Appalachian Pale Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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3.76/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aah, the always classic, always crisp, always clean taste of American Pale Ale is in good hands with Smoky Mountain Brewery!
The ale opens with the expected copper-amber hue and backed with brilliant clarity. A mid-statured head caps the ale with a slightly off-white froth. Receding to a thin sheet to skim the glass, the head holds firm and laces the glass with broken rings and patterns of lace. This is a handsome but not obnoxious looking beer!
Lead with grapefruit, grass, stems, and pine needles- the aromas are hop-forward, yet ever so slightly. A supporting backbone of malt reveal caramel, crust and a hint of spicy ginger to nearly balance the scent.
Leading into taste, the early palate is crisp and clean with a straight-forward caramel taste but with little of the associated sweetness. The middle palate opens the hoppy complements of citrus peels (particularly grapefruit), fresh-cut grass, and soft sappy pine. Its finish of spicy hop bitterness is mildly stemmy, leafy, and filled with the resins of Pacific Northwest hops. Crisp and clean- this ale is as refreshing as it is characterful.
Medium bodied throughout, the beer's malty body carries embedded carbonation for a creamy upstart. But the dissipation of carbonation and sweetness leaves a super clean, dry, and refreshingly crisp mouthfeel to finish. Mild alcohol warmth only adds to the spicy character and reinforces dryness in a short-lived linger.
Simply put- this is the quintessential taste of the classic American Pale Ale through and through.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 06:09:14 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This was a prototypical American Pale Ale. It is the hoppiest beer in the house, but really reminds me of a Sierra Nevada Pale. I would suggest this beer at this location for any hopheads, but it is not overly hoppy by any means. This brewery seems more of a tourist location than a true craft brewer, but it is worth a stop if you are in Gatlinburg.
Serving type: on-tap
06-11-2013 18:39:45 | More by jjs581
Appalachian Pale Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.