Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by MadTown1000:
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a copper-amber with something of a red tint - interesting color for an APA. Not much head, and it dissipates quickly leaving just a white film on top. Smell is fairly weak, with some hops and a bit of faint sweetness. Not a lot of hops in the flavor. Instead, there's sweetness forward, and some definite complexity close behind. A bit floral, there seem to be different competing elements to the body. Maybe it's just power of suggestion from the "four grain" label, but it really does taste as if it were made from different malts. This is a good thing; it's interesting.
All told, a very smooth APA with some real substance to it. No killer hop bite here, and hard to imagine it would offend any palate. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2010 01:22:50 | More by MadTown1000
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2.71/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This is my second Lancaster Brewing beer I've had off the premises, and so far, I'm not a fan of their bottled product. The other was their Hop Hog IPA and between that one and this, I'm convinced that someone hid the hops over in Lancaster.
This pours an almost reddish amber with a substantial head that dissipates quickly. Both the aroma and the taste are far maltier than I'd expect in a pale ale, without so much as a hint of hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness. If this had been presented as a classic British ESB, I'd probably rate it much higher, but it's far too malt-forward to qualify as a Pale Ale in my book.
As for the rather unique 4-grain grain bill, it didn't seem to make much of an impact that I could detect. I generally expect rye to bring a bit of a rough edge, yet this was smooth as could be. And the wheat did nothing to crisp it up. I'd be really interested in knowing what the proportions of the various grains were.
Like I said, had I been in the mood for something sweeter, I might have enjoyed this much more than I did. But the utter absence of hop character made this a disappointment as a pale ale. I'm not surprised they decided to retire this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 20:06:29 | More by LCB_Hostage
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.