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Copperhead Pale Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001

Silver Medal Winner 1997 World Beer Championships - India Pale Ales.

While walking through a field and enjoying a lazy summer evening, our head brewer Steve stepped on a stick that popped up and nicked his leg.

Or so he thought, until he found two puncture marks on his ankle. The copperhead bite may have caused a trip to the hospital for Steve, but it also provided just the inspiration he and Chuck needed to name their new beer – yep, one lowly snake in the grass is the namesake of one of our most popular beers.

53 IBU
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Photo of teromous
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label has "Best By" notches on the side indicating 3 and week 2 so the second week of March. I'm well within that window.

Appearance: As the namesake indicates the beer is a nice copper color. It has good clarity and a thick white head with good retention.

Aroma: There isn't a whole lot of aroma here. It has a very light floral aroma with a touch of lemon.

Taste: It has a mellow hop flavor with a touch of rye bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is fairly dry with good carbonation and a light bitterness.

Overall: It's a pretty good clean pale ale. I would drink it again.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Lawrence, KS, for a week. This brewery was just a few blocks from the hotel, but I didn't go there. I picked up a few six packs at a local liquor store (in Lawrence, beer isn't sold in supermarkets or convenience stores like in other locales). This is one of the flagship beers for this brewery.

All in all I have to say I was a little disappointed. Not totally disappointed. I mean, it is beer afterall so it was pretty good. It has a dark copper color which is probably why they named it copperhead. It pours out nicely into one of those 6 oz. hotel glasses - you know, the ones they wipe with a dirty rag and then slap a sticker one it that says "sanitized". But I digress. It had a decent taste and a decent smell, but it was just average. I expect more from a craft brewery.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

traditional and tasty, but not my favorite of the kansas hoppy stuff i has this weekend. its got the grain bill more of an amber or an english mild than an american ipa, and while more interesting, feels a lot more malt forward and heavy than i was anticipating. nice and frothy in the glass with a tall head on it and a lot of lace character on the edges of the glass as i drink on it. the nose and taste match up pretty well to one another, with the munich type malt leading the way even before the hops, which to me are northwest C varietal stuff, dosed appropriately but mostly early, with more bitterness than aromatic, and a very vegetal component. cerealy and toasty, the beer has layers and it comes together quite well. a little filling for sessioning in my book, but a well made beer that is probably most applicable in mid autumn. i have been with free state in my limited experience so far...

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Photo of jw4free
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice white head fades with decent effervescence. Medium amber, light copper.

Smell: Malty, Peaty

Taste: Hops - grapefruit

Feel: Crisp, finishes flat

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with white head. Light pine, citrus, and caramel notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little hop resin.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 6/16/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 'Free State' mini-snifter glass which I bought directly from their brewery/restuarant while in Lawrence, Kansas a few weekends back.

Pours a copper-amber in color with a thin off-head head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of sweet malts with a hint of caramel. The taste is the same that is followed up quickly by a bitter finish by the grassy malts. Perfect carbonation. Not a fan of the IPA style brews due to their hoppy, bitter finish. But one of the better ones I have tried.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Bright copper color, I see it in the name. This head that leaves quickly with some decent lacing.

Smell - good blend of sweet malts with some bitter hops on the end

Taste - nice bitter start to the beer with a well balanced malt build to balance this one out.

Mouthfeel - Smooth bitter finish.

Overall - solid pale ale!

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Photo of arc3636
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale brown color with some red hues. Pours with thick white head with excellent and long lasting lacing. Don't get a lot of hops in the nose, the aroma is fairly malty. Taste also starts out malty with the pine hops coming in the aftertaste. Lighter bodied with average carbonation.I'll definitely seek out another one. A nice malty (but still hoppy) alternative to all hops IPAs

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light citrus notes with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel notes with some light citrus undertones. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily quaffable thought hops profile is bit more subdued then I had expected.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a clean yet deep copper in color with a finger of head. decent amount of lacing. smells of sweet bready malt, caramel, very yeast oriented. the flavor is a slight tad bitter up front, grassy hops, then a heavy dose of bready malt. not much there, but a decent beer to just pound. medium in body, moderate carbonation. refreshing and crisp but i was expecting a lot more hop balance from this brewery and for the style.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Hazy copper/amber color with a small white head that leaves quickly.

S - Bready caramel, slightly toasted, multi grain cracker.

T - Deep caramel malt, very bready, toasted biscuits, leafy bitterness, hints of tart fruit, some tea-like bitterness sneaks in with hints of sharp lemon citrus on the finish.

M - Heavy side of medium body, medium carbonation, foamy but smooth feel.

(I reviewed this as an APA)
This beer plays more to the malts than the hops. Nice malty depth with simple hop biterness. Some fruit mixed in with some citrus and tannins on the finish. Good stuff here. Very balanced but I would consider this a American Pale Ale rather than an IPA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Nice two finger foam cap settles in a solid, thin white layer. Strong lacings cling to the side of the glass. Small carbonation in a copper, reddish golden brown. Lacings remain after a few swigs.

Fresh pine and citrus hop aroma.

Sharp hop bite with a clean finish. Medium weight.

If you like hoppy ales, this is a good one. Pleasant appearance, decent aroma and taste. Good representative for the style.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I remember when this brew pub started and it was the only place within 50 miles to get fresh local beer. A local bar had this one on special so I took a trip down memory lane. I think how I was all Pale Ale and now IPA, Belgium, hoppy wheats, white or dark IPA's, Imperial everything keeps me happy. It's still good to go back to where it all started.

