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Copperhead Pale Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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Copperhead Pale AleCopperhead Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  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.
This flavorful beer is made in the style of the India Pale Ale Style originally manufactured in Great Britain for their colonies in India, but with an American twist. The harsh travel that the beer had to survive required a strong, hoppy beer. The Hops and the high level of alcohol helped buffer the beer through its long travels. Made with flavorful and full bodied Pale Ale malt combined with a touch of caravienne for color and carapils for body, the rich flavor of this beer is matched and enhanced by a very generous portion of Centennial and Cascade hops. The Cascades give this beer its distinctive floral aroma and a uniquely American character.

48.5 IBU
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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by arc3636:
Photo of arc3636
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of Soonami
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on taste and appearance, I would've thought that Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State would be an English Pale Ale, so I was of course very surprised to come on BA and find this listed as an AIPA (neck label on bottle calls it an "American Pale Ale"). This was a nice copper color with a bit of foam consisting of tiny bubbles. The beer had a bit of woody hop aroma and sweet malt that were both repeated in the taste. Furthermore, the hop flavor wasn't that sprucy, grapefruit, fruity west coast hops, but more of a minty, herbal, earthy English hop thing. Overall, this was a tasty beer, but definitely not up-to-snuff for an American IPA.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of midwestbrewers
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours with a nice copper color and has a small one finger head

S: slightly citric with a malt note. Grapefruit almost

T: the taste is wonderful. Very hoppy but not too overpowering. Wonderful grapefruit taste and very smooth. Slight malty notes throughout, just enough to keep you satisfied.

At first glance, and review I thought this was just a pale ale. I'm not a big drinker of IPA's as they are just too bitter for me. I prefer not to not have my mouth abused by my beer. That being said, this is a perfect example of what I'm looking for in an IPA. I am astounded at the quality of this beer. It all goes so well together and doesn't overpower you in any one area. Goes great with spicy dishes, like gumbo or Mexican cuisine. I will buy this beer again. GREAT BEER FREESTATE!!!!

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD of the 4th week of June

Pours amber/copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Pineyness, floral notes, lemons & herbal hop, plus a touch of malt sweetness once warm, plus just a bit of sulphur

T: Herbal & piney hops, slight biscuitty malt up front, plus herbal hop bitterness, a touch of mineral/dryness. Pears apricot, mix with herbal & woody hops, plus dryness when warmed up. Finishes dry, crisp, with a touch of minerals, sulphur, pine & a touch of honey

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

I liked this better on draft, but will happily buy this again when I find myself in Kansas, which is at least a few times a year

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with more of a thin and fizzier looking layer that hangs tough and soaps the sides of the glass with rich spotty foam. The aroma is grassy, spicy, and bitter, with some green citric hop character. This is backed by some stiff smelling grainy malt but the hops really push the nose here with a fresh and moderately vibrant feel.

The taste is similar, with an assertive citric bite that spreads pithy bitterness and green fruit out into the mouth. This is well balanced by sweet toasted grains of the pale malts and a splash of caramel but the hops definitely control this, with bitter fruit stretching into the finish along with some light drying spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy bubbly feel that fills up the mouth with some presence but then remains slick on the backend and helps this staying relatively easy.

Nothing wrong with this at all. Just a flavorful and crisp IPA (although this one really kind of towed the line between that and an assertive APA) that kept the focus on the hops while still keeping this balanced and drinkable. Really nice stuff. I'd like to try this one on draft as well.

Photo of bditty187
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, coppery-tawny-gold in hue; the liquid was pleasant in appearance. It was served with almost two fingers of frothy off-white head. Head retention was excellent, a half finger cap lasted the entire consumption. There was a tremendous amount of subsequent, sticky lacing. On cask this Pale Ale looks great. It is eye candy for the beer fiend.

The nose is powerful with a hoppy blast that only cask beer can offer. It is citrusy-grapefruit and piney with a fruity underbelly. The malt backbone is solid; it supplies a toasty but soft caramel biscuit aroma. Solid potency. I found the bouquet to be very inviting.

The palate is the same wonderful combination as the nose. This Pale Ale is put together perfectly… it is a cask queen. The hops are assertive; they just jumped down my throat. They were bitter and flavorful with grapefruit rinds, orange zest, and pine needles/spruce bark. Yeast fruitiness. The belly is malty; caramel and toasty biscuits. The aftertaste is long and relaxing. This beer was so damn tasty on cask.

Medium in body, the cask-conditioning created a low but natural carbonation level and it produced a pliable and relaxing mouthfeel.

Drinkable? Yell yeah. I order two of these and I’m not sure I set my glass down. It was quaffed at the brewpub in Lawrence, KS. I wish this were on cask every time I went... this is a “must try” if you see this beer on cask. Yum.

