W'07 Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9%
This is definitely NOT your typical pale ale.
Sort of a dark orange/amber or copper in the glass with a nice full finger head that melts to fine, sticky lacing.
I smell lots of pine and grapefruit in there.
Flavor doesn't disappoint. softly sweet amber malt finishes with pine oils, grapefruit peel and a little earthy grass or green. Almost a hint of smoke in the beginning of the taste.
Tingly sensation on the tongue from both fine carbonation and lots of fresh hops.
This is more like an ESB wanting to go IPA than a pale ale to me, but I find it very drinkable and love it no matter what it is.
03-03-2007 22:33:41 | More by IntriqKen
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
A 12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa, Zorro.
A: The ale has an amber color, more orange than brown, that has a general haze about it. A 2 finger head on pour quickly receded but left ample evidence of its existence.
S: The nose is reserved, showing off hints of the summit hops with a citrusy medicinal aroma. Having had the summit with Bison's single hop series, I am looking forward to tasting this.
T: Man oh man, this beer starts off with a blast. Thick citrusy summit hops are a real kick, full of citrus flavors. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange rinds accentuate the body. Some medicinal flavors come through as well, and the end result is a huge bitter body that beats the pants of most APAs. The hoppiness finishes long and clean, leaving citrus sweetness on the tongue long after the sip is gone. I came in expecting a middle-of-the-road beer and and practically speechless.
M: The bitter hops leave their floral characteristics long after a sip is gone. They never overpower the tastebuds but are far stronger than most APAs.
D: The hop profile is pleasing and the abv is reasonable, making this a serious contender for session status. A gerat brew from Widmer Bros.
12-16-2007 22:01:03 | More by akorsak
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured clear, amber-orange color into my Widmer pint glass. (Take the brewery tour, last time I did it they were giving away pint glasses with the free tastings at the end, sweet!) Rocky head dissipated quickly, leaving minimal lace.
The color surprised me, looking a lot darker than a "pale ale." The smell deviated some as well. Lemon citrus, with little malts. I did notice more malt sweetness wafting later on in the glass as the beer warmed.
The hops also dominated flavor, being mostly lemon citrus but getting a little grassy at the end. Fairly long-lasting on the palate. Sweet malts were discernible, turning biscuit-like toward the end with warmth. Mouthfeel to me felt fairly light in body, with low to medium carbonation.
I ended up not being blown away by the W '07. It was drinkable, but didn't beg me to be drank again.
07-06-2007 06:04:10 | More by josiahschlender
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a frothy, light khaki head with a darker-than-pale body, clear copper colored. Head dissipates quickly. Smell is very sweet and floral. This beer is singing the sweet tune of the hops, holy mackerel.
the taste. oh the taste. Lovely, completely noninvasive profile. Slightly sweet, medium-light bodied, front. Some roasted hazelnut, and blood orange flavors come out. The hops are all there in flavor and respectfully and subtle bitterness character only noticeable in a dry feel. Very nice
Mouthfeel is quite acceptable. Nothing adverse. This one of those beers that can really encourage the 'unenlightened'. Highly drinkable, very pleasant - glad this one comes in a 6-pack :)
03-24-2007 03:54:16 | More by geographie
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
A mildly chill hazed amber colored ale on the darker end of the spectrum I could almost call it a red ale but it is a bit more brown than red. Medium size off-white head that doesn't last all that long.
Smell is quite full of fresh hop aroma with a decidedly tropical bent. Pine, pineapple and mango are the strongest scents here. Moderate amount of sweet malt in the scent. The scent is a little more complex but the strength of the hop aroma obscures some of it.
The taste begins mildly sweet and full of fresh hop flavor and the taste is as tropical as the scent. Pine Pineapple and mango just like the scent. Quite spicy in the mouth this is a little different in that grapefruit really isn't a hop flavor here.
The mouthfeel is good.
Pretty damn taste and I DO intend to go and get some more of this before it sells out for this year. A hop bomb but no so extreme that only hopheads will enjoy it. Also a great beer featuring the Summit Hop and one that shows its strengths which are great and its weaknesses which are few.
09-22-2007 02:12:57 | More by Zorro
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
12 oz bottle. Dark copper/amber beer with a good sized frothy/foamy light tan coloured head. Great laceing as the beer goes down Qute a strong piney hop aroma to this one. Some malts but its mostly hop scents. Strongly bitter taste to begin with, almost on the borders of astringent, then some citirc accents ..i get lime for some reason.Malts are pretty weak on this pale ale. Mouthfeel is OK, nothing special. I found it actually begin to get on the watery side. Overall a nice beer, though could have done with more malt in it.
