Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by silenius:
3.83/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-22-2004 03:42:45 | More by silenius
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3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
A: really nice dark amber body. head is wimpy though, bubbles too large, no retention.
S: floral hops, powdery resin
T: Clean malt, light hops, a tad watery. Slightly dry on the finish but really lacks a defined hop presence for an APA. while alcohol isnt high at 5.4% you'd expect it to come through considering the flavor of the beer is so subtle but its nowhere to be found.
M: too light, not enough carbonation
D: very drinkable in the sense that its so smooth, watery, and uncomplicated. not drinkable in the sense that its boring and why waste time with another.
01-22-2006 01:22:44 | More by kaimcm
4.08/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours from the bottle a dark dirty amber orange with a nice half inch of bubbly head on top. Quite dark for an APA but that doesn't stop it from looking nice in the glass. Tantalizing mix of thick pine sap/citric grapefruit hoppiness wafts up into my nose. Rich deep caramel swirles throughout. Delectable.
First sip brings a melding of crisp, sweet caramel maltiness with a nice piney, slightly citric hop background. A mellow bready, slightly buttery flavor rides in the background. Quite sweet overall with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. A nice APA overall.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a mellow carbonation that serves the brew well. I could see myself grabbing a sixer of this on a regular basis if I had access to it. An all around tasty brew.
06-30-2005 02:25:02 | More by orbitalr0x
1.93/5 rDev -42.7%
12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Contract brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Pours a bright coppery orange colored body with large carbonation bubbles. Touch of chill haze. Head is thick and slightly off-white with varying bubble sizes and snaps down to a creamy lace and a bit of stick.
Grainy tannin aroma, with a touch of metallic, buscuity malts and a soft, almost undetectable, floral hop bouquet. Doesnt set my senses up for much.
Smooth and even body. Non-descript malty base and feel on the palate. No sweetness. Buscuity character upfront. Hint of caramel as it warms. Quite hoppy at first, with a brief and semi-astringent sharp lemony citric snap, followed by a raw/coarse grassy bitterness with earthy and leafy notes. Soapy in spots. Husk tannins move in towards the end, leaving some very unpleasant lingers on the palate.
Tannins run amok and need to be cleaned-up, and the malt character offers nothing. Unbalanced, a bit messy and not very appealing.
07-27-2005 19:12:04 | More by Todd
2.8/5 rDev -16.9%
12 oz brown bottle with, contract brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY.
A- Excellent lacing, seems to stick everywhere. Shiny copper hue shows of it clarity.
S- Biscuity malt, faint citric hop ... all in all a mild aroma.
T- Big overtones of biscuity malt and the usual APA hop profile. Basic APA characteristics all over, the biscuity malt takes a dive with brash husky flavors. Finishes mildly astringent.
M- Very smooth mouthfeel with a modest crispness.
D- After one bottle I wanted to switch to something else, I'd love to try this beer straight from the brewery rather than a contract brewed bottle to see if there is any difference.
07-17-2005 21:57:25 | More by Jason
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating. Pours orangy amber, white head, leaves some light lacing. Nose is minimal, perhaps a bit of breadyness. This stuff didnt really do it for me. Its somewhat watery and characterless. Middle of the road APA. Needs an injection of hops to give it some character, as is, too bland and personalityless. just a faint touch of grainy hops and malt is subdued and minor. C'mon Hooker you can do better then this.
10-03-2004 01:53:47 | More by Billolick
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
pours amber with a one finger white head that dissolved quickly. poor lacing and clearity. smells of floral hops and a grainy, bread-like scent. holds up in mouth pretty well, good carbonation.taste the hops right off the bat, a good an bitter punch, but theres a lack of variety. a dry finish with a grainy feel at the end there. decent drinkability. **fairly balanced but a lack of complexity makes this a poor advertisment for the american ale.
05-21-2009 01:42:22 | More by bl400315
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
Good session bitter. Very nice head leaving lace down the glass. Subtle malt character, finishing quite bitter with the hops, lemony stringy quality. A solid ale all around, nothing exceptional, but an easy-drinking anytime beer with an appetizing finish. Hops make me think of pale ale but this has enough qualities of a bitter to make it a valid American interpretation of the style.
