1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Clear brassy orange with sunshine gold highlights. Several energetic streams of bubbles hurry up to a nice looking head of pale orange-tinted beige that displays most of the cap characteristics that I look for. It's lumpily rocky as it deflates, though I'm somewhat suprised to see no more than a few shreds of lace in its wake.

The aroma is more English Pale Ale or even Vienna Lager than it is APA. My nose is greeted by generously toasted malt mingled with earthy hops. It could be the use of non-citric hops that I'm reacting to, but the hop load isn't nearly as high as it should be. It isn't a bad nose, it's just that it isn't to-style; at least as I define this particular style.

Better on the palate, although not surpassingly so. There's still a solid, English pale ale-like, toasted crackeriness that holds down the bottom end. There are some pleasant hoppy top notes that I didn't expect after assessing the nose. The hop flavor is somewhat citric, but is herbal-earthy for the most part and makes me think that East Kent Goldings are the dominant, if not the sole, variety.

It should be obvious by the previous paragraph that I consider this beer to be a dead ringer for the English Pale Ale style. It's extremely well-balanced and is sessionable as a result. No chance of palate fatigue here. Sweet and bitter balance one another as well and their cooperative effort on the longish finish may be the best part of the entire flavor arc.

I don't have a lot to say about the body. It's solid for the style and is full enough to allow the beer to sit on the taste buds long enough for the drinker to enjoy the fruit of the brewer's labors. Even though the mouthfeel it isn't a standout, it is perfectly calibrated to the beer as a whole.

Lilja's Pulling Boat Pale Ale is a more than respectable English Pale Ale from a little known brewery (at least to me) in West Central Wisconsin. All of the oars are pulling in the same direction and make for an enjoyable little beer that was a pleasure to drink. I look forward to seeing what else Sand Creek has to offer.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 21, 2006
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 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 tempest
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -8.8%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

LXIXME, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

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 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
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
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 enelson
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

enelson, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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 KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%

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 Pencible
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

This poured a muddy straw color with pale yellow head. It had a pretty earthy smell of wheat, pine hops, and a bit of malt. It tasted like burnt honey, mellow pine and lemon hops, and slight malt for balance. It had a slight thickness with some carbonation, and a slightly dirty bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't bad, but it could have been cleaner, and it didn't have anything unique about it.

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -8.8%

matjack85, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

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 schoolboy
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

Hmmm. This was one of those odd brews where the more you drank the less you wanted to. It's an odd pale yellow with a good head that smells bad. The taste matches, with a soapy, metallic eeuck.

I'm not sure what the aim was on this one or if I just got a really bogus bottle, but I hope that I won't be giving this a second chance. I wonder if anybody will notice me pouring this on the flowers.

schoolboy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of aforbes10
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

Drank just a single bottle after a long hike in Gov. Dodge State Park (WI). Kind of a skunky odor, with metallic hops on the tail-end of the nose. Taste is refreshing, but what wouldn't be after a long hike? Hoppy, metallic, crisp malts. Nothing special but not entirely bad. Drinkable on a hot day like that one.

aforbes10, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

OKCNittany, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

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 Tballz420
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Kind of a muted caramel candy color, very hazy. Small-to-non-existant white head. Sweet malt nose with some piney hop tones as well. Light caramel malt front, light floral/pine hop finish. Lemon peel. Kinda has a peppery spiciness to it as well. Thin bodied, kind of dry. Eh

Tballz420, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a slightly hazy mild gold with a nice rising head and a bit of lacing.
Smells is bitter and hoppy. Lots of grass and some wheat. There's a bit of citrus but not what I'd expect from an APA.
The taste matches the smell. A lingering hay note, somewhat dry with just a bit of malt in the finish.
Feels a bit thin, slightly watery with a fine carbonation.
Easy enough to drink. I'd like one on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

kirok1999, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
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 beveragecaptain
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%

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
« 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.