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Untouchable Pale Ale - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Untouchable Pale AleUntouchable Pale Ale

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-30-2002)
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Reviews by yelterdow:
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Speakeasy was just launched in NY last week, and we've got some samples of their beers. I'll serve the Untouchable Pale Ale in my trusty SABL glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a bright medium gold with plenty of active csrbonation... the lush, three finger head rises tall and remains full. Great patches of sticky lacing adorn the inside of the glass.

Smell- A wonderful, succulent hop profile that brings to mind honeyed grapefruit treats the nose. There's plenty of malt backbone to even things up.

Taste- The phenomenal balance of the ingredients here is so impressive... the fruity, explosive hops are stunning while not being too one-sided. After the malts bring their richness to the beer, a lasting, wonderful bitterness coats the entire mouth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I've never had an APA dazzle me with its texture like this before... the carbonation rolls and eases up while remaining foamy for its entire duration in the mouth. The sum total of this beer is absolutely remarkable, and I'm so happy to have this brewery's products available in the area. Can't wait to sample and review the rest.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:45:49 | More by yelterdow
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Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a citrus forward smell, but an earth forward taste.

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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow to amber with a slight haze. Head was made up of small to medium bubbles. The head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and the carbonation is moderate to low.

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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 07:51:05 | More by dwilson01
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1.68/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The bottle gave a forceful pop upon opening it. That being said, the head was immediate and gargantuan atop a hazy amber. Retention was equally as impressive, leaving a lumpy cone on the way down.

The nose was full of lemon citrus, quite distracting as i searched for other flavors within it. Alcohol and sour apple cider was pretty much what I smelled.

The flavor carried on about the same profile. Apple juice and lemony sourness was too much.

Carbonation was over the top and it just seemed off.... hopefully this was a tainted beer because it wasn't any good. I dumped it after two sips. I know of no reason why this beer would or could have gone bad, certainly not after I had obtained it. Therefore I will not be touching this one in the future.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn
A- Dull gold in color, darkish, but completely clear. Some lace and head and bubbles.
S- limited, but something sweet in there.
T- Has a real sweet caramel taste to it. For a pale ale, it doesn't have much spice to it, but it has a flavorful smooth brew taste to it.

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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a regular pint glass. I drank this at my local bar in Tokyo, Japan, so please keep that in mind when reading this review. Handling/travel may have influenced my review in some unknown way.

A: Poured a golden yellow with a thin, frothy head.

N: Floral bouquet that finished with a citrus-addled sweetness.

T: 'Understated' was the word that came to mind after first and second sips. The hoppiness never seemed to break through on this American Pale Ale even though it seemed like it really wanted to. I must admit that I was somewhat surprised that there was so much 'bark' on the nose but very little 'bite' going down.

M: Smooth and slightly carbonated.

D: This beer is very drinkable, and I ran through my pint in an unexpected hurry. There's a pleasant floral aftertaste after each gulp, and while this APA isn't as crisp as many of the others I've had, it is definitely a beer that I'd buy again or recommend to someone new to this genre of pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Pony Bar, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft cereal grain and light herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth light caramel with a flowery and slightly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balaced APA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 21:01:50 | More by plaid75
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Untouchable Pale Ale from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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