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Special Ale - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Special AleSpecial Ale

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 08-25-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable ale. More of an English Pale Ale than an APA, though, to my taste… which means I like it a lot. Aroma is a bit weak, but everything else is wonderfully done. Good balance, not over hopped. Good palate and good aftertaste.

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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.

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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.

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Special Ale from Lake Superior Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.