A- Had to ask for a glass, a bar with 100 brews and you have to ask for a glass? Pours copper-orange, small head that fades quickly
S- Not much there but when you are used to BIG hops, this one smells more of the carmel malt to me
T- Takes me back! This used to be considered hoppy but now, I taste more of the malt and then the hop finish. This is one to let warm up a bit and drink slow.
M- a good medium, nice drinking, just right carbonation.
O- A good solid american pale ale. Well crafted and balanced more towards the malt, which is a good change for a hop head.

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Photo of acelin
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark orange-amber, slightly caramel in color as well. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, lots of lemon, some sap. Some caramel malt.

Taste: Identical to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Average for the style.

Overall an okay IPA. Nothing amazing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- The beer is a nice solid copper color with a cream colored head. The head recedes to a film with nice sticky lacing as the beer goes down.

S- Faint malts, but bright bitter citrus hops.

T- A subtle caramel malt presence at the front. A bright, almost biting sharp hop finish.

M- Medium body with a dry finish.

O- Not bad, not bad at all. It's well-balanced really, which I appreciate.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber pour with a large fluffy off-white head atop it. Excellent retention with good lacing.

S: Citrusy with some toasted bread. Fairly subtle for an IPA.

T: Really nice sweet citrus mixing with toasted malt and caramel. Not much bitterness, just a touch.

M: Medium range, a touch drying in the aftertaste.

O: Not a huge in-your-face hop bomb like a lot of american IPAs, this is much more balanced and drinkable. Toasted malt adds a nice aspect I think.

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copperish orange color with a one finger head. The nose is earthy, piney hops and some caramel malts. The taste follows suit. Caramel Malta start off the profile and have a touch of toasted malt in the mix. Some bitter, pine hops show up afterwards. A little bit of the toasted malts show back up on the finish as well. Pretty straight forward, but good in its own right. Mouthfeel has a decent amount of carbonation in it and a medium body. Overall, this is a good pale ale (listed as an IPA?). Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Orange/copper color, which is funny because it’s also in the name. But honestly this beer has a nice hue to it, it absorbs light and nice a nice glow to it. Nice off white head forms and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S – Good sweet caramel smell, and a decent citrus hop character as well, but also a little floral also at the end.

T – Good balanced pale ale, with the sweetness of the malt and the punch of the hops it’s a nice example of the traditional style. The hops have a citrus character, the floral hops in the nose don’t come out in the taste.

M – Carbonation was good, and the mouth feel was balanced.

O – I had this over a year back and this is my 2nd visit and this time I enjoyed it more than the first. Well made and well balanced pale ale. Free State makes some just all around good brews. This is my 2nd style experience with them, and both have been great.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

906th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased at: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A dark burnt orange with a nice fast receding head and had a small amount of cling. Such a great color to this one.

Smell- A big rich aromatic aroma of caramel malts with some softer citrus. A bit bitter.

Taste- This was a good pale. I forgot how much I liked this one off of a sampler a few years back. A good blend of caramel malts with some thicker citrus. A touch spicy and bitter.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit thick citrus with some spicy caramel.

Drink- A pretty bigger taste with some good balance and finishing flavors. A little more bitter would have kicked this up a notch.

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Photo of scratch69
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper color with a thin head and almost no lacing.

Smell- Strong hop aroma and not much else.

Taste- Strong hop flavor with a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not an outstanding beer. If you are looking for an IPA to drink there a better ones out there.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-red and clear with a fair head and decent lacing. Very pretty color.

Quite fruity with plenty of hops to go around. Floral and citrus mix well with a dash of great caramel malts. Smells and tastes really nice, I'm liking this beer.

Body was wonderful, great tang from the perfect carbonation and a lightly sweet and fruity aftertaste.

This is a really nice beer. I'd love to get this one in sixers.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by 2nd week of October) into a pint glass.

Copperhead has a nice clear amber/copper color. A hasty pour produces a two finger off-white head that lingers then dwindles, but never leaves the scene. Good ammount of lace marks every gulp.

Aroma is reminescent of the IPAs of the Northwestern U.S. Great foral and citrus hops aromas over slightly sweet caramel and breadcrust.

Nice flavors from the Cascade and Centennial hops complimenting a mild caramel backbone and lightly toasted grains. Something in there grabs me as a bit lemony as well.

Near perfect feel with medium body. Nice balance.

Copperhead is a well balanced easy drinking American IPA. I'll definitely be a repeat customer as these guys make great brew at a reasonable price.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle to my favorite mug pours the Copperhead Pale Ale. A fluffy off white head forms up to about 2 fingers and a nice collar hangs on for quite a while. The color is an orangy amber and I can see lots of tiny bubbles rising throughout.

The nose is light with floral and citrus notes. There is a nice orange juice sweetness in the smell, but it is subtle and balances well.

The entry is a mouthful of hops, big and bold and complex. This holds through the body of the beer which has the orange zest that the nose hints at. The fade is all bitter hops but not so much that you forget the body of the beer.

The feel is medium body but crisp and the carbonation comes through at the end. It seems similar to may ambers in feel.

Overall this is a good dinner beer. Since I am not a big IPA fan, this probably won't become my beer of choice. But it is definitely worth keeping on hand for hophead friends or a change of pace.

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Photo of mvforegonian
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Oh Freestate your genius never ceases to quench my thirst. Hops all the way through to a lingering finish. Pours a beautiful dark golden with aromas of American hops done up right! This beer is wonderful both bottled and off tap.

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Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.