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Untouchable Pale Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Untouchable Pale AleUntouchable Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-30-2002)
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Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. A golden orange coloring, haziness is apparent so it's definitely unfiltered (a good sign in my opinion). Not much head to speak of on the pour, large bubbles dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. Slightly carbonated, consistent bubbling keeping a thin veil of foam intact.

Very fresh smell, citrus specifically in the form of orange, floral aroma hops keep it smooth but there is a distinct spiciness in there as well.

The taste is a perfect couple with the smell in my opinion, wheras the smell leans to a sweet citrus aroma, the taste lets you know the bittering hops are present as well. Still citrusy, some pine notes add a slight amount of bitterness. With that said, the malt is there to back it up, distinct sweetness imparted from the barley's more complex unfermentables give the orange flavor a little of a sweeter apricot twist. Very clean, crisp aftertaste, balanced.

The mouthfeel is, whats the word I'm looking for...ahhh, "Pleasant." Great balance between the dextrins and fermented sugars in this brew, The body is not thin on this bad boy. Super smooth, the sweet and spice balance in a great mingling sensation. Not too carbonated though, a little less than I prefer but hey, nobody's perfect!

Very drinkable, especially at the end of a long day when you need something to perk your senses. Great session brew in my opinion and overall this is one of the better pale ales iv'e enjoyed. SN and mirror pond are still the pales of choice but this one could be comin in third (of course im talking the 6pk sold variety!)

dwilson01, Apr 29, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a lighter clear golden with quick to form quick to fade 1/2 finger white head,nice balanced aromas xlear west coast hop profile somewhat piney and resiny with a caramelly sweet malt base coming thru as well.I thought there would be a bit more hop character on the palate it starts out with a decent citric profile but seems to end abruptly leaving a sweeter caramelly malt presence hanging.Not bad close to being really good just left me hanging a little and wanting more hop flavor wise.

oberon, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Duster72
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Pours a hazy pale golden with a one finger head with vigorous pour. Aroma is mild hops with some sweetness and citrus detected. Taste is bitter and astringent and generally not very pleasant. I had a difficult time drinking 1/4th of the bottle. Mouthfeel was typical. Life is too short to drink bad beers, so this one met the drain. :(

Duster72, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Brown 12 ounce bottle. Pours light, dull yellowish amber, cloudy with a white head that sticks around and leaves typical sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit hop aromas. Moderatly hopped APA, more grapefruit and some resin in the center, dull washed out finish. Eh, drinkable ale, but nothing stellar, I'd stick with SNPA over this one.

Billolick, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of mattster
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice head of 1", which dies down to a layer of lace across the top of the glass. Color is amber, very hazy.

Smell is of hops and malt. Taste is hoppy, a little earthier, almost burnt hop taste. I normally really seek a smokey taste on a heavier brew, it just kind of make this one a little too bitter, but it is still drinkable.

Not a bad beer, at the same time, not a favorite.

mattster, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours clear amber with an average white head. Good malt/citrus hop aroma. No metal, which is a relief. Flavor was a nice citrus hop versus the caramel malt balance. Kind of biscuity. A decent APA, it just doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap. Brought over by larrydp for review.

Cloudy,golden/amber color. 2" creamy white head dissapates a bit quick to a thick coating leaving some webs of lace.Unfiltered with light carbination.

Moderate aromas on the faint side for a pale ale. Clean,very pleasing, Citrusy and fruity a hint of pineapple and tangerine.

Clean, very citrusy with a light sweet maltiness,slightly fruity with a mid sugary note. Finishes with a drying light citrus taste. A light pale ale pleasing and enjoyable

Light mouthfeel,very smooth and creamy with a nice light tangyness. Highly drinkable,very refreshing and quaffable.
Would make a good session beer,could drink this one all night.
A bit on the light side,but a good beer overall.

jcdiflorio, May 04, 2007
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

For a pale ale, this brew gives off an awfully strong aroma of hops--in fact, the hops constitute almost all of the nose, floating out of the bottle in waves of grapefruit and rosewater goodness. Yes, there are a few malts there, bringing an orange citrus zest, but for the most part hops rule the roost.