04-07-2002 18:09:15 | More by Thrasher
3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
Amber color with a big beige head with decent lacing. Just a teeny hop aroma. Flavor is hop bitterness plus some mild fruit and florals, and a lingering hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little watery. I expected this to have a smoother mouthfeel and to have a well-balanced hop and malt flavor, but these were lacking.
05-14-2003 04:04:19 | More by far333
3.13/5 rDev -7.1%
As a resident of Connecticut of course I would have to try this beer. Thomas Hooker, of course was the founder of Connecticut when the Bostonian peoples kicked him out due to his conflicting beliefs. Any who, this beer, the American Pale Ale, by Thomas Hooker is pretty decent. You should try it, get a taste of history while your at it.
01-15-2010 10:05:56 | More by StevenBilodeau
3.9/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours nice, 3/4" head,however quickly the head disapates. dark amber color, somewhat cloudy, some lacing.
Very crisp taste, definately worth a try. hops are definately prominent. Overall nice smooth mouthfeel, light to medium bodied. Something to drink a couple of bottles of to relax during the warmer months. this is probably the beer to compare all other APAs to.
10-20-2005 20:17:26 | More by stevemcqueenjr
3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
This pours a honey color with a creamy 2 finger head.The smell is hop filled and "bakery like".The taste is hoppy with some carmel aftertaste.This is really nothing special.The m/f is light and weak,but it's also unbalanced with the flavors mixing poorly.This is an easy to drink beer,and in the summer at a BBQ or after some hard work I can see having one,but this is really just an average beer.
12-18-2005 03:30:52 | More by jmz62565
3/5 rDev -11%
hazy copper color, frothy head lots of lacing, smells oakey and smokey. Almost reminds me of some english style pales which is why i dont understand why this is called american pale ale.
Medium bodied ale. Mostly smokey malt flavor, hops make a small cameo in the middle of each sip but are hidden by the ultimate smokiness..
drinks ok, can have a 6 pack, although it starts getting too sweet by the end.
07-15-2010 21:06:47 | More by Ezone024
3.33/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Pours a slightly gazed orangish amber color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with some citrusy hops.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with some caramel malts and a moderate bitterness from the citrusy hops in the finish. Not bad but the taste seemed to be watered down a bit.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is not a bad Pale Ale that I wouldn't mind having again. Worth a shot.
07-20-2009 03:22:43 | More by cjgator3
3.13/5 rDev -7.1%
Thanks to BeerRay for this one.
Appearance: It pours a darker, bronze color. Very clear and topped with an off-white, two finger head. Retention was good and light coat of lace lined the glass.
Smell: The nose really lacks punch and is disappointing. It predominantly smells malty and breadlike. There's a hint of hops in there, but it's not very strong. Perhaps some light citrus pineapple emerges. It needs some work here.
Taste: This is an interesting (though not necessarily stellar) pale ale. Caramel malts are the primary feature here. It has a sweet, very yeasty/biscuity flavor. There is a bit of hop bitterness in there, but it's really too little for an APA. The balance is off and it needs to be skewed a little more in the hop direction. Whatever citrus scents were present on the nose are clearly lost in the malty flavor here. It finishes sweet and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is pretty high, but it's not exactly crisp. Mouthfeel is merely okay, not quite good. Drinkability is pretty limited. I'm just not crazy about it.
This is a pretty average APA that needs a lot of work to command repeat visits. It's just too malty and sorely needs more hops and diversity. There's also way too many great APAs out there to choose from. I can't see myself revisiting this one.
09-05-2008 01:05:51 | More by prototypic
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
This could also pass as a hoppy amber for its relatively dark color. The hops here don't really come out until the aftertaste - then as a subtle, yet clear floral flavor. The main taste is a mix of citrus hops with sweet, light toffee grains. It's well balanced, but nothing really stands out. Basically I think it could just use a little more hopping. Still nothing I'd turn away, it's a fine beer.
05-30-2008 00:58:42 | More by tempest
3.75/5 rDev +11.3%
Sampled on tap @ the Bloomfield Brewery.
Poured a clear orange color, with a subtle citrusy hop armoa.
