Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by alleykatking:
3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a semi-hazed golden orange mixed with deep amber red highlights. Two finger off-white head shows great retention. Nice thick streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.
S- Toasted grains and light caramel bready notes come out first in the nose with this beer. Hints of a spicey rye for a second catch my attention before a nice earthy bitter hop comes and ends all the malty sweetness to it. Plain and simple which I would expect for a beer with Amish in the name.
T- Caramel malts in the front fight with bitter hops to gain front control over the beer. The malts come through on this one. Hints of toasted grain and more light caramel bready malts in the middle of the beer. Floral hops make their way to the back along with a nice citrus hop presence. The alcohol is light and refreshing at best. Toasted grains also are on the backend.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bready malts, hints of grain, and bitter/floral hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, citrus hops, toasted grain. Flavors produced were good and blended well for the style. No off flavors were present at all in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.
O- This to me seemed like a above average drinker. Nothing really knockout about it but it drinks well and with the lower ABV you can drink a lot of it during the nice spring months. A good try from Lancaster for sure.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2011 18:07:08 | More by alleykatking
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2.71/5 rDev -24.3%
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 330 ratings.