01-17-2007 19:55:39 | More by Reidrover
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
Appearance: copper, good clarity, thin layer of cream-colored suds that quickly dissipate
Aroma: luscious bouquet of caramelly malt, citrussy hops, and pineapple
Flavor: malty backbone with a quick-hitting grapefruity hop flavor followed by a smooth bitterness to dry it out, leaving hints of black pepper, leather, and (strangely) dill
Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, a touch minerally
Other comments: Being a bit hop-starved over here in England, it's always welcoming to try a brew from NW US. My wife brought this one back with her. It's good, but like most Widmer beers, it just doesn't have that "X-factor", that "spark" that some of the smaller breweries cultivate in their beers.
08-23-2007 17:11:22 | More by GreenCard
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
12 oz bottle.
A: Great color, deep coppery-reddish-brown. Off-white head that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles.
S: Holy lemon-lime Batman! Did I just pour a Sprite? Lots and lots of citrus.
T: Hits you first with the citrus, lemon rind, then some caramelly sweetness, then a bite of bitterness way in the back as it goes down.
M: Nicely full, feels eh...round.
D: Way drinkable. That bitterness at the end has to going for another slug before you can put the glass down. A very nice beer.
01-23-2007 01:57:35 | More by k3n
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
04/24/07- Received via BA member Talisker.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a 2007 release. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance- Golden-light amber colored pour. Virtually no head, maybe a slight semi-creamy ring forms. Ultra light lacing left behind.
Smell- Fruited hop notes of grapefruit and orange with a toasted malt background. About what you would expect.
Taste- In the first few sips, a pretty hefty floral and citrus hop barrage hits you. A good amount of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Semi sweet in flavor. As you drink on, more of the toasted malt becomes more noticable with a light bready note.
Mouthfeel- It is moderately carbonated, yet it seems just a bit watery aand thin at times.
Drinkability- Overall and average APA with pretty good flavor. Could be sessionable.
04-26-2007 17:21:49 | More by GClarkage
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
Pours clear light amber with almost no head and a thin rim of bubbles around the glass. Smells sweet and fruity with a little pine but also has a hint of funky almost baby diaper aroma. Mild malt flavor with sweet hops and a hint of the funk noticed in the smell. We actually tried 3 bottles to make sure we didn't have a slightly bad bottle, but I guess it could be a bad 6-pack. It is medium bodied with a relatively pleasant mouthfeel, but I will not be buying it again unless I am stranded and my options are this or bud.
05-24-2007 16:18:50 | More by walshclimb
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
I missed the '06 but the '07 is a good smooth pale.
A: Nice head formed while pouring and faded from four fingers thick to just a light layer in a matter of a minute or two. It was a good golden amber color through and through, and clear as the glass.
S: Real soft smell that translated into hops, citrus, and do I dare... a slight hint of good 'ol Chronic. Props to the Widmer bro's for throwing that in there for me.
M: Kind of a heavy feel on the tongue. Easy to swallow and had good even carbonation.
T: Again...Danks. Yum. Good all around flavor with notes of grapefruit, pine, and yes some hops. It had a nice flow and the bitterness of the hops stuck with it.
03-02-2007 21:25:02 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
12oz bottle from a six-pack bought at a Shell station in Post Falls, ID[!]. Poured into a standard pint glass.
A - A beautiful and remarkably deep auburn color, minimal head, but lacing sticks around for a while.
S - Nose is American hops all the way. Pine and especially citrus. Little or no malt.
T - Matches the smell. An exploration of piney hops with little or no malt to get in the way. Not what I expected from a Widmer beer (a pleasant surprise).
M - But it's one dimensional. After the excitement of the hops, there's not much later on. A little thin, if anything, and wanting for a bit of sweetness to highlight or leaven the hops.
D - Definitely bracing, with an exciting hoppy edge. A pleasure to return to the glass for another sip. Doesn't quite finish off, though.
I would be happy to encounter this one again. I would use this example (rather than a maltier, thicker IPA) to demonstrate the taste of hops to a newcomer.
02-03-2007 22:30:12 | More by Talisker
4.1/5 rDev +9%
This is a very nice example of APA.
Pours a beatiful clear dark amber/mahogany color, white head settles fairly quickly. Smells of citrus, pink grapefruit style. Taste is just the right amount of hop bitteness and flavor, with a decnt amount of malty sweetness and texture. Slightly skewed towards the hop side though. Mouthfeel is very smooth, not alot of aftertaste. Very drinkable, i might have to pick up some more of these.
