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Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale AlePalo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale
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Palo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale AlePalo Alto Brewing Hoppy Ending Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by largadeer on 02-03-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by JTahoe:
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3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Starts out fairly strong with a decent appearance, respectable head with sticky lace and respectable retention. Aroma is quite promising as well with layers of citrus and a hint of pine sap. The first taste clings to the first impression, with some of the citrus flavors coming through again along with biscuit and a resinous bite. However subsequent sips do not develop or reveal more layers...rather it becomes apparent that this is a fairly one dimmensional brew, in fact it begins to taste pretty thin quickly. The mouthfeel is too light for the style, though there is a certain velvety quality to the carbonation that is appealing. This isn't a bad beer, but it just doesn't rise to the level of a well made brew. I suppose it could be sessionable...but it really is quite pedestrian.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dank and ripe grapefruit and lemon.
The taste is lemon and grapefruit bitter with just enough sweetness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Good flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of nickd717
4.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a difference a new contract brewer makes. The old version of this beer brewed at Devils Canyon was pretty mediocre, but this is actually very good.

On tap at Rose & Crown. Appearance is excellent. Clear golden with a soapy-looking white head that lasts and leaves great rings of lacing.

Aroma is fresh bright citrus and floral hops along with a little honey sweetness.

Flavor is sweet pale malt and grain along with lots of floral and citrusy hops, with sweet honey on the finish. A little bit of butteriness/diacetyl is the only flaw, but it's hardly noticeable.

Medium body with a dry and hoppy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is really high. Overall this beer is really excellent - a huge improvement over previous batches, really a totally different beer.Great job, Kasim. I'll be having this again for sure.

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Photo of Aishie24
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown in Palo Alto. Pale amber in the glass, bright and clear with a lasting head. Citrusy c-hop aroma, floral, slightly piney. Biscsuit-like malts linger in the background, frolicking amongst the hop fields. Hop flavors are delicate but up-front on the palate, citrusy, fresh and floral. Dry from front to back, light-bodied, perhaps a touch too light, with a faint crackery malt profile. The finish has a beautifully balanced resiny bitterness that doesn't linger too long, making this an easy session beer. Nice stuff, I'm impressed.

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Photo of BdM
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mildly fruity citrus hops with a mild malt sweetness.

Taste: Some herbal/citrus peel bitterness along with a mild malt flavor. There are some fruity citrus notes in here as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with too little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a very exciting beer. Nothing stands out except for the label. I won't search it out again, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

2.0 A: Deeply hazed orangish brown color. Two fingers of foamy head. Retention is just short of average and little lacing is left. Overall, an ugly looking brew.

3.5 S: Nose isn't bad. Biscuity malts with a strong breadiness from the yeast. A touch soapy. Subtle, but pleasant pine hoppiness.

2.0 T: There isn't enough going on here. There aren't enough flavors and those that are there are weak. Rather watery. Biscuity and bready again with piney hop flavor. Too much yeastiness for the amount of overall flavor.

2.5 M: Light body. The only body this has is from the yeast and if it didn't have that it wouldn't be much thicker than water. Carbonation is decent though.

2.0 D: Not a good beer by any means. The only thing it has going for it is that the label artwork is hilarious.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper, white head. Hop aroma is a mixture of herbal, citrus, and peaches. Some sweet malt backing it up. It's actually refreshing for a pale. Tastes almost like nothing. A few quick sips and I'm starting to get a little bitterness. Well attenuated and nearly watery. I'd like to say more about this beer but there's nothing really here. Make it a true session beer and I'd probably be more interested.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle no date – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

Cute label - says this is now brewed by Hermitage Brewing which would explain things

A: Pours a plain caramel amber body with some nice clarity and carbonation evident. A healthy head of khaki foam forms over top with fair retention efforts displayed. Nice sticky lacing observed as the foam grips the glass after each sip.

S: Caramel toffee sweetness up front with a touch of some herbal weed stems and a flash of orange peel on the end stretch. Smells more like a barley wine with a firm malt presence. Not a terrible aroma but not exactly balanced or hop friendly for an APA.

T: Biscuit with an overwhelming caramel malt sweetness. Hops are secondary wielding flavors of orange citrus and pine. Moderate level of perceived bitterness with a slightly resinous trailer of earthy herbals. Alcohol is nicely masked but this is just too sweet and malty for my liking.

M: Moderate filling that seems even heavier by the loaded malt base. There is a light drying effort towards the finish but the feel is watery overall with some soft residual lingering.

D: Not so good. Hops are faded. Lacks proper malt to hop balance and comes off more like a malty barley wine. Either this is a fairly old sample or just plain bad.

Hoppy ending was not achieved. Avoid.

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Photo of chubenzino
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shy5
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scot959
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a decent head.

Aromas are muted. Some grain, dough, and faint pine like hops.

Taste is also pretty muted. Grainy, slightly sweet, and a creaminess from the malts. Finish has faint hints of hops, mineral water bitterness, a touch of pine, and not much else.

Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good body, fairly smooth, but on the thin side.

Overall, this is a very average Pale Ale. Reminded me of a run of the mill homebrew, not bad, but not good either. Pass...

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Photo of KevT
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of airmike
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received from trade into pint glass

A: I give this a perfect score just for the hilarious art work and funny name. The beer was golden in color and highly carbed which lead to a big bubbly head.

S: Malty, Piney hops in the nose.

T: Very bitter hops taste. Not much for floral or pine in the flavor, just bitter.

M: Standard mouthfeel, nothing to really note here.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer, there are better examples of this style out there, but if someone loves a very bitter PA, they would like this beer.


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Photo of bushdere
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of harrymel
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for this as an extra!
Poured to NB globe.

A: amber ale pours with little to no head. Clarity is there, until yeast cake gets in. Scattered surface bubbles on the surface. No lacing.

S: Sweet with alcohol, malts. Less hop character than is typical of an APA. The hop character is cotton candy bubble gum though, with little bits of resin.

T: Standard dry on bitter Pale Ale. A little on the sweet side. malty with a slight corn flavor. Unimpressive.

M: Medium body with fine and mediocre carbonation. Leaves tongue slick.

D: Tastes very, very simple. Nothing special here. Worth a try. I don't know the price point here, but under $1.50/12oz should be max here.

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Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JacobGumina
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of flipper2gv
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nickd717 for this local beer.

A: Brownish orange color. The beer is unfiltered. Aggressive pour didn't give much of the off white head and the little I had didn't have much retention or lacing.

S: Nice hop presence in the smell. Definitive orange juice in this as well as grapefruit. A little bit of pine resin too. Some nice sweet honey as well as biscuit malts. Someone said cotton candy and I could really smell that here. Smells really good for an APA with the correct balance between malts and hops. The smell strength is medium.

T: Again, very sweet balance between the hops and the malts. You get a strong grapefruit as well as orange juice as detected in the smell. More piny hops than in the smell as well as some herbal hops. Sweet honey and cotton candy for the sweets and a biscuit-y malt base. Very well balanced just not strong enough (in the taste) to score higher.

M: Very light body with medium to light carbonation. Could be a bit bigger but the lighter body helps with the drinkability.

D: Solid beer overall. Super tasty with light body. A really good summer brew that could be drank all night.

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Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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