Silent Treatment Pale Ale - No-Li Brewhouse

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Silent Treatment Pale AleSilent Treatment Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woemad on 09-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

If a tall pine falls in the Palouse and no one is there to hear it… Quietly brewed since 1993 and renamed in 2012 after another brewery gave us the silent treatment over a trademark issue with “Northern Lights,” this Spokane-style Pale lets its generous malt base and imposing use of Cluster and Cascade hops do the talking… No-Lie.
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam really digging this brewery from the Palouse.Poured into an imperial pint glass orange infused lighter golden with a nice looking one finger craterous white headthat left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled rather slowly.Aromas constist of biscuit malt and leafy hops,a little light but pretty fresh.This beer won't hammer you over the head with hops but damn it has alot of really nice subtle hop complexity,plums and mint,along with leafiness over top of a sweetish caramel/biscuit base,there is a nice crispness in the finish.This is a damn fine APA,take the time to taste it and you'll be impressed with it.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date

LOOK: Clear golden straw hue, good display of lacing

SMELL: Spicy, biscuity, blood oranges, stone fruit, tobacco, parsley

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate sized body, slight crispness, mineral, earthy hop, citric rind, leafy, blonde tobacco, bitter resin, white peaches, very floral, dried grass, green peppercorns, very dry hoppy finish

Not your usual APA, a glimpse of what was perhaps the norm within the much smaller craft beer world with the simple use of Cluster hops ... if you remember that hop then you know what I am talking about. Yes, Cascade hops are very present but Cluster is a completely different world from what breweries are playing with today.

Photo of Prospero
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a good two to three fingers of white foamy head. The aroma is fairly fresh and piney maybe a little citrus with the hops and malts about even and in balance, I didn't think it was overly hopped, unless you think Dale's Pale is overly hopped. Taste is a bit of biscuit and cascade hops are very apparent in the aroma but mild in bittering. Some astringency in the mouthfeel. Nothing really stands out here.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the NOC in Nantahala, NC.
Lightly hazy apricot color with a proportionate size head. The head has moderate duration.
A: Pleasant, fruity aroma.
Flavor: somewhat distinctive, with more fruit than usual. Very good balance.
O: Solid APA choice: Enjoyed and recommended.

Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear burnished copper with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Grapefruit notes along with dry pine aromas dominate with some underlying notes of sweeter citrus and caramel malts.

T: Grapefruit, citrus rind, and dry pine flavors dominate here in an earthy, dry, and only lightly bitter flavor.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty light and drinkable for something that is fairly hoppy.

O: A solid pale ale overall that is easy to drink and enjoy, though it lacks some of the hop pungency that I like in my hoppy beers.

Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a good sized off white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is bready and some pine. Taste is quite bitter and yeasty. Astringent mouthfeel. Hops seemed to be overly bitter with the malts component too little. After doing a side by side with another well regarded Pale Ale the bitterness was less pronounced. Not a bad Pale but some off putting yeast components or brewing byproducts kept this off the top ten list.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A three finger off white and fluffy head hits the glass, holding on with lots of staying power. That head sits on a classic deep and clear amber body, but there is lots of fast rising cola like carbonation coming up. Not much of it sticking to the sides of the glass though.

A real light toasty airy malt emanates on first smell. A good light biscuity sense, and mild hop presence, and light tangerine citrus sweetness hiding. Pretty solid if subdued.

Real good biscuity mouthfeel and palate forward. Mid palate gives real nice wonderful toasty aromas, crackling and almost crackery with a dry presences. The sweetness comes next in the back on the swallow and there's a very noticeable hop action, but it plays second fiddle to this sweet malt profile. Almost chewy, but giving to a dry sense and airy malt, with a faint hint of orange sensing citrus hop action.

A real good solid pale ale, with a decent noticeable hop profile that doesn't overwhelm. Delicious!

Photo of TiMX
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just have to say I love this beer. This is the first Northern Lights beer I have had and It is great.

I think it could be a bit less cloudy. But the hops really come through in the smell.

The taste is a bit more hoppy than I would have guessed. But being from eastern Washington it should be a bit more hoppy. ( right? ) It is very fresh and light. This is a great beer for a hot day.

I think the mouth feel is right on for a lighter beer like this one.

Drinkability? I wish I had bought more than one that is for sure!!

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some peach + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of some light aromas of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts with just the lightest hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate to strong flavors of earthy, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit hops that impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth bordering on creamy.

O: I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and one that I would definitely grab again. Easy to drink and almost sessionable.

Photo of marcellaproust
4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down, the best pale I've had on tap. Very hard to describe the perfect beer across genres: balanced without being modest, backstage, supporting actor. Medium bodied but still light on the uptake. Malt is upfront and hop bite behind: the first is plain biscuit, the last extra special bitter but no more. Tasted like someone really cared and adored the making. I love this beer.

Photo of ssteakley
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Silent is a appropriate name, the smell is barely audible, taste has is almost Silent. Could be good for a really Hot Dry Texas day, if you like it dry and crisp on the end this one is for you. Silence is Golden to some but for now I will pass on this one.

Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a standard pint glass. It was clear copper with an off-white head.

The nose was fresh and was bursting with cascade hops and a nice biscuit smell.

The taste was not quite as good as the smell. It was pleasantly bitter with slight piney taste. It may be a smidgen out of balance, as the malts seemed to go MIA at times.

Nice low levels of carbonation, but the mouth could be a bit creamier. Still a mildly sessionable ale.

Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a pale copper color w/ a sudsy bright white head, good sticky lacing.

Aroma is floral and bready. Clean pale malt and NW hops.