Taste is what youd expect from an APA, strong (but not overwhelming) citrusy hop flavors are at the forefront, with some faint malty sweetness lingering in the backgound. Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. Finishes refreshingly crisp and clean, makes you want to want to take another sip.
Nothing groundbreaking here, just a simple tasty APA ala Sierra Nevada.
09-06-2009 01:27:57 | More by ghebb
3.95/5 rDev +17.2%
Tawny-copper hue, clear, fairly lively animation, almost two fingers of off-white head, the bubbles are rather large and they seemed to be breathing! Good retention, it slowly collapsed at a leisurely pace; a cap remained throughout consumption. The appearance is typical of an APA. Plus it laced rather well. The nose is pleasantly hoppy, reasonable assertiveness, lemon rinds and pine needles. The maltiness is flat and underdone. Still it is an inviting bouquet. On the palate, upfront is sharp acidic hoppiness and a flash of pine, in the middle is a note of malt, I mean just a note. The finish is acidic and very refreshing! It is a strong closer. Clean. The hoppiness is flavorful but it only adds mild straight bitterness, especially compared to Sierra Nevada or Alpha King, etc. If the malt had more influence taste-wise this ale would be dynamite. Still it is damn delicious and very, very enjoyable to quaff. This would make a great everyday beer and I bet this would pair well with a fat, juicy hamburger with smoked Gouda cheese and caramelized onions. Medium in body, thinner than need be (add more malt, please!). The level of carbonation was ideal, natural on the tongue but prevalent enough to be cleansing. This is a quality little brew, thank you sulldaddy for including this offering, I really dig it.
12-16-2003 20:04:07 | More by bditty187
3.68/5 rDev +9.2%
Copper in color with an off-white head.
Aroma is fruity. Citrus and floral hop notes. Toffee malt as well.
Taste shows a toffee malt flavor with a slight burnt aspect. Fruity. Citrus hops. Nice bitterness level, although it lingers just a bit too much. This comes off as more of a typical English pale ale/bitter than an APA to me.
Overall, a solid pale ale.
08-06-2003 04:37:37 | More by PhantomVodoo
2.4/5 rDev -28.8%
Pours a rusty clear amber with a 1 finger head that slowly disappears, with little or no lacing. Somewhat unpleasant nose, as if this was too old, but the store said that they had just gotten the shipment that week. Taste is well balanced, with malt eventually winning the battle, but that same unpleasantness in the aroma works itself into the flavor profile. I've had 4 bottles from 2 different sixers befor I wrote this review, and all were the same, almost difficult to finish. The finish is sour and musty, leaving an unpleasant coating in my mouth. Maybe it's the contract brewing, because this is not characteristic of other Troutbrook beers that I've tried.
02-11-2005 02:34:05 | More by MarkD
2.85/5 rDev -15.4%
Appearance - Near opaque deep gold brown. Moderate soapy head.
Smell - Very fig-y sweet malt nose.
Taste - Malty, toasted, maple, mango, fig and other dried fruit. Very assertive hoppiness throughout (and too much in my opinion).
Moderate & Drinkability - Both are low due to overly aggressive hoppiness and overall thinness.
08-18-2008 05:17:19 | More by Chinon01
3/5 rDev -11%
A - Small, off-white head that was mostly gone after a few moments. Light amber color.
S - Floral smell of hops was predominent. Smelled like a cheap microbrew
T - Malt is nondescript. There is a predominent and lingering bitterness throughout the beer.
M - Light and lively body with lots of fizz.
D - Not bad. Not good, but not bad.
05-27-2009 12:56:03 | More by drcarver
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Hmmm...APA or IPA...Very nice color (dark copper) some lacing. Smell is nice floral hops with a slight malt undertone. Taste is citrus hops throughout with a great dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is dry, slightly astingent..cleanses the tongue very nicely. Nice on the drinkability scale..enough smoothness to invite another sip...just the right dryness.
06-03-2005 00:47:05 | More by edchicma
3.95/5 rDev +17.2%
Nice color and biscuity nose with a little floral hop in there. Good solid pale ale malt flavors up front and a very nice hop presence in the back. Hops do seem to hank around for a while as stated on the front of the six and do have a nice citrus flavor. I really am impressed with all TroutBrook brews lately.
11-24-2003 23:24:34 | More by OatmattStout
Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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