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Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker American Pale AleThomas Hooker American Pale Ale

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale is an extremely vivid, medium-bodied brew. Hooker Pale Ale stresses the crisp bitterness, lingering resin flavor, and aroma of American hops which are characteristic of the most distinctive West Coast Ales. The caramel sweetness of the malt balances the chock-full-of-hops flavor to yield a complex but quite refreshing brew.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-27-2001)
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Reviews by madmanjf:
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I watched this cask get tapped. I was surprised at how much natural carbonation was in this cask.

The pour had quite a thick foamy head, which laced down the glass nicely as the head subsided down to fine bubbles. The beer was an orangey light brown that was somewhat cloudy, most likely due to the unsettled yeast.

The aroma was very faint, slight pleasant hops that was not strong or overpowering. There wasn't any malt aroma to mention. Someone did point out a mild sulfur smell which I originally did not pick up on; and once pointed out to me, I became consciously aware of it. It was not an issue for me though.

The initial flavor was that of a toasted malt which turned into a mild hop flavor in the back of the mouth. The finish was again the toasted malt with a more pronounced hop flavor coming out in the finish. During my second pint, there was a faint hint of a citrus after-taste reminiscent of some west coast IPAs.

With my first sip, I was impressed at how smooth the beer was. Despite the strong presence of carbonation, the beer glided over the tongue and down my throat without a strong effervescent feeling.

This made for a great session ale. It was extremely drinkable, well balanced between malt and hops, and quite refreshing and enjoyable.

I had two 20oz Imperial pints followed by a 12oz finisher.

Serving type: cask

02-27-2008 14:28:38 | More by madmanjf
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch of pine, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a nice thirst quenching beer on a hot day.

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06-05-2013 11:09:42 | More by tone77
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2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I recently found this in the singles section at Country Garden Six Pack here in Lancaster, PA and I was curious to try it despite the "Born On" date being a smeary mess that reveals nothing. Given its low scores, it may not matter. As always, I will try to be as fair as possible.

From the bottle: "Troutbrook Brewing Company"; "Crisp Hop Flavor"; "Our True American Pale Ale"; "Connecticut's Beer".

My pour netted me just over a finger of tawny head with poor retention, falling quicker than I could type. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had a pleasant grassiness, which was reasonable for the style. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not quite watery, but not much above it, either. The taste was of grassy hops, albeit muted. Finish was semi-dry with the malt negating the hops on the finish. It was not that it was bad, per se, but it was really lacking for the style. I have had MUCH better APAs and would steer others away from this punchless example.

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2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice cloudy light amber coloring with about a fingers worth of head dissipates to very minimal patches scattered across the top and around the rim.

S: Not very aromatic, but catching some bready biscuit malts with some grain and a floral hop scent.

T: Some of that biscuit malt right up front, leading right into a piney citrus hops flavor and bitterness. Not alot going on here just biscuit and hops bitterness with some citrus. kind of expected more.

M: Moderate carbonation works with the bitterness but left with a dry, almost puckered feeling on the tongue and roof of my mouth. Not a fan.

O: Was kind of expecting more with the APA style. Lacked on all fronts with exception to the appearance, however they even lacked a decent amount of head.

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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Born On: ... Ugh, there's a big smear across the digits. 2011... 0-something. 2-something. People say they want born-on dating, but half the time, it's entirely illegible. Ah well!

Appearance: Pours a hazed, filthy-looking, orangesque body with a tallish, whitish head.

Smell: Faintly sweet-scented bready pale malts with a thin, thin brushing of candied caramel with some inviting floral hints (maybe a bit of honeysuckle) and sliced sweet lemons.

Taste: Pale malts, some notions of sweetish caramel and a bit of breadiness. Floral, citrus hops with ample bitterness. Some near-resinous hints past the mid-palate. Drying, citrusy, well-carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a tad fizzy.

Overall: Simple but sufficient but not worth seeking out.

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New York

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful appearance, nice amber color with a finger of white foam on top. BORN ON 2001-06-01 printed on neck of bottle.

Based on the reviews here I thought I was really going to dislike this. Maybe they've reformulated it based on feedback. I'm a fan of Hooker and generally like their beers. This is not my favorite style of beer but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

There was a bitter hoppy flavor and aftertaste but not overly so. There was a sour note like I've read many picked up on but I didn't find it unpleasant. It tasted of lemon zest and even juice.

I'd recommend this if you like moderately hoppy beers. I don't think I do but perhaps my tastes are evolving.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps a bad bottle? Recently purchased, but would hate to think this is what the brewer intended.

Colour and head both decent, but sour notes in aroma are unpleasant & unexpected for this APA style. I would have guessed this was oak aged from the flavour profile, although see no indication of that on the bottle.

Complex malt taste with a hopped, bitter finish - but this bottle may well be "off". One of the first beers in years that I've openend and don't want to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:12:07 | More by hopsolutely
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2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A : pours a light gold color, thin, quickly thinning head. Lacing throughout the pint.

S : biscuit malt and a tart hop aroma. smells light on the hop side for a pale ale. there is a hint of citrus

T : Thin and watery with nearly no hop until the very end. The malt is easy going and actually quite pleasant but the lack of hop is disturbing. The date on the bottle says 10/23/10 so some hop flavor may have escaped.

M : the mouthfeel is nice and hearty. it isn't over or under carbed and it carries well throughout the tongue.

D : This beer is easier to drink than expected. I'd love more hop though.

I'm not sure if the hops just aren't there or if they were knocked out by age (only 2 1/2 months though?). I'll have to try it again sometime I guess. I'll seek out other options for this style.

Update : tried this beer again, this time only 2 weeks old. Even mote oily and just as little hop as before. Awful example of an apa. Maybe a poorly made English mild... But certainly no apa

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Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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