Appalachian Pale Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mattcrill:
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Aroma: Nice American hop citrus zest aromatics up front. Slight biscuit and caramel malt notes well knit with the hop aroma.
Appearance: Deep brick red pour with a sudsy white head. Head retention is fair.
Flavor: Follows aroma. Wow! Wonderful blend of an orange citrus zest punch followed by toasty biscuit malt notes. Balance is slightly towards the American hop flavors but the malt carries some weight and provides a nice counter point. Finish is crisp, clean, and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, and no warmth or creaminess. Slight carbonic bite which makes the hops snap.
Overall impression: Blurring the line between APA and American Amber. Regardless, it's delicious and hits the spot on this warm spring day.
Serving type: growler
04-01-2012 18:16:06 | More by mattcrill
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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
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