05-17-2007 23:23:47 | More by BigJTrucker
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Thanks to Zorro for this one.
Pours a burnt orange color with a barely see through body. A white foamy, and rocky head sticks on top of this one for a good while. Good amount of lacing sticks around as well. Smell is of light citrus aroma like grapefruit. Sweet malty aroma at the very end. Taste is floral followed by a citrus tartness. Flat carbonation leads to a warming alcohol presence, and allows you to focus on the great flavor.
11-16-2007 02:34:47 | More by genog
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pours amber color, small white head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is very citrusy, slight malt background
T: Taste is also very citrusy. A little bit of malt/biscut flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, not too flat not too prickly
D: This is a very drinkable Pale ale, doesn't compare to the W 05 but this is very good as far as I'm concerned.
06-24-2007 04:16:40 | More by loren01
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Presentation: 12 oz longneck botle - Widmer W embossed on the bottle, label matches the previous W releases - looks like a form with brewers notes. Brewing date on the neck.
Appearance: Much more red than I expected from a pale ale. Nice medium sized head, good retention.
Smell: Grassy and citrusy hop aroma, a bit of malt sweetness. A bit of peppery smell in the finish.
Taste: A bit thin, but a nice balance of flavors. Nice amount of bitterness, enough malt to keep it very drinkable. Same peppery hops flavor.
Overall impression: Well balanced and drinkable.. just a bit thinner than I would have liked. Nice amount of hop flavors with enough malt to back it up. Not my favorite of the Widmer seasonal series, but a decent beer overall.
02-12-2007 23:55:14 | More by rowew
4.1/5 rDev +9%
"To rubber boots and boxers" under the cap. Hmmm...Ok...
Pours with a burnished copper penny auburn hue topped with a scattered thin ivory cap.
Bright nose that merits an IPA designation, despite the pale ale appelation. Cascade is guilty in this court with some other mystery hops that warrant a best guess of Crystal?
First swigs: Damn near into IPA territory here. Well balanced Cascade hop bright green melon front with a mild bitterness, easy malt backing. Floral palate of peach and a hint of grapefruit and bubblegum.
Feel is medium bodied. Crisp snappy bite. All the makings of an excellent session beer.
Last swigs: Melon and soft orange pale ale with a toasted bread malt backing. Thanks to IntriqKen for the bottle swap. As far as the hops goes, their website states: Bittering, Alchemy...Aroma, Alchemy & Summit...Dry hopped, Summit & Chinook
Ber is good. Happy bright pale ale beering.
03-04-2007 05:47:30 | More by blitheringidiot
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
I spotted a six-pack of the new W'07 offering from Widmer Brothers in a grocery store and had to try it. I poured this pale ale in to a pint tumbler.
Pours a deep copper color and is clear. A tight creamy off-white head forms, and is fairly resilient. Curtains of lace are left on the glass.
The smell is strong, sweet and fruity. There is an evergreen (pine or juniper) scent and some citurs aromas.
The taste is very good. Citrus (grapefruit) flavors, with a little sweet malt along side. There is a bit of a dairy flavor, like ice cream. There is a mildly bitter hop finish. Three different varieties of hops make for a complex and interesting taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet crisp and clean. There is a real smooth buttery feel to the beer.
This is a very drinkable beer, and would be good any time. It's good on a cold windy day in January, and I'm looking forward to it in warmer weather as well. A nice multi-dimensional pale ale.
01-08-2007 00:22:23 | More by RJLarse
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
Nice hoppy pine aroma at pour, sweet and malty while still bitter with a citrus aftertaste. Amber color with white head that falls away to leave no resting head.
Easy to drink, tasty and leaves a clean taste in your mouth. Another interesting beer from Widmer. While not my favorite Widmer, it's one of the better bottled offerings and is a pretty decent beer.
02-21-2007 04:53:04 | More by Dubbercody
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours an attractive reddish brown with a nice off-white head that produced good lacing. Nose is a nice citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean, and favor is caramel, citrus, and nice bitterness. Good nicely bitter finish. Very nice to drink, and overall an excellent American Pale Ale.
05-14-2007 19:19:17 | More by rkuhnel
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance is amber with a thin head that dissapates quickly. Smell is hoppy, not knowing any better I'd think it's an IPA, and a hint of citrus. Taste of grapefruit and hops with little malt leaving it thin with a light to medium mouthfeel. I would consider this to be an IPA light.
06-08-2007 03:04:17 | More by Bookseeb
W'07 Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.