Photo of jaycount
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In comparison to the Ad Astra, this beer was certainly more bitter but had alot more flavors alongside it, I couldn't put my finger on it but it seemed to have a light citrusy flavor, maybe oranges. Definitely a stronger, more bitter taste than the Ad Astra. Was delicious no less, a great one to alternate with the Ad Astra.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright orange with small amounds of head. The first thing I notice about this beer is the clarity - there's little to no cloudiness whatsoever. The aroma reminds me of slightly damp hay bales with some light cereal notes in the background. Has a lightly carbonated mouth texture, with a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. I've been drawn back towards Pale Ales after spending the last several months chasing stronger and stronger IPAs; Copperhead is one of the better that I've had, even though it's technically in the IPA category. The taste hits you with a very sweet malt presence up front followed by a lemon peel and grapefruit lingering hop bitterness in the back. The entire process is quite clean and straightforward, though everything works very well together. It's actually quite good, especially for a Pale Ale.

Photo of marc77
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive clear copper color. Off white, soapy, yet persistent head leaves rough, frothy lace. Assertive, but clean citrusy Cascade nose dominates the aroma, with agreeable hints of pine sap secondary. Definitely dry - hopped. Token medium caramel malt sweetness with faint biscuit notes is offset by assertive, but clean hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly high, leaving a slightly prickly mouthfeel. Sharp, but enjoyable grapefruit hop flavor is tapered by a firm, dextrinous malt backbone. The body is fairly light overall, but this adds to the drinkability of this brew. Finishes quite dry, crisp and lightly toffeeish. Copperhead is one tasty and well brewed APA, and certainly straddles the boundary between pales and IPAs. Unique, and certainly well crafted.

Photo of damuraus
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive deep amber, almost reddish hue. The nose was fruity with hops coming through. Taste of grapefruit at the front. The finish was smooth and while there was sufficient hops, there wasn't much bitterness at the end. Mouth feel was substantial enough to support all the flavors. A very pleasant quaff.

Photo of Flatlands
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009.

Pours.a nice copper color with a white head and a pretty good dose of lacing. Nose is fairly strong notes of C-hops with a bit of caramel malt in the background. Taste is not quite as hopcentric and some more caramel comes through. Good body with nice bitterness. Drinks well and was my favorite of the day.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-gold with two fingers of large-bubbled white head with no lacing left behind.

Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malts.

Nice citrus taste of tangerine and grapefruit along with a sweet caramel maltiness for a good balance. Bitter bite to the finish.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

A nice American IPA from Free State. I'll try to grab more next time and will try to find it on-tap.

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This had a light, off-white head upon presentation with great clarity in a deep copper-colored ale. The nose had a light mix of hops and malt. The mouthfeel was medium with an up-front hops presence. The finish was initially sweet, but the hops returned in the aftertaste. This was a really tasty beer.

Photo of karst
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although not as tasty as their Smoke Hille Ale - Copperhead has ample characteristics to reccomend it.

Pours a bright copper with white head and lace that persists on the Schlafly pint glass. Cascade dry hopping pays big dividends in this APA. Biscuit and Victory malts support the Cascade and Chinook bitterness and flavor. Tap version is much brighter in aroma and flavor and seems better balanced. Medium body and 2 atmosphere carbonation level makes this a showy brew with nice mouthfeel and drinkability. Higher carbonation may offset my objection to caramel sweetness that was a little overpowering in the growler.

Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmers Gastropub in Springfield, MO.

Pours a bright, clear copper, capped by a frothy off-white head.

First whiff tells me this isn't a simple pale ale. The nose is packed with citrus and pine resin, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Mouthwatering.

Citrus up front on the palate, but a strong undercurrent of caramel malt balances the hops a bit. Finish is bold and spicy. Tasty and drinkable, though hop bitterness slows things down a bit.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev -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.

Photo of crusian
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend from lawrence, actually. Pours a light amber color with litle head, but large bubbles, seems like it was force carbonated.
nose doesnt have much on it. bottle says best by 1-1 so I assume this is semi-fresh... but the hop presence seems to be faded or just was never really there to begin with.
taste tells me more of the same. it does have a bitter finish, but no real hop profile up front. taste is sweet and thin with some caramel malt character, but overall this isnt that great. This bird on the label is freakin me out a bit too... why is he so squat and fat? lol.
Oh, and the category is wrong, it is a pale ale, not an American IPA.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a new penny coper color, with a good substantive head that lasted the entire beer.

The aroma is quite nice. It's almost a fresh hop smell, pungent, biting, citrusy. Very good. There's little malt in the nose of this beer at all.

The taste is initially all hops. It's not all that bitter, but very big on hop flavor. The malt does come in to balance the beer after the initial taste, then slowly dies away, but the hoppiness never fades. Very good, clean hop flavors, too, not like licking the bottom of a lawnmower. There's no coarseness in this at all. Really very well done for an American IPA. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and not a macro. Whodathunkit?

The mouthfeel is a tad heavier than one may expect, but not so much so as to be distracting. Just... hearty, would be a good word, I think.

This is a well-made beer. Well worth seeking out, as are all the Free State offerings.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle with a best by date of the 4th week of March.

Appearance is amber with a thick and rocky off-white head. The head retention is strong and hearty. The smell is a loud mix of sweet rich malts as well as earthy and piney hops (smells like the kitchen after a day of homebrewing). The beer tastes like smooth sweet malts up front, but you get the citrus hop punch on the swallow. Moments after the swallow, you get piney hop oils lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant amount carbonation. Even though the ABV is unreleased, it drinks like something around a 5% beer. For hop-heads, this is a beer worthy of looking up if you're in the Midwest.

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Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.