Much the same can be said of the taste, the grapefruit and rosewater flavors that come from massive additions of hops blending nicely with a citrus fruit ester background, compete with apricot and orange notes. Brown sugars and toasted grains that smack of Grape Nuts cereal round out the mouthful, all of the flavors lasting well into the aftertaste, with a final hoppy kick right at the end.

While I may disagree with this ale's classification as "pale"--I would have instead labeled it as an IPA (which, yes, is a sub-type of pale ale)--I find the flavors delicious, and satisfying. Perfect summer fare, and tasty enough to round out a good-quality meal as well.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a bright gold with lots of head and lace. Head sticks around for a good long while and chunks of lace hang permanently onto the inside of the glass. Aroma is quite hoppy, with strong grapefruit elements. Almost smells like an IPA. The initial taste is equally hoppy, but the beer mellows and the hop bitterness subsides towards the finish. This is backwards from most beers where the malts start off and the hops lead to a crisp finish. Unusual and interesting. The malts are quite grainy, like cracked wheat; not absolutely wonderful but fresh and lots of flavor. Hop flavors occasionally poke their heads up throughout and after each sip. Mouthfeel soft, smooth, and thirstquenching. A dynamic and likeable beer.

Thrasher, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of ADR
3/5  rDev -16%

Hazy bright amber appearance. Head is a little suspect, down to a skim in a minute, medium and small bubbles predominate. Laces in strings. Smell of big, bad American aroma hops. Body is light, overall. Malt impression is very poorly expressed, no real sense of character or identifiable robustness -- and then the hops set in. Seems like a mix of Centennial or maybe Northern Brewer and Cascade aromatics. Its weird, even though its primarily a hoppy beer, its gone to a weak green tea-impression by the finish. Almost like water and calcium carbonate were added to Big Daddy IPA...

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Hazy golden orange hue with a mountainous chunky white head great patches of lacing spread uniformly nice. Aroma: Nice cascades mildly hopped pale ale not as in your face as some west coasters but this baby has a balancing malt backbone that plays second fiddle to the floral citrusy hops. Taste: Is a very well balanced malty citric brew with a soft finish and overall solid flavor. Some cereal like graininess in the sweetness that blands with the hop profile this beer just works for me, not in my face but not too timid. Mouthfeel: Is a light to medium bodied ale with strong even carbonation good brew. Drinkability: I think is excellent to sip on a sixer of this stuff would be my pleasure could definitely go for another while watching this Monday Night Football game.

WVbeergeek, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -2%

LXIXME, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Bcant
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

A: brassy color with a decent white head that has nice retention.

S: the bouquet is not strong; some sweetness, perhaps butterscotch, and some faint typical floral hop notes.

T: ales usually taste better warm; not the case for Untouchable. At cooler tempertatures the hop profile is long with lots of pine and lemon rind and the malt sweetness adds a background substance. When it warms, the malts are front and center and there is not a lot going on – some light honey oat flavors.

M/D: Soft but not delicate, slight metallic aftertaste compromises drinkability.

Bcant, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Brilliant clarity. Golden with a foamy white head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. Great appearance. The aroma is of spicy and grassy hops backed by by a light caramel maltiness. A very clean fermentation leaves next to no fruitiness in either the flavor or the aroma, but that goes to personal preference. Earthy and grassy hop flavors appear right up front, combining well with a very biscuity malt and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level (@2.4-2.5 volumes CO2), giving a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Finishes nicely dry with some lingering hop flavor. Well balanced. Unique in it's avoidance of citrusy hop character.Very nice American pale ale, but not necessarily worth seeking out. Still, quite enjoyable if you've got one.

NeroFiddled, Aug 30, 2002
Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a medium golden color with a very slight opaque character, topped by a small wisp of white creamy head. Nice aroma of piney hops, light pale malt, and a touch of grapefruit. Palate is a bit understated on the hoppiness, although some of the pine, grapefruit, and grass do make their way through. Pale malt balances the hops nicely. Body is a touch thin, but not too much of a distraction. Easy to drink, I certainly wouldn't refuse another one of these.

