriNGing You Handcarfted BeeR aNd BoLd HoMe CooKinG fRom tHe MouNt WasHinGton VaLLey's 1st BrEw PuB and Inn. CoMe in and VisiT Us! BreweD & CaNNed At Moat Mountain SmoKe HouSe & BrewinG Co."; "WHY CANS?: BeCauSe SomeTiMes a Nice CaN is BetteR tHaN Big JuGs; PRoTectS tHe BreW fRoM LiGht DeGradAtioN - GlaSS DoeSn't.; LeSS WeiGht and TwiCe tHe RecYcliNG = LoWer CarBon FootPrint; JuSt DaMn GooD for THe EaRth and tHe Beer"; "BiG EnouGh To SHaRe".

Well, I applaud their use of upper- and lower-case lettering, but I take exception to their use as it applies to the word "CaN" as it should ALWAYS be "CAN". Ya hear me, ya buncha ... ?!?

I know, I know, the usual hue & cry - "CAN we have a review sometime today, ya jagov?" Here goes:

The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the brim and the Glug produced two dense fingers of bubbly tawny head with good retention, as well as releasing some nice aromatics. Nose had the scent of a snowy evening in a pine forest and if they could ever really capture that smell in incense or a candle, I'd have some burning all the time. In the meantime, my mouth began to water and I was slavering like a dog. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. The first sip was pure bliss as my sinuses filled with the scent of minty, piney hops and those selfsame hops acted like a scrub brush on my AAL-deadened palate. I was starting to feel better about myself as a result. CANfound the prevalence of AALs in CANs! Finish was bold and pungent with hops and veddy, veddy dry. My, my, my. I did get a kind of slight sourness in terms of taste which do not know whether or not it was intentional, but it added a citric lemony aspect that I could have done without. Even so, it was enjoyable enough that I would make cooler space for it, especially as Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually) approaches.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 18:56:20 | More by woodychandler
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz can purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a good inch or so of off-white head that persists and leaves great lacing. Smells herbal, minty, with hints of orange and lemon. Tastes malty with a good dose of hops for balance - caramel, butterscotch, apple, mint, graham cracker... Medium in body and carbonation. Balanced and pleasant. The flavors mesh well with each other and the beer's mouth feel. All in all a pretty solid APA.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 02:35:40 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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vande

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - somewhat clearer than expected, yet strongly goldenrod in color... ahealthy head immediately present that takes some time to dissipate.

s - orange like aromas flowing from the presences of hops...other floral and citrus hops nicely present

t - light presences of hops up front followed by a bit of dryer/ somewhat bitter back...yet the presence of a good malt characteric increases the quaffability :)

m - light and easy to drink....a big tail gater?

0 - pretty good pale ale...lighter on the hops than what I've seen out there, but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 05:03:28 | More by vande
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another generous contribution from fellow BA and buddy rfgetz...

A - The can was a bit of gusher... Three plus fingers worth of airy and fluffy light khaki colored head with a bit of a waffled top... Excellent retention is displayed at a bit less than two fingers... Loads of speckled lacing cling to the glass... The color is a pale orange with a bright glow... Unexpectedly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here or there...

S - A subtle but very nice aroma... Orange zest... Golden raisins... A very solid malt base reminiscent of fresh baked biscuits...

T - Some toasted malts... Butter milk biscuits... The hops are subtle and a mix of earthy and floral... Simple, but quite effective...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... A bit of lushness. Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... A touch of stickiness...

D - Kudos on the vessel - if there's one thing better than a 16oz can, it's a 24 oz can... Insanely quaffable... A simple but very effective offering... Nice in every facet... An excellent example of simplicity in brewing... I would drink this on a regular basis if it were available to me...

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 02:08:02 | More by philbe311
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks J for this big ass 24oz can named after the craziest mofugga to make millions for biting another human. I do infact like big cans.

Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A Big white head billows to the top of my glass that become really foamy. Body is a pale light amber and theres lots of carbonation rushing to the head. As the head slowly comes down lots of rings of lacing are left.

S Mild floral hops with some sweet citrus and some malt. Not too much to pick up on but what I get smells nice.

T Mild citrusy hops come out upfront that becomes slightly bitter toward the middle. The finish is sweeter malts with a tiny bitter lingering. Nice easy to drink beer.

M lighter side of medium feel on the tongue with lots of smaller carbonation bubbles. Feels pretty much how you want a pale to feel, nice and drinkable.

O Nice weekend or all day brew BBQ brew. Not too heavy, easy to drink and a 24oz fan. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 02:31:59 | More by Gushue3
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well well well. Moat in a 1 pt., 8 oz. can! Outstanding! Pours pale orange with a good foamy head. Some retention, a little spotty lace.

Medium toasted malt and some hoppy notes in the nose.

Grainy and a bit bready, but there is something muscular in this one. Some toasted grain, a little husk, some minerals and hop leaf. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Drinkable.

Decent carbonation, medium body, nice strength of flavor.

