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Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker American Pale AleThomas Hooker American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

121 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

(view ratings)
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 105 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by silenius:
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silenius

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with an eggshell white big creamy head. Nice lacing.

I only detect some light citrus hops while taking a great deep sniff.

Taste is a nice hops snap with a substantial malt backbone. Leaves with a citrus rind drying.

Mouthfeel is substantial without being thick or syrupy. Carbonation is nicely fizzy without being prickly.

Highly drinkable everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 03:42:45 | More by silenius
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Maryland

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

06-28-2013 20:25:25 | More by 420Rick
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 11:09:42 | More by tone77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:50:57 | More by woodychandler
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PoppyParthenonE

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-04-2013 02:09:49 | More by PoppyParthenonE
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neil2me

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-03-2013 03:12:24 | More by neil2me
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South Carolina

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mdebonee

Connecticut

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05-31-2012 18:36:07 | More by mdebonee
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:27:51 | More by ChrisPratz
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

05-06-2012 14:26:48 | More by griffey123
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Georgia

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Connecticut

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Connecticut

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rab53

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-22-2011 18:07:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ghamel

Connecticut

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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 20:21:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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chefelf

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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

09-12-2011 22:05:14 | More by chefelf
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Thads324

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:44:18 | More by Thads324
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Brewed and Bottled in Bloomfield Ct.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange/yellow. Thin white head which does not last very long and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet and citric, with hearty malts and an altogether mild smell.

T/M: Crisp pale hops with a much more malty taste than I expected. Semi-smooth with a finish that is slightly dry and a little astringent. Hops be good though.

D: Nice brew. Hops are solid and the maltyness is tasty. Balance is a little off to me though. I'm happy I only got one bottle, not sure I would enjoy more than a few at a time.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:28:19 | More by mnrider
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Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.