Standing Wave Pale Ale | Kannah Creek Brewing Company

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Standing Wave Pale AleStanding Wave Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Kannah Creek Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was born 20 years ago in Jimbo's backyard. Hop forward, with a malty complexity, it won medals in home brew competitions in the 90's and has risen to international recognition and acclaim.

Rich amber in color with a distinctive hoppy characteristic, our Standing Wave Pale Ale is brewed in a traditional English style with Crystal malts and a select variety of American hops. Its complex malty flavor, crisp hop balance and inviting aroma make sipping this ale a real pleasure for the senses.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2005

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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kannah Creek Brewery Standing Wave Pale Ale: Some friends my wife and I were visiting in Grand Junction, Colorado took us to the local brewpub, Kannah Creek. I am not one to review beers at brewpubs, as my focus is usually the company and the food, which distracts one from a mindful assessment of the beer at hand. But at Kannah Creek the Standing Wave Pale Ale was fantastic, so merits a mention here. Golden in body, with a nice head that laces the glass, the Standing Wave Pale Ale has a presence in the aroma department. Flavor fits my idea of a Pale Ale like a glove: delicate hoppy notes on top a smooth structured malt base. Really a joy to enjoy! If in Grand Junction, check out Kannah Creek.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bolder pale ale, bigger than average in terms of body and density, but still rather drinkable to the more generous consumers among us. the pour is a mostly clear faded brassy color with a few inches of bone white head. the nose has some light citrus and plenty of grassy and hay-like notes wafting up. the flavor is much more bitter than the nose indicates, sort of English in that way, but fitting loosely into the American pale category still I think. with the lighter flavored and colored malts, its hard to tell where all this body is coming from, but its definitely there. upbeat carbonation saves it from being totally filling, but its still not an all day beer by any stretch. overall a palatable pale ale, more fitting in winter time than in spring time I think, but one worth checking out if you find yourself in grand junction.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. While it has a creamy texture, its retention is unimpressive. A good deal of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Just like the last one from these guys (thanks, beer of the month club!), the nose seems rather mild. I pick up some gentle floral hops, along side some notes of toffee and caramel. Unfortunately, I also pick up some plastic. I have to say that the nose is worrying me quite a bit. (2.5)

Taste: Some initial flavors of floral malts quickly give way a moderate finishing bitterness. I'm also picking up notes of lemongrass, along with a lot of caramel/toffee. But that plastic note from the aroma is transferred down to the taste - and it grows stronger the more I drink it. Even worse, it develops some weird musty flavors after a while. I just have five words for this beer: WAY TOO MUCH CRYSTAL MALT! (2)

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is heavy and stodgy, yet it's also rough and astringent. There is some carbonation to help will it down, though. Still, there's just no excuse for this beer being so hard to drink. Its long aftertaste goes even further to hinder it. (2)

Overall: This beer represents everything wrong with crystal malt bombs - a rough yet over-sweet mouthfeel, a plasticky flavor profile, suffocated hops, and low drinkability relegate this one to stinker status. And I've got two more to drink... :( (2)

2.19/5: Everything wrong with crystal malt encapsulated into a single 12 oz bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Standing Wave is ok...the beer poured a hazy amber with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is slightly bitter from the hops. The taste starts malty then finishes bitter...their is a slight pine twang throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this would be fine to session, but its not a beer that is going to knock anyone's sox off.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Steve.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice sturdy bronzed orange to amber color with a coat of white foamy head that sat atop of the beer. Light stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma captured a nice blend of crisp citrusy to piney bitter hops playing with a delicate toast to caramel malt base.
The flavor was basically the same with the sweetness taking the lead and pushing the bitterness a bit more towards the back end. Nice mild toasty to semi-sweet hoppy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied but seemed to sit just a touch under with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Good pulled back sort of hoppy sweetness in the finish.
Overall, pretty nice APA that I could come back to, if given the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheGent
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Off-white head that settles to a thin veil. Leaves a decent amount of lace. Translucent dried apricot color with virtually no visible carbonation.

S: Hop forward aromas of grapefruit, and some tropical fruit notes like mango. A hint of blueberry. Some sweeter malt notes of caramel.

T: Moderate hop notes of grapefruit, again a hint of tropical fruits. Some sweeter malt notes as well.

M: Deceivingly carbonated based on the appearance. Moderate thickness.

D: I received this beer as part of a beer of the month club. It is a solid pale ale (though it kind of drinks like an IPA). I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer, considering the plethora of weak pale ales out there. Nice job, Kannah. If I could buy the beer here I would as a go to pale ale.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from whole foods last week.. Finally found the time to give it a proper review tonight... Great off-white head with good lacing, clear light amber brew.

Pithy citrus and dry toast are the only real players... light maltiness mid palate but not enough hops to balance.. Nothing really wrong... but definitely nothing to write home about... AVERAGE. Falls flat very fast.


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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wcu80
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A : pours a lovely brassy gold, slightly off white head that is pillowy and doesn't really go anywhere. Bottle date says 10•10•13
S: bready malts, piney hops, a hint of light honey sweetness.
T: solid base malt transitions to zippy and peppery hops. Bitter pine and leaf in the middle on top of honey like sweetness. Ends a bit musty as expected from the age.
M: medium bodied, with a bit more carbonation than usual. Lingering bitterness.

A pretty solid pale ale. Very hoppy for a regular pale, even with the age of it. If I had to guess I'd say the abv is somewhere in the low 5 area. I also like the camping/outdoorsy label.

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Standing Wave Pale Ale from Kannah Creek Brewing Company
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