Appalachian Pale Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TechTriumph:
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From notes on 06/07/12:
Poured in a tulip.
A - Pours one inch of off-white creamy head with moderate retention; Clear appearance and amber in color with a good bit of visible carbonation; Decent amount of lacing left behind
S - Pretty good balance here; Grassy and grapefruit hops - some smells have one stronger than the other; Caramel and biscuity malts with a light toasty presence
T - Get less grapefruit here and still some grassy hops, though the mild bitterness is the strongest showing of hops here; Biscuity malts with light caramel and a stronger showing of toasty malt flavors compared to the aroma
M - Not quite medium bodied; Moderate carbonation; Fairly smooth going down
O - This APA was my first of several brews from Smoky Mountain Brewery while vacationing in Gatlinburg, and I think this one was probably the one I enjoyed most. It's just an all-around solid, easy-drinking brew that I could have had more of while relaxing on the cabin deck overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2012 14:57:57 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
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.