Taste is dry and biscuity, crisp and hoppy. Some light citrus notes. Drinkable, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, with a crisp hoppy finish.

Overall a good, sessionable pale ale. A little boring, but comfortable.

Photo of Donkster46
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious pale ale, brewed in Spokane!

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and warm toned hoppy beer. Appealing classic amber color in the snifter. Plenty of suds and lacing.

The fruity flavors are quite pleasant. Some kind of mix of hops and malt, and well balanced. A hint of orange peel, but not the highly bitter notes. Slightly tart with hints of caramel. Grainy flavors. Quite nicely hopped without the overdose. Modestly bitter aftertaste.

Thoroughly drinkable. It's hard to call this anything special, but it does a good job of providing a rich, hoppy mouthful. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a bit of haze and tons of effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with decent-enough retention. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet aroma with a lightly citrusy hop presence. The hops are almost lemony, the citrus is so delicate. Not too bad, although a bit on the sweet side for my taste.

Taste: like the aroma, but the sweetness of the malt is balanced better by the oily hoppiness. Delicate lemony citrus is the flavor here as well; it's actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Verging on nicely creamy, this beer didn't quite get there.

Overall: a decent pale ale and quite drinkable. I would probably be able to down lots of this on a hot day.

Photo of tbeck
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a creamy one finger white head. Aroma is excellent some malt and a lot of pine, good hoppy smell. Taste was malt and some sweetness and a lot of hops. Very well balanced and not a lot of bitterness, although there was a slight wheaty aftertaste. Texture was watery and thin but light and crisp on the tongue. Excellent flavor, very enjoyable and highly recommended as a session beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny dots of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, earth, and tea aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting tea aromas and flavors that work well with the citrus forward hops.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GJ40
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville.

A - Golden and very clear with a big white head of large bubbles.

S - Citrusy, piney and slightly grassy hops.

T - Starts with pine and a mild sweetness. A nice hop bitterness picks up midway and lasts after the finish. Enough toasted malt to prop up the hops but the hops definitely run the show.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency. Maybe a little light.

O - A very drinkable pale ale but there's a sweetness that I didn't need.

Photo of loren01
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Had this in a bomber I brought back from a trip to Washington. Pours an orangish color with very good sized foamy white head. Good lacing down the glass
S: This was kind of interesting, not sure if it was just me but the smell kind of came and went as I was drinking it. Not too overpowering. Smells of biscut, with citrusy hop scent
T: Malt is overpowered by very bitter hoppiness. Malt kind of comes and goes as well.
M: Slightly dry finish, medium bodied beer
D: Could have a little more maltiness to it, malt is most of the time drounded out by bitter hoppiness.

Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears deep gold in color with nice carbonation bubbles that produce a thick, rich, creamy white head. Excellent floral and citrus hop aroma with touches of cracker and biscuit from the malt grains. Light grain flavors strongly overlapped with a zesty hop bitterness that pops up quickly and lingers well into the finish. Medium bodied; clean and dry finish.

This APA can be slightly deceptive in the taste department. The very first bit of each sip seems almost thin yet the subtle depth and complexity of the grains and hops quickly eliminate any hint of flavor weakness. Hop bitterness is the strong flavor component yet the mild graininess keeps the bitterness from overwhelming things. A well-brewed malted beverage offering...

Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an odd brew. It pours a hazy orange with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates, yet leaves behind a tiny layer of foam at the top. There is a strong hop presence in the scent. One gets notes of citrus fruits and juniper.
The taste is dominated by hops. My brother, who hates IPAs and big hoppyness in general (yet loves Sierra Nevada's Pale - go figure) thought this was an IPA due to the level of hoppines. While I think its quite hoppy for something labeled as just a Pale Ale, the citrusy zing of an IPA would last longer than it does with this beer. Perhaps this could be called an "IPA Lite." While this beer's style stradling makes me scratch my head, it is refreshing. I am grading it down a little due to the fact that it just doesn't seem like a true Pale Ale. My bottle was a bomber purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane. It is also on tap at Mootsy's (a local bar) and at Northern Light's brewpub, located on Trent Avenue.

Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Northern Lights Pale Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A rich foamy white head forms, and is extremely resilient.

The smell is fairly weak but it has a hop aroma, and a bit of a fruity smell.

The taste is well balance between hops and malt, with a little citrus (grapefruit) flavor on the side.

The mouth feel is clean crisp and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It’s light and refreshing with a nice flavor. I would definitely have Northern Lights Pale Ale again. I’ll probably visit the brew pub soon as well.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Silent Treatment Pale Ale poured into the pint glass and looked a lovely amber with a good soft pillow two finger foam head. It had good sticky lacing that held to the side of the glass. It was unfiltered had some protein floating around like a Belgian.

The aroma was light and floral. The taste was smooth and resembled more of an ESB rather than a pale ale. The mouthfeel was gentle and didn't leave much of a mark. Nice for a ale but still reminded me more of the ESB again. Overall not a bad a beer but styled wrong.

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pleasant coppery-gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and good lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral and balanced at first, but after a moment a nice piney hop scent became apparent. The beer was mostly balanced with a gentle malt base scent. The taste was, for the most part, the same, with the biggest difference being a bit of a citrusy/grapefruit bite at the back of the tongue.

The body was nicely medium, pretty typical for the style, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was good enough, my pint went quickly, and there was just a bit of the grapefruit lingering aftertaste. Overall, a solid, unremarkable example of the style. It might be a everyday fridge brew if it were local to you, but probably not worth a lot of effort to obtain. Worth a shot if you see it though.

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Silent Treatment Pale Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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