Explicit APA
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
American Pale Ale
3.34 | pDev: 9.88%
Mar 24, 2014
Aug 01, 2009
American Pale Ale is not only the standard but the foundry for what has inspired the craft beer movement. Here at Charleville we wanted to celebrate the beer style that stands as the corner stone for what has made American craft brewing so great. Our Explicit APA is brewed with five additions of hops prior to the wort passing through the Hopback on its way to fermentation. To complete this full bodied ale dry hops are added during cold maturation to create a hop forward ale, with a transcendental copper hue.
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Rated: 3 by Tafyob41 from Missouri

Mar 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by EvanWilliams from Illinois

Jan 18, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jharris0624 from Missouri

Sep 22, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Goosehunter75 from Missouri

Sep 06, 2013
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights and a small, off-white head of foam. Malty aroma with caramel and pine. Malty, roasty with a subtle bitterness.
Aug 29, 2013
Rated: 3 by IpeeA from Missouri

Aug 11, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Eaglefan344 from Missouri

Jul 27, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by moarmare from Missouri

Jul 24, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by BrewBoyR from Missouri

Jul 20, 2013
Rated: 3 by beerist from Missouri

Jul 20, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

Jul 16, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

Jan 23, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by birchstick from Colorado

Aug 12, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by rudy0908 from Missouri

Jul 27, 2012
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Deep saturated sunset orange hue, good clarity, lots of visible carbonation. A thin layer of bubbly foam quickly recedes to a thin cirrus skim across the surface.

Bready pale malt and a vaguely floral hop scent comprise the aroma.

Medium bodied, coarse flavor of bitter aspirin and milled grains. Some light honey sweetness, and biscuit flavors, but the off kilter bitterness kills it a bit. The bomber is fairly drinkable. Not something i'd revisit personally. Charleville is 0-2 so far...
Nov 01, 2011
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Appearance: A big pop on the opening and a ton of foam on the pour; ultimately looks fairly good, with a rocky head capping the amber liquid and leaving clumps of foam

Smell: Can't fault the aroma, with a nice balsa wood and citrus hop character prominent along with some grainy elements underneath

Taste: Oh my, the grainy malts give way to balsa wood and aspirin flavors with a phenolic edge growing in the aftertaste; rather salty and astringent

Mouthfeel: So overcarbonated that it is difficult to discern the taste; I'm guessing the body is medium

Overall: The Oatmeal Stout was too flabby and the APA was too spritzy; I have one more Charleville beer and I do hope it is just right as the brewery seems to have some quality control issues
Oct 01, 2011
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Edit 10-14-13, accidently bought another bottle, bumped scores for appearance, taste & overall a little, still a dissapointment

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. The crazy rockyness of the head makes me think infection. Murks up as this bottle drains

S: Slight grassy & bready notes, some grainyness as well

T: Follows the nose, slight honey malt noted as well up front, plus a touch of aspirin/woody hops. Grassy hops & annoying astrigency mar this beer as it warms, along with a hint of pears & infection twang. I'm getting the centennial hops, but the cascades seem AWOL, I suspect freshness could be an issue, but not a date to be spotted anywhere on the bottle. Finishes with pear & apricot fruittyness, some woody hp bitterness along with some dryness & aspirin

MF: Light/medium bodied, under-stated carbonation & alright balance

Drinks easy to a point, but too many flaws for me to ever buy again unless a freshness date is there
Aug 19, 2011
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Reviewed by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Orange in color and mostly clear. Not a lot of head or lacing.

Smells of fruits and bready malts, toast, little bit spicy, with a touch of hops.

Taste is malt forward although not overpoweringly so. Fruitiness follows, along with a touch of peppery hops.

Feel is not bad, pretty light and moderately sweet, but has a slightly musty aftertaste.

Overall it's not a bad brew at all, but I like some of Charleville's other brews better than this one.
Jul 27, 2011
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from Finland

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Hazed golden color, solid head retention. Medium bodied with a slight slickness on the tongue. Perfumey, citric, fruity and floral hop nose--the dry-hopping seems to have made an impact here. A whole lot of hops up front with a thick layer of herbal and floral cone flavor that sticks to the palate from start to finish. Some caramel and doughy biscuit from the malt co-mingles with a faint fruitiness. Finishes with a slightly bitter, salty and yeasty character.

While we can applaud the hops and where they are going here, the malt and yeast just don't seem to mesh together all too well. Decent within this well-known beer style even though the hops try and break away on their own.
Jan 03, 2011
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours out a very lightly hazed, yellow-gold body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Fragrances of malts with some candied aspects to it and the citrusy hops combine to give an impression of candied lemon peels. Also some modest floral and grassy scents.

Taste: Rather light-handed malt character, with meager touches of biscuits and lightly candyish crystal malt. This allows the hop character to fully come through, with tastes of lemon peel (pith included) and lessened accents of florals and grassiness. Medium bitterness along with a very minor astringency. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. I'm not ready to point my finger and shout "watery", but it is a bit deficient in the body category.

Drinkability: At best, it's basic and an acceptable APA, but lacks the finesse and beguiling complexities of the finer examples of the style.
May 18, 2010
Explicit APA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 27 ratings