Good pale ale. Nothing overdone, and made to be easy drinking. Worth a shot. So glad I found this in this gigantic can.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 13:50:57 | More by OtherShoe2
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big ol 24oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz. Into a big ass weizen glass in order to get as much in on one pour.

A: Pours a beautiful amber with excellent clarity, enormous off white head, a good two inches worth that slowly recedes back into the beer. Large clumps of lacing left behind. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Sweet grainy malts, and a slightly floral hop profile. Smells really sweet. Almost smells like a pumpkin beer? Has a sort of brown sugar/vanilla thing going on. Um...not sure what this is.

T: Sweet and bitter. Again a weird sort of sweetness going on here, I can't really place it. Floral hops all over the place with a very pronounced bitterness that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Tastes much better than it smells.

M: Fairly thick for a lower abv beer, carbonation is just right. Finish is fairly dry and the bitterness really shines because of it.

O: I don't really like the odd sweetness in this that I associate more often with a spiced beer or a pumpkin beer. I do like the bitterness and floral hop notes that the beer has though. I also like how dry it is, definitely like the way it looks. Odd beer.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 02:04:45 | More by pokesbeerdude
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Foam spews out of the can as it is popped and generates a huge head that eventually settles down in rocky slendor, leaving a curtain of lace over the clear amber liquid

Smell: Lemon and spruce

Taste: Lemony hops appear, at the outset, with just a hint of bready malt underneath; a bit of spruce arrives, after the swallow, though the lemony flavor dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium body, buthe carbonation blew itself out on the opening as the mouthfeel itself is a little flabby

Overall: Just an average APA and I cannot say that I am delighted by the hop bill

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

11-12-2011 00:54:00 | More by brentk56
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Because sometimes a nice can is better than big jugs." - Iron Mike can

Amber color with a craggy white head. Lumpy blanket of retention leaves lumpy lil' lace deposits. Poured into an Appalachian Mt. Club pint glass - I though it appropriate. Bonus points for a tallboy.

Smells like a bag o' cascade. Lil' bready.

Tastes fresh. More prickly cascade and a bit o' biscuit. With no malty sweetness at all, Mike comes across as wet and watery.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 21:27:50 | More by donkeyrunner
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After today, the tallboy received in a trade from johnnnie! Prosit!

Tall boy poured into a tall Peroni glass.

Pours a golden, um gold color. yes i know that sounds bad, but thats the best i can describe. Very thick white head. definitely full of protein, this one is. Carbonation is really pretty good.

I can smell hops and malt, a very nice balance actually. the hops i get are all aroma, mostly citric hops.

Feels very syrupy sweet and slick, with a candy citrus feeling from the hops. It feels very light, almost to a fault, but it makes is insanely drinkable. Very litte bittering hops, im not so sure I like that part, but I really cant argue with this one. The bitter really comes in on the back end.

Definitely a good candidate for a tall boy. Sits light ont he tongue; it may be one of the more drinkable pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:08:44 | More by VncentLIFE
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brunop

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz can. for a "pale ale" as opposed to an "india" pale ale? well i wonder why moat doesn't just go ahead and append "india" to this brew. it's damn near as hoppy as any IPA out there. more hoppy than say sierra nevada green for sure. this is between SN green and torpedo (leaning nearer to torpedo). and because moat has gone to cans? well now, that has pushed it right up there as a good walkaround and hiking backcountry brew. no more compromising with glass. this is a righteous brew to stand up with any bottled IPA. highly recommended. v. highly.

Serving type: can

10-17-2011 03:45:25 | More by brunop
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with huge cap of soapy white froth, good retention. Scent if full of juicy hop aroma with big notes of grapefruit and splashes of citrus, behind a lightly sweet and clean malt profile comes some resiny and herbally hop notes. Taste follows suit, big bitter tropical and citrus fruit notes on top of a mildly sweet and tofeeish malt backbone with notes of pine. Medium bodied, lingering hop notes on the palate. Overall quite a surprise find and a very good APA.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 21:05:00 | More by rfgetz
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bilco for the can.

Appearance: Bright orange, like a pumpkin orange. Head is white and thin. Some lacing to be had, but it drops pretty quickly. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell: Grainy malts. A touch grassy and biscuity. Straight up two-row malt. Hops add a touch of citrus in the back, but the nose is relatively mild. A subtle blend of hops and malts. A touch of caramel sweetness and a big toasted compliment. Bread crust.

Taste: A kick of minerality starts the whole thing off. Powdery bread crust. A touch of sweetness and a faint earthiness as well. Hops pull grapefruit rind and pith. Smack of straight bitterness in the back. Grassy and grainy. Pilsner malt too. Solid flavor profile, but nothing to break the bank.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. Body feels a little thin overall, but a slightly creamy mouthfeel help bolster it a bit. Drinks on the crisp side, reminds me of a lager at times, especially when warm.

Overall: A completely average take on the style. It's nice to drink something that's not trying to hit with an all out assault. The balance is on point and makes this thing easy to drink. The massive can (24oz) is well worth it and I wouldn't mind having it around for a relaxed night of drinking.