ElGordo, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

I didn't find this terribly pale or hoppy, but it's still a nice beer. It came off much more like an amber ale than anything. The body was a dark than normal with an amber coloring. This was matched by a big smooth caramel malt flavor and aroma that reminded me of the malt backbone in Stone's pale ales.The hops were a pleasant, crisp, kiss of citrus, but not much more. Like I said this isn't so much a pale ale as a nice amber with some hops to it.

tempest, May 03, 2008
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a nice foamy head that recedes in a couple minutes. Fair amount of lacing on the glass. Pale yellow amber color with some haze and a good bit of floaties. (I tried to leave most of the sediment in the bottle.)

Not much aroma to speak of. A little caramel malt and biscuit like aromas going on.

Taste is much like the aroma malty with a little hop background and Buiscuit overtones. little lingering hop bitterness. Fairly creamy mouthfeel and a medium to light body. actually a little bit of an alcohol tingle in mine. Odd for a 5.5% ABV.

Pretty good drinkability. Overall not a bad beer. I could drink one or two. Not something I would really pay 8 bucks for a sixer for, but would buy at a bar on tap or something.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer is a straw golden color. At first it reminds me of a Hefeweizen. The flavors are of a nice, somewhat mellow APA, but the back end feels a just the slightest bit watered down. I'm not sure what hops they used here, and they seemed different than most of our west coast APA's, but they weren't unpleasant. This is a good beer but I like a little more aroma and bitterness.

MiScusi, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nage37, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a pale copper color with a small tight off-white head that settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of a light citrus hop, primarily grapefruit, with a light bready malt. The taste is more malt driven with a bready caramel malt, a very light brown sugar sweetness and a barely there floral hop presence. Hops seem to be for more of a bittering effect. Moderate body that sits well, fizzy carbonation; starts sweet and is balanced by the bittering hop. A sturdy sessionable brew. The flavor isn't fantastic but the beer is quite drinkable.

Gmann, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of scootny
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottles courtesy of gauzedude. A cloudy clover honey color with an off white head of about one finger. It fades to a thin covering that remains on the brew and lacy streaks decorate my glass as I drink. Light and gentle carbonation is evident.

Smell is bready and hops. Sweet malty notes duck in and out. A hint of yeast mixed in the bread.

Taste is light hops up front and light sweet malt. A gentle sourness like the finish of a good whisky toward the back and more and stronger hops in the finish. Nice dry finish with tannic bits in there somewhere. Hops close out with earthy tones on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light with a touch of weight in there. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability is a strength of this one. Easy to kill as many as you can handle.

An excellent beer for a party. Interesting enough for the discerning, subtle enough for the uninitiated. Nice stuff

scootny, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16%

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a dirty cloudy amber color ale with a small foamy head with some average retention. Aroma of hops is quite dry with some bitterness. Taste is dominated by some dry and medium bitter notes with some very subtle dry malt notes. Body is about average with some low carbonation. Very bland overall with some limited bitterness and a weak malt character.

Phyl21ca, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Spikester
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

Pours amber from the 12 ounce bottle with a fair amount of cream colored head. Lots of lacings. Aroma is more pronounced than most of this type. Taste is citrus hops with a well balanced amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.
Not for hopheads but for those seeking a pleasant session APA this is truly an easy drinker. Will probably buy a sixer next time.

Spikester, May 06, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy golden hue with a khaki one finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing.

Grainy malts with some spicy and citrusy hops. A little bit of a sugary aroma sneaks in as well, almost like honey. A flat and bready malt base starts off, with some earthy hops coming in later. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, which gives a smooth feel, but still with a little bite. The finish is the lingering hops.

Pretty much your ubiquitous APA, but still enjoyable. I felt that this one was slightly sweeter than others, take that however you want. Some like it sweeter, some don't. I'd give this one another try if I saw it in a bar, but there are plenty others I may pick before it.

BeerSox, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +5%

spark3148857, Sep 08, 2013
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Untouchable Pale Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.