1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale - Sand Creek Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale AleLilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

47 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 11-07-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Clear amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malty and a little roasty, which is unexpected in a pale ale, but I like it. Flavor is never really sweet; it starts off bitter and gets more bitter. Biscuity malt with apricots at first, until a piney hop flavor enters in in the middle. Finishes bitter with flavorful hops. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. This beer is quite refreshing. A well crafted pale ale.

WoodBrew, Mar 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

LXIXME, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Moondoggy68
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%

Moondoggy68, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An opaque dark gold, this one forms a thick, creamy pure white head just short of a finger tall that stays and leaves some good lacing. Carbonation is active...an unfiltered pale ale? There are lots of little chunks floating around.
The aroma gives off some citrus on the sweeter end with a good malts backing against a bit of floral bitterness as well. It starts stronger than it finishes. There's a hint of a buttery note on the end.
It's difficult to describe the taste. Citrus, some herbal, leafy something, along with rind. The sweetness of the aroma fades out and malts are bready, but everything almost gets a little lost when a slight "brinyness," for lack of a better word, threatens the finish, but fortunately backs off.
The body is on the light side of medium with a crisp feel. Smoothness comes through evenly, even getting a little creamy. There's nothing wrong with the feel.

Brenden, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull amber sporting a tight crown of ivory.
Fragrant of sawdust, bread crusts, and dried spruce.
It initiates with a matte maltiness. Sort of a vague fruitcake notions. Mild sugars with indistinct cranberry, pear, and apricot notes. The breadiness is easily found, but it's mostly bland through the clean, yeasty middle. Hops hit with flashes of citrus pith, dried grass, and mixed peppercorns. The late hop spice is a saving grace. Otherwise this is entirely mundane.
Medium bodied with a frantic carbonation that makes this appear thinner.
Seemingly novice in many ways, but not a total wash, as it is quite drinkable and there are no glaring flaws.

cokes, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours an amber/orange color with a rather sizable creamy white head and fluffy lacing

smell: clean and malty, strong fresh pine aromas, toasty and grainy, a touch of sweetness

taste: very clean, heavy on the toasted malts...the hops are buried, piney and spicy at the core. slightly citric, a pepper spice touch

mouthfeel: spicy and dry finish, lots of carbonation, medium bodied

drinkability: pretty drinkable

dirtylou, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Princeton's for $1.70. This is a delicate beer, and frankly, light for the style. It might make a fine blond ale. The malt is soft and very bready, like a loaf of white italian, with a brown crust finish. The hops are even milder with a touch of pineapple juice over biting grapefruit. The website tells me there are 44 IBUs, but man this feels like 30 or so. This beer needs a richer character. The basics are good, but the taste is almost watery compared to most pale ales.

tempest, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of turntable1973
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

turntable1973, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of troyvar
3/5  rDev -8.8%

troyvar, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color, a two-finger off-white head floats gently on top leaving patchy, thick lace all over the glass.

S - Buttery diactyl and faded citrus hops seem like reflections of their former selves. Pale malt backing, but this beer doesn't really have much going on at all.

T - The hops pull through a bit more but it's still pretty low. Citric notes and mild spice barely covers the malty backbone but it's a large improvement over the aroma.

M - A touch on the bitter side and lightly dry, this pale has a medium-light body and crisp, refreshing finish.

O - A very standard pale ale, the nose is almost missing completely but the taste tries to make up for it. Maybe it's old, but it's got no bottle date and doesn't seem too far gone if it is. More hops to counteract the malt. Refreshing regardless.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

enelson, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -8.8%

matjack85, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +21.6%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Is it just me, or does "pulling boat" sound like a euphemism for something cruder? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises very light lemon peel, lightly-buttery biscuit, and some vague sense of what may or may not be grass or something similar. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the grass is a certified reality, carrying with it some blunt and meaningless bitterness that doesn't meld with anything. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a mediocre pale ale, one that tries to aspire to things that it just can't achieve.

TMoney2591, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My buddy got this in his first shipment for beers-of-the-month/world club, and decided to share. Poured a filtered golden color into an American pint glass, with an impressive two fingers of bright white head. The smell was a crisp pleasant mix of macintosh apple, pear, subtle citrus, grass, and floral hops. Wasn't expecting this to be a bitter/hoppy -tasting pale ale, but I respect the guys who buck the trend. Anyway, the taste confirmed the anticipated fruitiness, with an initial pear/apple/grassiness dissolving to maltiness and then finishing on a crisp dry apple note. Very dry, very refreshing. Thin bodied, but decent carb presence. Excellent session beer.

donniecuffs, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -8.8%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of slavall
3/5  rDev -8.8%

slavall, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Brunite
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at Woodman's for $ 4.99...a no-brainer to try at less than a buck a bottle when all the other beers from this brewed were priced in the 8-9.00 range.

A- Poured into pint glass. A pale straw yellow, decent frothy head, clings to glass decently.

S - Pretty much all mild malt. Very bready. Not much hoppiness.

T - Taste is a mild malt front, similar to the scent. A very "bread dough" flavor is noticed. Slight hop bitterness. Dry finish.

M - Light to medium. Decent balance.

D - Moderately drinkable. More than one or two and you might get a little tired pf the dry, bready, husky flavor....but fine for wetting your thirst. Certainly offers more than any macro. An average beer.

Update: 5/19

Last of these. Hmmmm. More bitterness than I recall. Pretty cat pissy/skunky. Meh. Lowered my score. Very bleh.

Brunite, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing. This beer looks alright. It might be a little too cloudy, but that doesn't detract much. The aroma is of a generic malty sweetness that seems to be found in a lot of lesser quality beers, and it is boring. There are also hints of flower and grapefruit. I'm not a fan of this aroma, but it isn't truly bad. The taste is like the aroma. It has the same generic maltiness, and only faint hints of hops. Again, like the aroma it isn't bad, but it isn't good either. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, and there isn't a whole lot more that it brings to me mind.

KarlHungus, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. Poured into a pint, the beer is a hazy bronze with a massive, thick and dense copper head. Incredible lacing. This one is a looker!

Citrus, malts and caramel apple nose.

The taste is nicely bitter with grapefruit, sweet malts and a bit of pine. About halfway through the beer a bit of metallic bite works its way in.

The mouth is smooth with low carbonation (perhaps it all went into the head..)

Nice session type pale ale. Enough complexity to keep you interested. If it the rest of the beer could live up to its killer looks, it would be world class!

Redrover, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a case on discount at Bell's...

Poured into pint glass, presents with nice pale straw with a hint of copper, decent frothy head, clings well to glass.

Smell is mild malt, with a bready overtone and a mild touch of hops.

Taste is a clean malt front, similar to the scent it has a bready doughy flavor, but it goes well, finishes clean and dry with the bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel is well done, perfect balance on the tongue and cheeks.

Quite drinkable, but the doughy bready flavors can be a bit much after a few.

mvanaskie13, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Clear amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is malty and a little roasty, which is unexpected in a pale ale, but I like it. Flavor is never really sweet; it starts off bitter and gets more bitter. Biscuity malt with apricots at first, until a piney hop flavor enters in in the middle. Finishes bitter with flavorful hops. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. This beer is quite refreshing. A well crafted pale ale.

beveragecaptain, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Gtg642
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gtg642, Oct 26, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.