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 19:34:02 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Hopilator

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this tall boy into a pint glass, and received an enormous fluffy head, which hung on for quite a while. A copper hue, with a light hop aroma. Balanced malt flavor (caramel) and hop bitterness, well carbonated, good lacing. Good pale ale, for me it really does not separate itself from the pantheon of pales. It's good though.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 23:42:53 | More by Hopilator
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HUGE can received in a nice surprise box from a fantastic BA... Jrae2424... Thanks a ton Jason!! Pours a hazy lite orange with a good 1" head into my HotD goblet... nice lacing and retention.

Nose is pale malt punctuated by some pronounced toast... bright citrus hoppiness.

Flavor is pretty toasty ... biscuity ... Victory malt?? Still a nice punch of citrus hops put this firmly in pale ale territory... even a hint floral...

The heavier than average malt profile seems to be ramping up the body... but that could be in my head.... the carbonation is spot on and small bubble.

If I had access to this one, I would buy it periodically and certainly every time I go camping.

Thanks again Jason!!

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/4

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 06:03:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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snowflake

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad everyone enjoys this brew. It is a good brew I paid 4.95 for the 24oz can and if you do the math it comes in at very hefty $15 a six pack which is how I have to look at it. Glad I tried it but I won't be a return customer unless they drop the cost significantly

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 23:03:11 | More by snowflake
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers fluffy, bubbly, dense head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and nice lacing throughout. the head really billowed nicely. the body was a bright and lively amber color.
s - slightly sweet with a big citrus aroma.
t - oranges, grapefruit, caramel.
m - medium thickness and bubbly.
o - a really nice APA and i really liked the big ass can.

Serving type: can

07-25-2011 14:59:03 | More by GPHarris
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the can at the pub while heading south through NH. Great brew pub and excellend BBQ, sure stop if your in the area.

Poured from the big can into a tulip pint glass, nice creamy off white head 1/2 inch thick, light lacing. Color is gold to light amber; light carbonation with flecks of yeast about (nice touch from a can).

Smell is biscuit and caramel malt, stronger than I expected, but its backed by some nice hop fruitiness.

Taste is a bitter front mixed with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness, with the bitterness taking over in the finish, more of a mix of hop flavors from light pine to hints of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is strange, some of the flavors linger strong on the tongue, almost astrigent. It starts creamy, but finishes dry.

Overall, this a nice APA, some there is an interesting mix of flavors with the caramel, biscuit sweetness and hard to pinpoint hop notes. I think I liked it better on draft, the freshness is excellent on site.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 23:44:27 | More by mvanaskie13
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy orange-gold color with a huge, frothy, light, white head that starts at an overwhelming 4 inches and settles fairly quickly into a two inch retaining head. Aromas right out of the can strong in malt sweetness and spicy hops, with a leafy green smell as well, helping to balance everything out. Flavors are a little on the watery side initially, but come strong with a peppery spiced hop character riding a weaker, lighter malt that is a little caramel and a little butter. Aftertaste is mostly spice, with a little hops and a little butterscotch sweetness, and the finish is slick and lingers a bit, going back and forth between the pepper and the sweet. Interesting blend of flavors, and pretty well balanced, but just a little off. Tasty, nonetheless.

Serving type: can

07-08-2011 22:55:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz. can feels good in the hand!

Slight haze to the golden amber with a full-lively white sea foam head, chunky and clumpy foam with sticky lace.

Very sweet fruits in the nose up-front, red and dark berries, mandarin oranges, honey-caramel malty sweet. Tingly spices and big fruity hops.

A tart, citric hop bite with some bitter, dry earthiness, grainy malt with a decent balance but with a bit of conflict with the flavor's and how they mesh.

The feel is medium, crisp but just a bit too relaxed after a short period of time.

A decent beer in a really cool can.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 21:39:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light straw color with about 2 fingers of off white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

S - There's a little bit of fruitiness in the nose, but not a ton. There's a bit of bitterness in the smell as well. There's an odd muskiness to it, which I don't think is a result of age. It's slightly off-putting.

T - Much like the smell, the taste is... slightly odd. There's the hint of fruitiness with the bitterness. However, the muskiness or funkiness is still present.

M - The mouthfeel is the closest this beer has to a saving grace, honestly. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, the carbonation seems spot on.

Overall, this is a disappointing beer. The smell and taste have odd characteristics and the mouthfeel and appearance don't have what it takes to make up for it.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 19:06:49 | More by gdrydenc
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber/orange hued brew with a huge dense, off-white head that slowly recedes leaving behind spotty lacing.

lots of hops hit the nose first, a bit of pine and juicy citrus, with some light and sweet malt backing that up.

malt starts off sweet and slightly toasty with some lemony and grassy hops. goes bitter in the middle, but then finishes juicy and with plenty of hop flavor.

a touch light bodied, between pilsner and pale ale in terms of viscosity, with plenty of soft carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

checks all the marks for a good, hoppy APA. won't wow everyone, but its solid and drinks easy, which it has to being in a 24oz can.

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 04:00:34 | More by silentjay
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