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Copperhead Pale Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

Copperhead Pale AleCopperhead Pale Ale

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%

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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-16-2001)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:41:07 | More by scratch69
Photo of crusian


2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:24:05 | More by crusian
Photo of beertunes


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed after a friends recent visit to Kansas. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a great sharp copper color without much head, likely due to transportation reasons.

This brew had a sharp hop scent, with what smelled like a solid malt base. The flavors were just like the aromas, just fuller and expanded on.

Good solid body, typical for the style, and not heavy. A very drinkable beer if this were locally available to me it would be in my regular rotation of go-to brews.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2009 20:49:43 | More by beertunes
Photo of Soonami


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 02:45:30 | More by Soonami
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 23:55:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of maxpower


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bright glowing golden copper in color, clingy foamy head, nice lacing. Citrus and pine aroma of hops. Pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale , some malt flavors with a nice hop bite yet very easy to drink, has a clean and bitter taste, more of an English IPA, light to medium body nice crisp bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 17:45:50 | More by maxpower
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 10:49:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy amber with a thin off white head.

Caramel malt and American hops form a rather standard APA aroma.

Malty sweetness offers a caramel feel that is balanced by medium hop bitterness. Hop flavor extends to the dry finish with notes of citrus, pine, maybe a little mint.

Medium to full bodied.

Interesting malt profile, but other than that Copperhead does little to distinguish itself from the sea of American Pale Ales. I see that BA and Free State call this an American IPA. I don't see it. My experience here seems at odds with other BAs whose opinions I have come to respect. My bottle is right up against its best buy date, maybe this one just needs to be fresher. I'll be sure to try it again and report back.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:11:50 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:01:06 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of capra12

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Matt for this extra, poured into a weyerbacher pint glass.

Appearance: this pours a 1 finger head with a clear and deep brown/copper. Minimal weblike and spotty lacing.

Smell: I get a bunch of caramel malts with a hint of grassy hops. A slight twinge of metallic comes and goes.

Taste: Opens with a mild floral hop along with a mild malt profile. A one dimensional American IPA, with a mildly hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation with a slightly coarse

Drinkability: I would have this at a bar which serves BMC and there arent other choices. I recommend this to those seeking an amber with a mild hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 17:21:30 | More by capra12
Photo of acelin


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 17:25:19 | More by acelin
Photo of StaveHooks


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:43:16 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of WunderLlama


3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:51:21 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 23:37:50 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of fltmedic


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 19:32:02 | More by fltmedic
Photo of birchstick


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 02:31:17 | More by birchstick
Photo of Flatlands


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 18:00:20 | More by Flatlands
Photo of MrTopher


3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 18:28:27 | More by MrTopher
Photo of jaycount


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:51:59 | More by jaycount
Photo of Goliath


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention with some bubbley lacing.

Aroma has a subtle hop profile. A bit of citrus and pine with a touch of malt sweetness in the background.

Very tasty. A light piney hop profile with a bit caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high with low alcohol and simple but pleasing flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 04:17:07 | More by Goliath
Photo of jmvecchio1


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 21:32:31 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of Dope


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:45:58 | More by Dope
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 19:57:56 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Tone


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 20:24:25 | More by Tone
Photo of arc3636


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:59:48 | More by arc3636
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Copperhead Pale Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.