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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

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Added by largadeer on 02-03-2010

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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 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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tropical, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some light floral hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with a hint of pine, some mild bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance hoppy pale ale. Good hop profile.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright golden colour, with a very full and rather persistent head of eggshell white. Lacing is excellent. Body is very light, but that's suitable for the style. Overall, it's a pretty good-looking beer.

Ooh. Nose is lovely and fresh, with big, crisp citrussy hop aromas like zested lemons, orange peel and crushed leaf. It's sharp and direct, but so fresh, so clean. Minimal sweetness, but enough of a depth to the hop character to make it seem balanced. It's obviously incredibly fresh, which helps it a lot (brewed in Sunnyvale, conceived in Palo Alto, consumed in Santa Clara).

Taste is also very clean and fresh, although admittedly rather light on the front and through the centre. Some initial bitterness lingers throughout, giving a bittersweet dried peel character throughout, although it has very little body to back this up. Fortunately, the hop character itself has an intrinsic sweetness to the flavour, which really carries it. Feel is light, but quaffable.

This is a really decent and really quite enjoyable APA. It's incredibly fragrant and flavoursome, and beautifully fresh, of course. I'd be extremely happy to drink this regularly.

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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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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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent brew. I find the bitter tones a bit too much, with the carbonation biting my tongue at the same time. Kind of hits as a one two punch and then that's it. Doesn't really seem to deliver a flavor stream that is anything beyond a mild smack to the mouth with no distinct character. It's a pale ale, it's hopped, blam, there you have it. Nice enough to try, but could use a bit more rounding and subtle character to it. Still a pleasure to drink though.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade with Dabecasiss as an extra. Coo name.

A: A medium amber orange color with tints of light brown. A one finger off white head with full lacing that recedes.

S: Biscuit malts are heavy on this with some floral herbal hop notes. A bit of pine.

T: Again, the malt jumps out first with heavy bready and biscuit flavors mixed with some sweeter caramel. Hops are there and bring out some flavors of citrus and a piney herbal floral character. The malt sweetness mixes back in to leave a sweeter bready finish.

M: Medium to light. No alcohol but nothing spectacular either.

D: Not bad, a decent drinker.

Overall just an average pale ale that could serve itself better with some brighter hops. Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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