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Special Ale - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 08-25-2002)
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying out some beers from local breweries that I haven't had before. Tasted 15 February 2014.

Pours a hazy medium amber. Half-finger of whitish head. Okay retention, good lacing.

Smell is grainy and faintly hoppy. Herbal, a little earthy, with a touch of pear in the background.

Taste is fine, innocuous. Slightly sweet, with woody dry dark amberish grains. Again a faint hoppiness, only a touch bitter. It's fine, easy drinking.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Prickly at first, then backs off, staying at solid mid-level.

This is tasty enough. There's not a whole lot to it, but it's easy to drink and as flavorful as it needs to be.

zeledonia, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Wet Golden Straw/Amber Red color with a slight haze to it. Not too much carbonation going on inside. The head around 1 finger with an agressive pour and is fairly foamy and stays around for a while. Lacing is pretty good here as well and pretty sticky

Smell - There's a mixture of yeasts, barley, floral hops, and buttery biscuits in the nose with a generally encompassing grassy scent. Nothing really stands out in terms of smell, but it's still got a pleasant, earthy and inoffensive scent regardless.

Taste - There's a mix of subtle floral hops, followed by barley and caramel. The grassy flavor is here, but it really doesn't get in the way of the flavor. The malts have a slight burnt sensation to them, but they really blend in more with the overall flavor as opposed to having a huge backbone.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is more intense than usual, which prevents this from being a smooth feeling, easy to drink beer. However, it does feel very crisp and fresh on the palette which I think is it's saving grace.

Overall - There's nothing really too "special" about this beer but there's nothing really terrible about it either. It's what you would expect out of an American Pale Ale, but there are better APAs out there.

NuclearDolphin, Jan 09, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a decent white head and good lacing.
Putting nose to the glass, I pick up soft, slightly sweet malt notes and a subtle, earthy hop presence. The taste is a very nice mixture of light malt character, tangy bitterness with some fruity notes added to the mix. It has a clean, dry finish.

Yeah, this one is worth searching out...

beergoot, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

therobot, Dec 30, 2011
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Special Ale from Lake Superior Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.