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

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Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale AleLilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

47 Ratings
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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)
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3.84/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

enelson, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

slavall, Jul 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

matjack85, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

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 SerialHiker
1.34/5  rDev -59.3%

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color…Fairly transparent, there is some bubble action going on in the middle…thin layer of head formed, but didn’t stick around…looks rather watery…(2.75/5)

Smell: Huge bitter aroma as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle…bitter, like skunky bitter…very bitter smell, like a Old Milwaukee or something…not something I’m used to or would generally accept as appetizing…there is some faint citrus notes, but overall, I can’t get passed how skunked this smells…I’m hoping that’s just the case here and this isn’t their normal product…(0/5)

Taste: Skunky bready malts and crazy bitter citrus hops…(0/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation…the best part of the beer…(3/5)

Overall: I never thought I’d actually have a “get the spoon I need to scrap my tongue” rating, but this is it…maybe it’s old and skunked and the store shoulda I poured it, wrote this review and subsequently poured it out for another, I’m not even sure how they classify this as an “American” pale ale…I’m not gonna sit around and watch football and drink this…if you see this on the shelf, do others a favor and “accidently” throw it on the ground…gross! (0/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gtg642, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%

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 WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +21%

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
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

troyvar, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

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
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Poured into nonic pint...

A: pours pale golden with a huge white frothy head that leaves thick globs of lacing

S: a spicy, grassy, lemon peel and saltine cracker aroma

T: has a honeyed cracker malt upfront that is quickly overshadowed by a blast of spicy, grassy, lemon peel hops, finishing with the same crackery malt, minus the honey sweetness, and ridiculousyly bitter finish. Very unbalanced and the hop flavors themselves are not that hot.

M: a medium body with a fizzy carbonation, astringent and dry finish

Overall, this beer is overly hoppy. Or is it lacking malt? either way it lacks balance, which I have encountered with other lilja's brews. I think I've sampled enough of this brewery to konw to stay away. Glad I only bought one 12 oz bottle of this one.

OlRasputin989, Sep 02, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Visual: Wow… It looks like someone back-washed into my cup! I have never seen this many protein floaters. The head was a three finger frothy uneven head. I’ve never seen either of these in a beer before… not sure what to make of it.

Aroma: Toasted bready smell. I also pick up some metallic odor, which isn’t strong enough to be off-putting, but is inappropriate.

Taste: Malty front that fades as a rather potent bitter note wells up. I was actually afraid it was going to get more bitter than I can enjoy… but then rather quickly it fades off. There is definitely a bit of breadiness to the taste as well. There is some other taste here, that’s good but I can’t place my finger on it… Piney maybe?

Mouth Feel: A bit too fizzy in my opinion. Proper wetness though.

Drink-ability: I know many like Wheat beers in the summer. I just don’t care for them, but something about the cool cuttingly crisp flavor of this makes me think it would be great after mowing the yard. That said, I am left wondering if the wetness of the mouthfeel and the bitter finish would cause too much palate fatigue to drink more than 1 or 2 of these.

Impressions: Visually interesting, tastes pretty good really. Smell is fading to more and more of a metallic odor. And yet, my final opinion is that it is decent. It isn’t taking over the spot of my 4 or 5 favorite Pale Ales, but isn’t bad either.

Zaradog, Jun 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle. Code on bottom of bottle, but I don't know what it means.

Pours a completely hazed lite golden-yellow. A white head leaves absolute growth-rings around the glass, bumping up the appearance a point or two. Smell is husky and mildly sugary and hoppy. I taste some detritus yeast, and citrusy, almost sour hops. The malts are very "farmish", kinda corny almost, like an "adjunct" pale ale. Do I sense some residual sugars? Finishes sorta tart and bitter, feel is carbonated. I'm glad I tried this one, but I probably would imbibe something else, given the opportunity.

sixerofelixir, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

Another from the Lilja's four. Not thrilled with this one. My notes:

Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale, An American Pale Ale. SVEA. (What's that mean?)

Clouded, pale amber coloration, adequate, 1/2 " rocky, white head.

Aroma: Fairly faint. A little skunked, oddly enough. Lemony. Eh...

Taste: Fairly smooth and somewhat creamy, nice, lightly hoppy. Zesty, citric fruit, nicely hoppy, but, a bit blase. Yeah, drinkable, hoppy enough, but nothing to talk about. Huh. Hmmm. Hyeah.

Sorry, nothing to see, or say, here.

feloniousmonk, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Brunite
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%

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
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Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.